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Four PhD scholarships are now available in Deakin University's Population Health SRC, School of Health and Social Development. The Population Health SRC comprises of an integrated, multidisciplinary team that shares a common vision to deliver health improvements for Australian and global populations through relevant, innovative research and knowledge translation, strategic national and international collaborations, and building public health research capacity. Deakin's Population Health SRC has established a large portfolio of activities in public health research, training, knowledge translation, advocacy, and expert advisory services, both in Australia and internationally. A strong team of internationally-recognised and emerging research leaders, world class collaborators, and exceptional international networks mean our research programs have shaped policy and practice globally.
Our research program currently makes a substantial contribution to minimising disease burden both in Australia and overseas. The Population Health SRC supports a growing cohort of Higher Degree by Research students, providing them with opportunities to engage with national and international experts.
Project 1: Community-based prevention and systems science (2 scholarships available)
This project aims to expand the evidence base to examine which system factors are essential to population level obesity prevention through analysis of high quality data from multiple successful interventions and evaluating a cluster randomised controlled trial of a very large scale state wide system-based intervention. The WHO Collaborating Centres have led the world in the design of community-based interventions (CBI) to prevent obesity and is a major contributor to the child population part of a multi-partner evaluation trial of Healthy Together Victoria, the Victorian government's implementation of a large system-based approach to obesity prevention.
This research project will examine firstly whether key system elements are associated with inftervention success in preventing childhood obesity, and secondly the extent to which a whole of system intervention reduces childhood obesity. Potential PhD topics within this project could include research into monitoring overweight and obesity during early childhood in Victoria, development of new methods to evaluate large scale systems-level interventions and the diffusion of interventions, and modelling the dynamics in systems for obesity prevention implementation.
Project 2: Heart disease epidemiology - HeartStats (2 scholarships available)
The Heart Foundation and Deakin University Australian Heart Disease Statistics Program (HeartStats) is a new collaborative Australian heart disease research program that will develop a comprehensive picture of heart disease mortality, morbidity, treatment and risk factors in the Australian population, to support research, advocacy, policy and improved heart health for Australians. Research streams (and potential PhD topics) will include mapping and analysing data on known and emerging risk factors, and modelling the potential future burden of heart disease. HeartStats will provide a platform for further research into heart disease in Australia, advocacy for better collection and use of relevant health data, and for international collaboration and leadership in heart disease prevention and management. High calibre students are sought to contribute to the overall research program and develop and conduct high quality, policy-relevant research into heart disease and its determinants in Australia.
The projects will be supervised by Prof Steven Allender and Dr Melanie Nichols. The projects will be based in the Population Health SRC at the Geelong Waterfront Campus.
The scholarship stipend rate is $24,653 per annum, tax exempt (2013 rate) for 3 years. The scholarships are for full-time candidates.
Please submit an online application.
If you wish to discuss your research interests and project proposal before applying, please contact us on the details below before applying online. Please read the terms and conditions (350 KB) of the award for more details.
Please contact Dr Melanie Nichols (Email. firstname.lastname@example.org or Ph. (03) 5227 8446).