PhD Opportunity: Cancer Care
Want a PhD in health economics?
Study with full financial support?
Work part-time and be part of a team conducting leading research?
New PhD scholarships are available under the NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence in Value-based payments in cancer care. This CRE is working on improved funding mechanisms that will provide care that is effective and efficient and lead to better outcomes for cancer patients. This work is focussed on bundled payments, that is paying a lump sum for a series of health care services across an episode of care instead of paying a fee for each individual service.
In addition to a full scholarship, up to 20 hours paid work is offered for work to support the CRE in program management and research assistance. The CRE lead investigators comprise researchers at UTS, UNSW and the University of Sydney. The team also includes leading cancer advocates and practitioners across the major cancer agencies. This provides a valuable opportunity for building your professional networks, and your research management skills.
What topics might form a PhD?
The research agenda covers three streams of work:
- Identifying high priority areas for payment reforms: this will involve identifying variation in current patterns of treatment, and exploring how risk adjustment can be applied to limit unintended consequences
- Developing insights into behavioural responses to payment changes: these will investigate how previous changes in policy or technology have led to changes in patient and provider behaviour, or could use stated preference techniques to explore behaviour
- The development of micro simulation models to predict the impact of proposed changes: these models will need to incorporate behavioural insights into the analysis of current patterns of care and the distribution of costs
Students will have the freedom to develop their own topic within the overall research program
PhD Opportunity: Quality of Life
Expressions of interest by Friday, 4th December 2020
The Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at the University of Technology Sydney is seeking candidates who are interested in undertaking a PhD in the area of quality of life and health outcome valuation. Scholarships are available for suitably qualified candidates, funded through our programme of research in measurement and valuation of Quality of Life and health outcomes for use in economic evaluation. They provide a valuable opportunity to develop research skills in this area, and train as part of a team including leading Quality of Life researchers in Australia.
The scholarships are available as part of current research grants including a large and prestigious Medical Research Futures Fund (MRFF) grant, and grants from other domestic and international funders (including the EuroQol Research Foundation).
Candidates will have the opportunity to develop their own research interests within the broader research programme that aims to investigate and improve how health and quality of life outcomes are measured and valued in different populations. This is important as it supports the development of tools that are used in government decision making about which health interventions and treatments to fund. More specifically, areas of research relevant to these scholarships include the points below. We have opportunities to conduct this research in multiple populations including children, adults, and people with different types of health conditions:
- Investigating what areas of quality of life should be measured in different populations using mixed methods approaches (for example using qualitative and psychometric methods).
- Investigating the validity of existing methods for measuring health and Quality of Life, and how these could be improved.
- Investigating the ways in which health and quality of life is valued by different populations using a mixed methods approach. This may include qualitative work to test different types of stated preference methods, with a focus on Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) methods. Quantitative data collection to test aspects of the use of DCE methods to value health is also possible.
For further information about these opportunities please contact Prof Rosalie Viney email@example.com or Prof. Deborah Street (CHERE Higher Degree Research coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scholarship is open to national and international students wishing to commence a PhD in 2021.