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PhD Scholarships: University of New South Wales

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The Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales (UNSW) is offering three PhD scholarships – apply by July 2017.

Through the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme, the Centre for Social Research in Health is offering three scholarships, supervised by leading experts in HIV prevention, indigenous health and drug policy. Benefits include:

  • $40K a year stipend for four years
  • Tuition fees covered (inclusive for international students)
  • Coaching, mentoring and a personalised leadership development plan
  • Up to $10K each year to build your career and support international research collaborations.

Further details of the scheme are available from the UNSW Scientia Scholarships site.

To discuss any of the following three scholarships, please contact the primary supervisors: 

Understanding Personal, Social and Community Effects of Biomedical HIV Prevention
Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Martin Holt
Additional Supervisors: Dr Bridget Haire and Associate Professor Christy Newman

The last decade has transformed the practices of HIV prevention. Sustained HIV treatment (‘treatment as prevention’) and taking antiretroviral drugs prophylactically (‘pre-exposure prophylaxis’) have both been shown to be highly effective in preventing HIV transmission, and are endorsed internationally and increasingly promoted in many countries. Biomedical prevention disrupts the ways in which people conceptualise risk and practise safe sex, gives rise to new identities and practices, and affect the ways in which communities respond effectively to HIV. We are seeking students who will examine these issues in depth, using qualitative methods (such as interviewing, participant observation or media analysis).

Closing the Gap? Critical Perspectives on Health Policy and Indigenous Self-Determination
Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Christy Newman
Additional Supervisors: Dr Diana Perche and Associate Professor Reuben Bolt

Australian governments have devoted substantial resources to the problem of ‘Closing the Gap’ between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, particularly in relation to health outcomes, over the past decade. We seek proposals from students interested in critically examining health policies linked to ‘Closing the Gap’, and documenting accounts of indigenous self-determination, health and well-being which provide alternatives to a deficit model of policy ‘failure’. Taking a national perspective, the doctoral candidate will be expected to reflect critically on the diverse contributions and perspectives of indigenous leaders, community organisations, service providers and service users on enacting effective policy change in this area.

Contemporary Approaches to the Engagement of Consumers in Drug Policy
Primary Supervisor: Professor Carla Treloar
Additional Supervisors: Professor Alison Ritter and Dr Kari Lancaster

The engagement of target communities in policy processes ensures representation by the affected community in the policy area. In some health/social policy areas, communities lack power to represent themselves, and mechanisms need to be developed to ensure effective and fair access. This is most potent when considering illicit drugs policy – people who use drugs are most directly affected by the policies but are least likely to be engaged in policy processes. This PhD will analyse past mechanisms of engagement (e.g., drug summits) and trial three new participatory processes, leading to internationally relevant innovations in participatory democracy for affected communities.

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