Current Opportunities

PhD in Health Economics Modelling of Obesity
CRE EPOC PhD Scholarship


PhD in Health Economics Modelling of Obesity


The Kassulke Scholarship for a PhD in health economic modelling of obesity is currently available at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. Please see details below. 
The Project The Kassulke Scholarship has been made possible by a generous donation from a graduate of the Sydney Medical School. The successful candidate will undertake a PhD project to develop a health economic model of obesity progression and its consequences in Australia. The project will involve further development of an existing epidemiological model of obesity progression, enabling its use for cost-effectiveness analysis of obesity prevention programmes, and focussing particularly on adolescents and young adults. The successful candidate will work closely with members of the newly established Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood and other researchers at the School of Public Health and the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. This project will include:

  • Review of the evidence for the association between
    weight status and direct and indirect costs throughout the
    adult life course
  • Review of the evidence for association of quality of life
    and weight status
  • Statistical analysis of existing population level datasets
  • Further development of an existing micro-simulation model to predict long term economic outcomes
  • Review of existing evidence for successful weight loss or
    obesity prevention programmes in adolescents and young
  • Use of the model to investigate the cost-effectiveness of
    selected interventions, at scale

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop research and analytic skills and an academic network that will help to prepare them for a research career in health economics. The candidate’s PhD will address a national health priority area, and will contribute critical analysis into the best and most cost-effective ways to manage obesity in Australia. It is likely the project will inform policy in this area. The project will be supervised by A/Prof Alison Hayes (School of Public Health), with additional supervision from academics at the George Institute, the School of Public Health and the Charles Perkins Centre. This is an excellent opportunity for candidates to gain valuable experience working in a critical research area. The successful scholarship candidate will have:

  • Honours or Masters degree in public health, economics, epidemiology or statistics
  • Excellent quantitative skills
  • Experience in statistical analysis & computer programming
  • Excellent analysis and writing skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills
  • Capacity to work with researchers and policymakers in a
    range of sectors
  • A strong interest in obesity prevention

  *   Capacity to seek further scholarship funds, with support from supervisors 


Applications: Please see the following link for details of how to apply: . Alison Hayes is also available to answer queries from prospective students


Closing date: 31 January 2017


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CRE EPOC PhD Scholarship - QUT



This PhD scholarship will be  awarded to a student with exceptional research potential, to complete a PhD that aligns with the objectives of the Centre for Research Excellence for the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (CRE-EPOCH).
We are seeking a PhD candidate, with a focus on parenting style and obesity related behaviours in early childhood. There may be the opportunity to work in early education and care settings such as playgroups or family day care.
Your PhD will be supervised through the CRE-EPOCH at the Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR) at South Brisbane, where you will also have access to the interdisciplinary expertise available in the centre.

Obesity affects children even prior to school entry. Early childhood is a period when many behaviours that promote the development of obesity – such as poor eating habits and physical inactivity - are established. The National Health and Medical Research Council has funded the Centre for Research Excellence for the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood, 2016 to 2020. The aim of the CRE-EPOCH is to reduce the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related behaviours in the first five years of life.

Professor Stewart Trost co-leads the ‘measurement of obesity-related behaviours’ stream of CRE-EPOCH. He is a Professor of Child Health in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, and member of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Research (IHBI) at QUT. Trost has been conducting research on obesity-related behaviours in children and adolescents for over 20 years. He was a member of a consortium of Australian researchers that designed and published the first Australian Physical Activity Report Card, and headed the scientific committee responsible for drafting the first physical activity recommendations for Australian youth and was a co-author of the national physical activity recommendations for Australian children 0-5 years. In 2012, he served on President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Scientific Board. Trost is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, with over 150 publications in high quality peer-reviewed journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Paediatrics. As a PI or co-investigator, he has received funding from the NIH, USDA, NHMRC, ARC, and other research foundations totalling $3.8 million.

Available for :You have to be applying for a QUT course to apply for this scholarship.
Student type: Future domestic research students or Future international research students
Study type: Postgraduate research
Faculty/area: Health
Eligible courses: IF49


Eligibility details
You must:
- have completed a bachelor degree with first-class honours (H1) or an equivalent qualification. If you're not sure if your

  qualifications are equivalent to first-class honours, check our guidelines for determining honours equivalence (PDF file,

111.03 KB).
- meet the entry requirements for a PhD at QUT
- plan to conduct research on a topic that aligns with the objectives of the CRE-EPOCH. Your topic will need to be approved by the centre.
- be able to enrol as a full-time PhD student unless QUT approves a part-time scholarship due to exceptional circumstances. If you are an international student, you must enrol full-time.


You can't apply if you:
- hold a research doctorate degree or equivalent research qualification
- are receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary to complete a research degree that provides a benefit greater

   than 75% of this scholarship's stipend rate.
What you receive
- Full-time students receive a tax exempt annual living allowance of $26,288 (matching the Australian Postgraduate

   Award (APA) rate), paid fortnightly and indexed annually for up to 3 years
- If you're approved to hold a part-time scholarship, you'll receive a taxable annual living allowance of $13,144, paid

  fortnightly and indexed annually for up to 6 years
Other allowances
You may also be able to apply for:
a thesis allowance of up to $840 to cover costs associated with production of your research doctorate thesis
a relocation allowance of up to $1,520 if you are a domestic student (Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or New Zealand citizen) and you must move from another Australian city to Brisbane to take up the scholarship.


How to apply
Applications close 16th January 2016.
To apply for this scholarship, or for more information about the project, eligibility or selection criteria, contact Dr Rebecca Byrne, Accredited Practising Dietitian and post-doctoral research fellow CRE-EPOCH:
Email:    Phone: (07) 30697308    Website:


What happens next
If your application for the scholarship is successful, we'll invite you to submit a formal application to study your PhD at QUT. You'll need to accept the scholarship offer within 3 weeks.
This scholarship is awarded for a 3-year term for doctoral studies. QUT has the strong expectation that, with an appropriately scoped project and consistent effort, you will complete your work and submit your thesis for external examination within this timeframe.
We will monitor your annual progress reports and degree milestones to ensure that you continue to meet the eligibility requirements of the scholarship.
You must notify our Research Students Centre as soon as possible of any change in your circumstances that may affect your eligibility to receive any scholarship entitlements.
For full terms and conditions, read the scholarship rules.

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