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We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a background or strong interest in health economics for an opportunity to complete a PhD in the context of using patient reported outcome measures for decision making in health care.

A full-time scholarship ($40,000 per annum) is available with the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation, Centre for Healthcare Transformation, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The scholarship is funded by the Queensland Health Preventive Health Branch, with the successful candidate to be enrolled at QUT.

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in health economics, health services research and a background or experience in statistics. Experience in R software or similar and handling large health data is desirable.

Supervision, training, support, and mentoring will be provided by AusHSI health economics team and QLD Health partners. Enrolment will be within the School of Public Health and Social Work.

The scholarship opportunity has a strong industry focus and a generous support package. This project will quantify the relationship between health status and health service utilisation with health-related quality of life/EQ-5D utility measures.

The broad objectives are:

Develop a mapping algorithm between the Healthy Days instrument and the EQ-5D-5L for the Australian population.
Exploring the impacts of:
a. Current key preventive health risk factors on current quality of life/EQ-5D utility
b. Prior tertiary health service utilisation and health conditions on subsequent quality of life/EQ-5D utility and risk factor profiles.
An applied health service component (TBD) using the EQ-5D to determine the cost-utility of the service.

About the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI)

AusHSI is a research, consultancy and training organisation based at QUT as part of the Centre for Healthcare Transformation. We are a multidisciplinary centre comprising health economists, statisticians, health service, and clinical and implementation science researchers. We enable health service organisations to evolve and improve based on the latest research. We integrate research findings into policy and practice and help make changes in greater efficiencies and enhanced patient outcomes.

About the Preventive Health Branch

Queensland Health–Preventive Health Branch (PHB) is responsible for both monitoring and state-wide health system policy across a range of key preventive health risk factors. PHB conducts annual telephone surveys focused on obesity, adult smoking, physical activity, nutrition, sunburn and sun protection, and adult alcohol consumption to monitor trends in the health and wellbeing of Queensland adults and children. In addition, survey results inform the development of preventive health policies and planning for future health needs.

The Queensland adult preventive health survey (QPHS) interviews 12,500 Queenslanders annually.

This PhD opportunity will use two years of QPHS data (2022 and 2023) which also include the EQ-5D-5L and a quality-of-life measure.

More information about the survey is available from


To be eligible for entry to a PhD you must have:

successfully completed a research masters degree


successfully completed a masters by coursework degree or professional doctorate, with at least 25 per cent research


graduated from an honours degree with a First Class or 2A Honours.
For further information on PhD requirements at QUT visit

Scholarships are for full-time study in Australia and are open to Australian and New Zealand citizens, or international students who are not currently receiving a scholarship.

How to apply

Submit your application to 

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-to-date CV
  • full academic transcripts
  • a summary (up to two pages) of your career outlining your experience in health services research, with a focus on health economics and/or statistics
  • details of three referees (email/address/contact number)

We encourage all interested students to contact us by 30 June 2022. The successful candidate will be expected to commence in early 2023.

Scholarship terms and conditions are subject to change.

More information

For further information, please email, or A/Professor Sanjeewa Kularatna, AusHSI, Centre for Healthcare Transformation, Faculty of Health, QUT.

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