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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the fastest growing neurological disorder in the world, with estimated prevalence having doubled to 10 million over the last 2 decades. In Australia, there is limited evidence regarding the epidemiology or health economic impacts of PD. For example, prevalence estimates vary between 70,000 and 250,000. In turn, it is challenging to estimate the true costs associated with PD in Australia. This PhD will generate evidence to address these gaps.
1. Conduct a systematic review of the prevalence of PD
2. Estimate the costs of PD to patients, government and the Australian society
3. Evaluate the quality of life health state utility values for PD
4. Develop a disease simulation model for PD

Study 1 will involve a systematic review of all published evidence of the prevalence of PD guided by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) statement. For studies 2 and 3, the candidate will recruit a national sample of people living with PD. Participants will be invited to complete an online survey on their health and quality of life, along with completing a cost diary. These data will be used to generate cost estimates and health state utility values for PD. The fourth study will involve development of a disease simulation model for PD. The results of studies 2 and 3, along with prevalence estimates identified in study 1, will be used to populate the model. This will involve microsimulation of PD cohorts to support evaluation of new interventions for PD.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus
This PhD scholarship is open to domestic applicants.

Selection Criteria
The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

A background in health economics is desirable.

Application process
Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
Contact A/Prof Barbara de Graaff to discuss your suitability and the project’s requirements; and in your application: Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
Apply prior to 1 June 2024.

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