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The Health Economics Unit and the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne invites applications for a PhD scholar to contribute to the development of the health economics and outcomes research in the context of Indigenous Genomics.  In collaboration with Professor Alex Brown (Telethon Kids Institute and The Australian National University) and Australian Genomics, we aim to develop a measure based on Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach to capture the outcomes of genomics that are valued by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Capability Approach has offered a new health economics framework to capture the effects of health technologies and services, including the development of ICECAP-A, ICECAP-O and OxCAP-MH measures.

The PhD research project will involve mixed methods to develop and validate the new measure that will incorporate both strengths and complexities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ values and measures of success with respect to their expectations for genetic and genomic health and research.The successful PhD scholar will have a unique opportunity to undertake impactful and novel research on the health economics of genomics and support our health economics capacity-building efforts in this high priority area of research.

The project is led by A/Prof Ilias Goranitis (Health Economics Unit, University of Melbourne) and Prof Alex Brown, and the project team is comprised of leading experts in both health economics and Indigenous Genomics.

For the successful applicant, a stipend of $37,000 will be provided in the first year, with the expectation that the candidate would seek to hold a university scholarship for the remaining of the PhD.

Scholarship applicants must be eligible for acceptance by the University of Melbourne into a PhD programme, and be residents or citizens of Australia.The PhD eligibility process must have commenced at the time of submitting the scholarship application. The scholarship will be offered to the successful applicant, conditional upon acceptance into the PhD programme at the University of Melbourne in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Applicants must have an Honours 1, or have completed a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline with a GPA of 80% or above in Health Economics, Economics or Health-related disciplines.

How to apply: Applications will be considered upon the provision of the following information:

·         Your CV (2 pages maximum);

·         Certified copies of your academic transcripts;

·         A cover letter outlining your relevant qualifications and experience along with a summary of your motivations for and goals in undertaking a PhD,

Applications should be forwarded via email to A/Prof Ilias Goranitis:

If you are not a current student at the University of Melbourne and would like information about how to apply to become a PhD candidate at the University, please visit the Future Students website.

Further enquiries: If you have any questions about the PhD program or the application process please email Ilias Goranitis:


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