HDR Scholarship - Secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease'.

Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research topic

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity globally and is the number one killer of Australians. Most people survive their initial CVD event and only have a short stay in hospital. However, these patients are at greater risk of a secondary CVD event. Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) is a secondary prevention strategy that successfully reduces the risk of a secondary cardiovascular event. Unfortunately, referral, attendance and completion of CR in Australia remains sub-optimal. Thus, improving access and quality of secondary prevention strategies is a priority.

The successful candidate will work with the support, guidance and supervision of the Director of Heart & Mind Research and SOLVE-CHD collaborators as part of a national initiative dedicated to the development and use of new technologies, better collection and use of data and improving access to prevention for all Australians with heart disease. This project is funded by the NHMRC Synergy Grant APP1182301, Solving the longstanding evidence-practice gap associated with cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease (SOLVE-CHD). It is a multidisciplinary team that includes researchers and clinicians with allied health, nursing, cardiology, public health, health economics and psychology backgrounds. The successful candidate will be based at University Hospital Geelong. Please see here more information about the Food & Mood Centre.

Project aim

This project aims to improve the quality and access to cardiac rehabilitation in Victoria. The candidate will have the opportunity to create their own project that aligns with the mission of the SOLVE-CHD network and that advances the quality of cardiac rehabilitation in the State of Victoria under the supervision of the Victorian and national SOLVE-CHD team.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 4th January 2023


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $32,000 per annum tax exempt

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic candidate. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

How to apply

Please apply using the Find a Research Supervisor tool


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof. Adrienne O’Neil and Dr Sarah Gauci

Prof. Adrienne O’Neil
Email Prof. Adrienne O’Neil
+61 3 522 73799

Dr Sarah Gauci
Email Dr Sarah Gauci
+61 3 522 73575