Ph D Scholarship: Rehabilitation After Traumatic Injury

at Griffith University

About the Hopkins Centre

The time is right for the Hopkins Centre with the World Health Organisation demanding urgent action to lift rehabilitation services globally to not only improve patient's lives, but to save money. This international call to action is focused on scaling up rehabilitation to achieve value for money. Our governments are also focussed on scalability and efficiency prioritising the need for the quantification of ideas, access to linked and interdependent data and evidence to ensure robust decision are made. The National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland (NIISQ) and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are also key drivers of Hopkins strategic research agenda in Queensland. The Hopkins Centre is leading a number of substantive longitudinal studies that will help address long term and complex challenges posed by these substantive reforms.

The opportunity

The Hopkins Centre is seek applications for a PhD scholarship. The environment is a fundamental determinant of health impacting individual and community health and wellbeing outcomes, and proximate and individual level health determinants. It is expected that physical and social environments have considerable impact on the health and wellbeing, and rehabilitation outcomes of people with traumatic injury. While research is beginning to elucidate this complex relationship, considerable research gaps exist. In response, the Project will advance knowledge around the impact of the built, natural and social environments on the health and rehabilitation outcomes of people with traumatic injury. It is envisaged that the Project will employ a mixed-methods approach and include innovative methodologies and/or interventions to address topic(s) relevant to the rehabilitation of people with traumatic injury. Some potential topics include: the impact of rural and urban communities on rehabilitation and recovery, the impact of exposure and engagement with natural and/or simulated green and blue space on the psycho-emotional health outcomes of people post traumatic injury, individual perceptions of their community environment, or end-user perspectives of health care environments. The Project is expected to advance our understanding of the perspectives that people with traumatic injury have around their environment, how the environment can promote favourable rehabilitation and recovery outcomes, and identify community and health service amendments that can improve rehabilitation and recovery outcomes.

About you

This scholarship will suit individuals with an interest in the topic area and individuals with strong academic qualifications in: health sciences; social science; health services research, health policy. The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of the strength of academic performance and compatibility of research expertise and proposed topic with the topic area.

  • This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program
  • New candidates may apply

About the scholarship

The scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of three years full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information. A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

What we offer

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 2% worldwide and spans across five campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we've worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our HDR candidates and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply.

Further information

For project related enquiries please contact: Professor Heidi Zeeman Email: For administration enquiries please contact: Griffith Graduate Research School Phone: (07) 3735 3817 Email:

How to submit an expression of interest (EOI)

Please do not select the "APPLY" button. All applications must be submitted as set out below: Interested applicants should submit and expression of interest (EOI) to Professor Heidi Zeeman containing:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
  • A brief CV
  • Research proposal
  • Two references

If your expression of interest is successful, you will be invited to submit a full application. Closing date: EOIs should be submitted by 11.59pm (AEST) on 30 March 2019.

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