Opportunities for students

At IMPACT, we work toward new methods to prevent, understand and treat mental and physical health disorders. As a research degree student, you will be a part of a team that's running long term population-based studies and trialling world first treatments.

Diverse research opportunities

Right now, we're coming up with solutions for chronic disease and novel therapies for psychiatric disorders, and novel management strategies for musculoskeletal and metabolic disorders. We’re striving to find the links between physical and mental health.

Study with us and you'll have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of research projects. These could include the correlation of diet and mental health, the health burden of osteoporosis, online psychological interventions and much more.

We offer projects for students enrolled in Honours, Masters and PhD. Potential projects can be found here: School of Medicine Research Projects - Handbook

I’ve gained hands-on clinical experience and had access to the latest technology, hands-on training and world-class supervisors… I now feel confident that I’m prepared for a successful research career.

Natalie Hyde

IMPACT RHD student

Partners for successful research outcomes

There's nothing more productive than working directly with industry and academic partners. Our research students get the chance to work with academic partners at a local, national and international level.

IMPACT SRC has several ongoing collaborations, including Stanford University, Harvard University, Cambridge, University of Toronto, University of Manitoba, Barcelona University, University of East Finland, University of Melbourne, Australian Catholic University, Monash University, James Cook University, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, Curtin University, University of Londrina, University of Rio Grande do Sul, the Baker IDI, the Australian and New Zealand Diabetes and Cancer Collaboration (ANZDCC), and many others.

Current PhD projects

Targeting the prenatal diet for maternal and infant gut health

Serotonin and Bone Metabolism

Bipolar Disorder and Bone Health

Acute Health Service Utilisation in Diabetes Mellitus: A Project in Western Victoria

Dysglycaemia in women

Bone Material Strength: A New Method for Determining the Material Properties of Bone

The efficacy of adjunctive Garcinia mangostana linn (mangosteen) pericarp for bipolar depression: A 24-week double-blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial

Muscle power and brain power

The Impact of Mental Health on Cancer Associated Mortality

Biological pathways that mediate between diet and depression

Best practice case management and health outcomes in compensable injury’ and ‘A randomised controlled trial of A2 versus non-A2 milk in Australian women

Changes in muscle mass in survivors of critical illness

MICRO-‘SCOPE: A study of diet, gut microbiota and mental health in community-dwelling adults

The contribution of systemic inflammation to the association between frailty and musculoskeletal health

Completed PhD projects

Cigarette smoking and increased anxiety symptoms and disorders.

Attributions of responsibility for motor vehicle accidents and post-injury outcomes.

Sleep disturbances and associated health outcomes: an epidemiological study.

Personality disorders in the community.

Discussion Forum Engagement in an Online Intervention for Bipolar Disorder.

The development of a clinical risk assessment tool for predicting depression.

Understanding the role of health literacy in the prevention of osteoporosis.

Gestational Vitamin D and Offspring Development.

Contact us

For further information about honours, PhD and postdoctoral opportunities, please contact Associate Professor Lana Williams:

Associate Professor Lana Williams
+61 3 4215 3320
Email Associate Professor Williams

General enquiries
+61 3 4215 3320

IMPACT Strategic Research Centre
(Barwon Health)
School of Medicine
Deakin University
PO Box 281
Geelong Victoria 3220