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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Resouces

PhD Scholarship to reduce inequality in heart disease

12 November 2013

Call for Expressions of Interest

Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute is an independent, internationally renowned medical research facility that has facilities located in Melbourne, Adelaide, Singapore and Central Australia. Baker IDI's Central Australia research facility ( was established in Alice Springs, Northern Territory in 2007 to support research, training and health service delivery aimed at improving the health of Indigenous Australians.

Current or prospective PhD students are invited to submit an expression of interest (EOI) for a scholarship to conduct full time research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Applicants should be currently enrolled in a PhD program at any Australian or New Zealand university or should intend to enrol in Semester 2 2013 or Semester 1 2014.
The successful applicant will join senior researchers at Baker IDI in carrying out the research agenda of the Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease (the CRE), funded by the NHMRC and Bellberry Limited. The scholarship will engage the PhD student in supporting the CRE's mission to understand and address inequalities in the burden of heart disease in populations vulnerable to a range of factors that lead to poorer health outcomes.

The PhD project may include clinical and population health studies and trials relating to the prevention, diagnosis or management of heart disease (heart failure, coronary artery disease, rheumatic heart disease) and other related conditions affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Suitable candidates will work with co-supervisors at Baker IDI and their university to refine the PhD project.

Whilst the position will be based at Baker IDI Central Australia in Alice Springs there will be opportunities for working across Baker IDI sites including collaboration with Baker IDI Melbourne and national and international partners.

Work duties will be contingent on the agreed project but are likely to require travel to Central Australian remote communities as well as interstate. For health care providers, where possible Baker IDI will facilitate opportunities to continue limited clinical work.

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