Multi-disciplinary health opportunities

Staff may like to share two College of Medicine and Public Health PhD scholarships that are taking applications from students wishing to commence their candidacy in 2020, who could be from within or outside of that college.

Resilience, smoking cessation, and low socio-economic status communities

This PhD scholarship will study the effectiveness of interventions aimed at smoking cessation in low socio-economic status areas of Adelaide. It is part of a three-year Cancer Australia study awarded to a Flinders University-led multidisciplinary team.

The PhD candidate will work alongside a Research Fellow and be supervised by members of the research team, led by Professor Paul Ward.  This team spans expertise in sociology, psychology, economics, public health, epidemiology and mental health.

Numerous topics might be explored, with the candidate to devise their own project in collaboration with the research team. The scholarship could be suitable for students with an honours degree or equivalent in areas such as public health, sociology, anthropology, medical/health sciences, psychology or other cognate disciplines.

The successful applicant will need to be highly organised and able to liaise between the research team and stakeholders.

Women, alcohol and breast cancer prevention

This PhD will contribute to a study on women’s knowledge and understandings of alcohol as a risk factor for breast cancer.

This opportunity is part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project (‘Osiris’) awarded to a multi-disciplinary team of Australian and International researchers in public health, sociology, anthropology and epidemiology. The candidate will join two other PhD candidates who have already commenced projects affiliated with the study.

As a class 1 carcinogenic, alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer. Despite this, women in midlife are among Australia’s heaviest alcohol consumers. Acceptance of communication about the breast cancer risk associated with alcohol consumption is complex, with responses to messaging hinging on whether women perceive themselves to be at risk for cancer.

Numerous topics might be explored within the theme of alcohol-related risk and breast cancer perceptions, with the candidate devising their project in collaboration with the research team. This scholarship could be suitable for students with an honours degree or equivalent in public health, social sciences, anthropology, medical/health sciences, gender studies, political sciences, psychology, or other relevant discipline.


Applicants need to email Professor Paul Ward with the topic of the PhD in the subject heading – ‘PhD Resilience Scholarship EOI’ or ‘PhD Alcohol Scholarship EOI’ – and the following attachments:

  • CV including citizenship or permanent residence status and contact details for two professional referees
  • scanned copies of academic transcripts
  • statement of previous research experience and any publications.

Applications for both scholarships close at 5pm on 31 August 2020.

Contact Professor Paul Ward for more information or find out more about the admission process here.

The government scholarship rate of $28,092 per annum over a maximum of three years applies to both opportunities.

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