Maintain your Brain PhD Scholarships : Expression of Interest

The Departments of Psychiatry and General Practice, within the Melbourne Medical School, are both participating sites in a 5 year duration NH&MRC Dementia Research Team grant led by the University of New South Wales called “Maintain your Brain (MYB)”. 

As part of this collaboration both Departments offer one PhD Scholarship each to commence in 2017. It is expected that both successful applicants would for some components of their PhD projects collaborate with each other.

We are looking for two talented students to undertake a PhD each connected to the MYB study.

Project 1Exploring the needs, attitudes, knowledge, barriers and enablers in the
general population, in people at increased risk of dementia and in health
care professionals (other than General Practitioners) to take up, adhere and
promote dementia risk reduction behaviour (Psychiatry).
Project 2Exploring the needs, attitudes, knowledge, barriers and enablers of General
Practitioners to most effectively promote dementia risk reduction behaviour
in their patients with an emphasis on digital health interventions (General
Practice).
Scholarship$26,916 p.a. to support a PhD position.

Opportunity to apply for funds to support conference‐related travel.
Lead SupervisorProf Nicola Lautenschlager (Psychiatry)
Prof Jane Gunn (General Practice)
Project Duration3 years full‐time commencing by May 2017
EnquiriesMaria Potiriadis
Mental Health Research Program Coordinator
Department of General Practice | Melbourne Medical School
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
Closing DateExpressions of Interest close 5.00pm Wednesday 15th March 2017.

Who can apply

Project 1

  • The position will suit an excellent student with a background in psychology, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, biomedicine or other health related disciplines. The student will be supported by an experienced multidisciplinary panel of supervisors and will become part of the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age (AUPOA) research team in the Department of Psychiatry.
  • Applicants need to be Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents.
  • Our preference is for a full‐time student.
  • It is essential that applicants meet the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine,Dentistry and Health Science’s requirements for Graduate Research candidature.


Project 2

  • The position will suit an excellent student with a background in nursing, medicine,implementation science, psychology, biomedicine or other health related disciplines. The student will be supported by experienced multidisciplinary supervisors and will become part of the Maintain your Brain (MYB) research team in the Department of General Practice.
  • Applicants need to be Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents.
  • Our preference is for a full‐time student.
  • It is essential that applicants meet the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine,Dentistry and Health Science’s requirements for Graduate Research candidature.

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences PhD course information: http://mdhs-study.unimelb.edu.au/degrees

Project Details

The Maintain your Brain (MYB) study is a large NHMRC funded Dementia Research Team Grant which (2016‐2020) led by Professor Henry Brodaty at the University of New South Wales. Professors Jane Gunn and Nicola Lautenschlager are members of the multi‐institutional investigator team. MYB is a large internet‐based multi‐domain intervention study with dementia‐free participants living in NSW scheduled to commence May 2017. The intervention lasts for 4 years and the aim is dementia risk reduction.

The two PhD fellowships are part of a Knowledge Transfer Hub (KTH) attached to MYB and based at the University of Melbourne. Other collaborating sites for the KTH are the Australian National University and the University of Western Australia. The aim of the KTH is to develop evidence on how current knowledge about dementia risk reduction strategies is best communicated to general practitioners, other health care providers, the general public and people at increased risk of developing cognitive decline and dementia. The focus for this aim is on Australia, but international evidence and knowledge transfer activities will be investigated. The results of the two PhD fellowships will be of crucial importance to MYB as the will provide the foundation on how to best disseminate the results from MYB once the trial is completed.

These two PhD fellowships offer a unique opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary environment as part of a large multi‐institutional study and to contribute crucial new knowledge how to best transfer knowledge on dementia risk reduction strategies from research environments into the Australian community.

How to Apply

Please submit the expression of interest form by 5:00pm Wednesday 15th March 2017. Send a completed copy, along with your supporting documents as a single PDF document to Maria Potiriadis, m.potiriadis@unimelb.edu.au.

Outcomes

  • Applicants will be advised of the eligibility check outcome by Friday 24th March 2017.
  • The successful applicant will be invited to submit an online University of Melbourne Graduate Research Degree and Scholarship application form by Friday 7th April 2017. http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/applications/research
  • Applicants should note that the offer of a PhD place must be taken up by Monday 1st May 2017 on a full‐time basis.