PhD Scholarship in Health Services Research
Monash University, Dementia Risk Reduction in Primary Care

PhD Scholarship - Health Services Research

Topic: Dementia Risk Reduction in Primary Care

Job no: 599638

Location: Parkville Campus

Employment Type: Full-time 

Duration: 3 year fixed-term appointment 

Remuneration: This generous scholarship will provide a $28,373 (2020) per annum stipend and will support the successful applicant for the approved duration of their PhD candidature (to a maximum of 3 years). Scholarships are available for Australian citizens and permanent residents. Females and Indigenous Australians are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Opportunity:

The Centre for Medicine Use and Safety is looking for a PhD scholar that will be based at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University (Parkville). They will be working closely with the investigators and project staff in the implementation of the project, coordination of data collection, data management, analyses and interpretation of data, writing reports and dissemination of results through conferences and publications. This provides a great opportunity to study in a Faculty that is in the top 3 worldwide and with a University that ranks in the top 100 worldwide.

Dementia is a leading health burden and a major cause of morbidity and mortality globally. In 2018, there were an estimated 436,000 Australians living with dementia, with an expected increase to 1,076,000 by 2058. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), as part of the Boosting Dementia Research Grants Priority Round Five: Dementia Risk Reduction and Prevention, awarded $2 million to Monash University for a study designed to prevent and reduce the risk of developing dementia in 45-65-year-old adults. The program – called Holistic Approach in Primary care for Preventing Memory Impairment and Dementia (HAPPI MIND) – will be carried out across New South Wales and Victoria with a view to developing an individualised health promotion programme, comprising of self-management training, practical behaviour change techniques and GP-coordinated interdisciplinary management of dementia risk factors.

The collaborative interdisciplinary project involving Monash University, Melbourne University, Deakin University and the University of Newcastle is led by Dr Johnson George, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS) at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The program will involve three-monthly face-to-face or telephone meetings with the practice nurse, a personalised risk reduction action plan, and referral to targeted additional interventions as needed in 1st year and tailored mobile phone-based risk reduction support for 3 years.

About you

The scholarship will be awarded based on an applicant’s academic record, research output and prior research experience. Honours/Masters degree in a Healthcare discipline or Public Health or Psychology and an interest in applied research is essential. HAPPI MIND provides an ideal research training opportunity for an enthusiastic and diligent candidate with excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), attention to detail and ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Eligibility Requirements

  • This scholarship is open to domestic applicants (Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents)
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a Bachelors Degree with Honours equivalent to First Class honours OR a Masters Degree equivalent to First Class honours and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program
  • New candidates may apply – prior research experience is preferable

About scholarship opportunities 

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship has an annual stipend of $28,373 (2020) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the RTP Conditions of Award for more information. A successful International applicant may also be considered for a Monash University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

What we offer

You will study in a Faculty that is in the top 3 worldwide and with a University that ranks in the top 100 worldwide. This opportunity is offered as part of the Doctoral Training Program in the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety. This offers an elite program in a world-class scientific environment to ensure our graduates are not only specialists in their chosen scientific field, but also have an understanding of diverse topics, techniques and practices.

Further information 

For project-related enquiries please contact: 
Dr Johnson George (Principal Investigator)


For administration enquiries please contact: 
Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctoral training program


How to submit an expression of interest/apply

Interested applicants should check their eligibility before submitting an expression of interest (EOI) to:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project
  • Academic transcripts
  • English test results (IELTS or TOEFL)
  • Up-to-date CV (including details of any research publications)
  • A scanned copy of your passport

Closing Date for expression of interest 

Tuesday 31 December 2019, 5:00 pm AEDT for domestic applicants


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