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UTS PhD Scholarship: Public health/health services research of complementary medicine self-care

The Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), UTS Faculty of Health is seeking two ambitious and talented students to undertake PhD study within a national multi-disciplinary project funded by an ARC Discovery Project Grant. These students will be supervised by ARCCIM Director, Professor Jon Adams and ARCCIM Deputy Director, Professor David Sibbritt and other relevant research staff as appropriate.

The ARCCIM is dedicated to conducting health care research of impact for practice, policy and wider patient care. It has developed a large research program (funded by a significant number of NHMRC and ARC competitive grants) and houses a wide range of disciplinary and methodological expertise, including 2 prestigious NHMRC and ARC Research Fellowships.

The project utilises mixed-methods to examine a number of issues around community-based complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) self-care for chronic illness amongst older Australian women.

The ARCCIM are ideally looking to appoint two students, one student with training, skills and interest in quantitative health research methods (survey methodology and statistical analysis) and another student with training, skills and interest in qualitative health research methods. Candidates with both sets of training, skills and interest are also encouraged to apply.

Value and duration

The PhDs will both be full-time and by publication and will be expected to enrol and proceed with study in March 2015.
The successful candidates will be awarded $25,849 per annum over 3 years.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must:

  • have completed a relevant Bachelor Degree in health research, public health, health services research, health social science, health psychology or a related field with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division 1), or be regarded by the University as having an equivalent level of attainment;
  • be enrolled as a full-time student.

Course area(s)

Health, Pharmacy

Selection process

ARCCIM are seeking candidates who have developed or are looking to develop a strong multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to health research and who are focused upon quality study design and analysis and peer-reviewed authorship.

While previous experience in CAM research would be an advantage it is not essential - candidates with appropriate methodological skills and training will also be considered and are also strongly encouraged to apply.

An excellent academic record and a commitment to the critical scientific investigation of CAM as a substantive topic of health research are required.


Applicants should explain, in a short covering letter, what attracts them to this project, why their discipline is appropriate, and outline their experience in working as a team. Please send your scholarship application to Professor Jon Adams

For further information on applying, please contact Professor Jon Adams on 0404 933 790 or at jon.adams@uts.edu.au.

Applicants for the scholarship must also have submitted an application for a PhD at UTS.

For further information contact

For further information please contact Professor Jon Adams on 0404 933 790 or at jon.adams@uts.edu.au