The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

Scholarship Opportunity: Preventing burn injury for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Type of career: 
Postgraduate opportunities
Application close date: 
Contact name: 
Kate Hunter

An opportunity for a prestigious UNSW Scientia PhD scholarships in public health research at The George Institute for Global Health, comprising:

  • $40,000 per annum stipend for four years (tax free)
  • Tuition fees covered for the full 4-year period (for international and local students)
  • Coaching and mentoring as part of your highly personalized career and leadership development plan
  • Up to $10,000 each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are more likely than other Australian children to be hospitalized following a flame burn. Our current NHMRC funded study has found that if an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child has a flame burn, they are less likely to have access to immediate first aid, which can impact time in hospital and recovery.

The focus of this PhD is to better understand the mechanism of injury; and to work with community members and clinicians to co-design and trial a burn prevention and first aid program among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Our ideal candidate will be an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person with an undergraduate degree in allied health, medical sciences or nursing with honours. With experience in qualitative health research she/he will be skilled in the conduct of research working closely with Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander families, communities and organisations. The candidate will be highly motivated, eager to work in a multidisciplinary team and committed to ongoing learning.

The supervisory team is Rebecca Ivers, The George Institute for Global Health, Kate Hunter, The George Institute for Global Health, Sandra Eades, Centre for Big Data Health Research.

Please submit your applications via the UNSW website:

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of UNSW’s dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy. The Scientia Scheme is targeted in that applicants apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team and application is by nomination. 

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