The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

Scholarship Opportunity: Preventing falls and maintaining mobility of older people with vision impairment

Type of career: 
Postgraduate opportunities
Application close date: 
Contact name: 
Lisa Keay

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.

Falls incur over $1 billion in treatment, disability, lost output and mortality each year. The vulnerability to fall related injury and the large and increasing number of older people with vision loss (40% of those aged 85+) make falls prevention in this sector a critical public health issue. Improvements in physical function may reduce falls in older people with vision impairment. The ‘Lifestyle approach to reducing Falls through Exercise’ is a promising strategy being evaluated in a funded trial in partnership with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. This program stands to realize other imperative benefits for older people through improved mobility.

Clinical background in an eye health discipline, geriatrics or exercise physiology/physiotherapy would be an advantage for this project.  A strong interest in health economics is required to pursue the necessary training to complete a trial based and modelled economic evaluation of this falls prevention program.  An aptitude for biostatistical analyses including management of a large complex dataset is required to work with the trial and accelerometer data.  Biostatistical support and training will be provided as part of the PhD program.  Professional experience that has demonstrated the candidate's ability to work in a team and to communicate at a high level through oral presentation and written work is required.

The supervisory team is Lisa Keay, The George Institute for Global Health, Pradeep Ramulu, Wilmer Eye Institute, Stephen Jan, The George Institute for Global Health. 

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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