PhD Research Opportunity – Socioeconomic inequity in the supply and use of mental health services
Monash University
Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
18h ago
source : Uni Roles

Job no. : 610879

Location : Caulfield campus

Employment Type : Full-time

Duration : 3.5-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration : $39,000 pa (tax free stipend)

The Opportunity

The Centre for Health Economics at Monash University invites expressions of interest for a PhD scholarship covering all fees and a tax-free stipend (up to $39,000 per annum for outstanding students).

The PhD research opportunity will commence in February 2021 and is associated with an Australian Research Council (ARC) program of research that aims to describe and identify the socioeconomic inequities in the supply and use of mental health services in Australia.

Centre for Health Economics Monash University

The Centre for Health Economics is an internationally renowned institution that contributes to academic research and public policy in the economics of health and health care.

As a student in the centre you will be part of a team of academics and researchers at the cutting-edge of important international research, using the latest methods.

We offer excellent research facilities including a dedicated student study space, a behavioural laboratory, high quality computing facilities, and frequent seminars.

Monash is one of the top 100 universities in the world, ranked top in health economics in the Asia Pacific. The Business School contains both a leading Economics Department and a distinct Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics with an international reputation in theoretical and applied econometrics.

The Person

The project would suit someone with a strong research background in economics, econometrics, statistics or health economics, with an interest in applying these skills to the economics of mental health and mental health care utilisation.

Applicants must have an excellent academic track record with a first class honours degree or master’s degree (with research component) in a relevant quantitative field (economics, econometrics, statistics, psychology).

Only domestic applicants (Australian or New Zealand) will be considered, provided they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission, and demonstrate excellent research capacity.


The project will provide a greater understanding of the socioeconomic inequities in mental healthcare service provision and use.

A goal of the research project is to make an important contribution to the design of future mental health policies aimed at closing the socioeconomic gaps in mental illness, and advance the literature on the economics of mental health.

The research will involve the application of advanced econometric methods to large administrative datasets and longitudinal data.

The candidate will have the opportunity to work with Professor Anthony Harris, Professor Michael Shields, Professor David Johnston and Associate Professor Nicole Black.

As part of the PhD program, the candidate will undergo rigorous training in advanced health economics and related studies.

There are further opportunities for conference travel and the potential for a research visit to one of our international partner institutions.

Expression of interest

Interested domestic candidates should send an expression of interest to buseco-che.hdr.enquiries as early as possible (deadline is 28 September 2020).

In your expression of interest please include your CV (with details of two referees), a copy of your academic transcripts and a 1-2 page cover letter which outlines your research skills, experience and why this PhD opportunity interests you.

Those applicants who pass the expression of interest stage will be invited to submit a full scholarship application before the scholarship closing date.

Further enquiries

Further information on our PhD program can be found here .

If you have any questions about the research project please contact Professor Michael Shields, Michael.Shields .

If you have any questions about the PhD Program or the application process please contact buseco-che.hdr.enquiries .

EOI Deadline

Domestic Monday 28 September 2020, applications by 31 October 2020

Closing Dates

Monday 28 September 2020, 11 : 55pm AEST


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