The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

PhD Scholarship Opportunity: Preventing Falls in Older Aboriginal People (via UNSW Scientia Scholarship Scheme)

Type of career: 
Postgraduate opportunities
Application close date: 
Contact name: 
Leanne Tea

An opportunity for a prestigious UNSW Scientia PhD scholarships in public health research at The George Institute for Global Health, comprising:

•    $40,000 per annum stipend for four years (tax free)

•    Tuition fees covered for the full 4-year period (for international and local students)

•    Coaching and mentoring as part of your highly personalized career and leadership development plan

•    Up to $10,000 each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations.

We're seeking a suitable student to work on the research  'Preventing Falls in Older Aboriginal People'. Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is ageing: in 1991, Aboriginal people aged 55 years and over accounted for only 6% of Australia's total Aboriginal population and this proportion is predicted to double to 12% by 2021, with resulting increased in ageing conditions such as falls. This PhD project will involve a large scale trial in NSW, SA and WA to test the effectiveness of a community based program in reducing falls and improving function in older Aboriginal people. Our multidisciplinary research team brings together world-leading researchers in Aboriginal health, fall prevention, health economics, qualitative methods and biostatistics. The results of this trial will be directly relevant for practice as the program is designed to be 'scaled up' to impact older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the Australian population.

The supervisory team is Professor Rebecca Ivers, The George Institute for Global Health (UNSW), Dr Tamara Mackean, The George Institute for Global Health (UNSW) and  Professor Kathleen Clapham, Unoversity of Wollongong.

Please submit your applications via the UNSW website: 

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of UNSW’s dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy. The Scientia Scheme is targeted in that applicants apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team and application is by nomination.  To learn more about the Scientia PhD scholarship, click here: