Ph D Scholarship Researching Mental Illness

at Griffith University

About Griffith University

At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable. We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide and we're proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

About the Menzies Health Institue Queensland (MHIQ)

The Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ) undertakes research across the lifecycle to identify key factors that influence health. From this we develop and test strategies to improve health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities. With a key focus on innovation, data science, research translation and meaningful clinical and community partnerships, Griffith MHIQ researchers have achieved remarkable outcomes.

The opportunity

PhD Scholarship related to the project: Improving the health and wellbeing of consumers with severe and persistent mental illness There are an estimated 9,000 premature deaths annually among consumers living with a severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) in Australia. There is an urgent need to improve the health care outcomes for this vulnerable population, including medication-related and physical health care needs. We have one PhD scholarship available, commencing in 2019, as part of a new Australian Government funded randomised controlled trial to improve the health and wellbeing of consumers with severe and persistent mental illness. With this PhD scholarship, your study will focus on the consumer journey and explore the impact of an individualised medication support service on participants mental health and overall wellbeing. You will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers at both Griffith University and The University of Sydney and collaborate with key stakeholders within the areas of mental health and the health professions.

About you

This scholarship will suit candidates with a strong interest in advancing knowledge and practice in mental health and person-centred care. The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of their strength of academic performance and compatibility of research expertise, with a specific focus on qualitative research skills. Applicants must have completed a Bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours within pharmacy or a health-related discipline, or a Masters degree in a related field with a substantial research component in pharmacy or a health-related discipline with a GPA equivalent to first class honours, and intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program.

About the scholarship

The 2019 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of 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. The scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research without prior approval. The successful applicant must be supervised by Professor Amanda Wheeler.

What we offer

Working for one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, you will join a University that spans six campuses in South East Queensland and all disciplines, while our network of more than 200,000 graduates extends around the world. At Griffith, 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 employees 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. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information

Project related enquiries: Professor Amanda Wheeler ( Administration enquiries: Griffith Graduate Research Schoo l ( Phone: (07) 3735 3817 How to submit an expression of interest (EOI) Interested applicants should submit and expression of interest (EOI) to Professor Amanda Wheeler ( containing:

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

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. The preferred applicant will be invited to submit a full application on-line.

Closing date: EOIs should be submitted to Professor Amanda Wheeler by 5:00pm on Friday, 31 May 2019.

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