HDR Scholarship - Physician preferences for Medical Innovation

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Physician preferences for Medical Innovation'.

Project Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

This project aims to identify the causes and consequences of medical practice variations by providing new evidence on the process through which physicians adopt and use new medical technology. This project expects to generate new knowledge on how physicians' human and social capital determine their preferences for taking up new medical technology and the economic consequences of such decisions. Expected outcomes of this project include a greater understanding of the sources for and costs of inappropriate use of healthcare, such as low-value care. This should provide significant benefits, such as contributing to the construction of effective policies for improving efficiency and equity of the healthcare system.

Project aim

The candidate will undertake mainly empirical research work using applied econometric techniques and data manipulation for causal analysis in the field of health economics. Work tasks will also include a theoretical component in the form of building choice models for physician decision-making and network analysis. The candidate is expected to be proactive, independent and willing to develop own ideas and extensions for future projects to further their PhD thesis. In addition, presentation at internal and external seminars and workshops, and writing research papers and reports is expected.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, 16 October 2023


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $30,000 per annum tax exempt (2023 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate
  • International students only:  Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate residing in Australia. 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.

In addition, the applicant should have at least a basic understanding of:

  • empirical methods in applied economic research,
  • health economic concepts and the health care system and
  • empirical analysis of large datasets.

How to apply

Please apply using the Find a Research Supervisor tool


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

Associate Professor Daniel Avdic
Email A/Prof Daniel Avdic
+61 3 924 46901