Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Scholarship opportunity in Cardio-metabolic Health research

The Centre for Primary Care and Prevention based at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research is seeking an applicant for a PhD Scholarship to undertake innovative research in the field of cardio-metabolic disease and health outcomes.

The metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a cluster of cardio-metabolic risk factors and confers risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The MetS is largely determined by poor life-style factors (e.g unhealthy diet, sedentary behaviour) and is preventable, yet affects a significant proportion of Australian adults. This PhD aims to explore the clinical utility of a newly developed MetS Severity Score by analysing clinical data to assess associations with bio-markers of sub-clinical disease and validation via linkage with the Australian National Death Index. If validated, the MetS Severity Score holds promise as an outcome for behavioural and health services based interventions. It also provides a means to track aggregate MetS severity over time to assess improvement or worsening of risk factors.

The Scholarship recipient will be supervised by Associate Professor Melinda Carrington (Director of the Centre for Primary Care and Prevention and Future Leader Fellow of the National Heart Foundation). Co-supervision will include other relevant health professionals and researchers who are experts in their field.

The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment for PhD students to pursue a research career. It has a number of academic and support staff dedicated to its research program, substantial research funding, and a vibrant PhD program. Associate Professor Melinda Carrington and her team are world-leading pioneers in comprehensive risk assessment and nurse-led interventions to prevent cardio-metabolic disease and manage chronic disease.

Scholarship criteria:

  • An Australian First Class or Second Class Upper Division Honours degree or Research Master’s degree in any of the fields of Health Services Research, Psychology, Biological Sciences and Bio-statistics.
  • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards and grants
  • Professional experience and/or relevant training and/or research experience in their preferred area of research.
  • A marked interest to conduct a PhD in the area of the research scholarship if not already a PhD Candidate*.
  • Academic publications and/or conference presentations, especially in the area of the research scholarship, relative to their career to date.

*Current PhD candidates without an existing Scholarship and still in the 1st year of full-time equivalent candidature are still eligible to apply.

Study mode: Full-time only

The scholarship provides:

  • A tax free stipend of $26,288 and a $5,000 per annum top-up for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.
  • A fee waiver and OSHC policy for International research candidates.
  • Project costs and conference travel.

For information on the scholarship and ‘how to apply’ contact:

Jessica Stagnitti
Executive Assistant/Research Assistant to A/Professor Melinda Carrington
Phone: +61 3 9230 8180

Scholarship applications should be forwarded to:

Graduate Research
Australian Catholic University
PO Box 968
North Sydney NSW 2059

Applications close: 30 September 2016

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