PhD Scholarship - Youth Self Harm & Suicide (ED)

Centre for Youth Mental Health PhD scholarship in using Emergency Department Monitoring Data to Prevent Youth Self-Harm and Suicide

Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

This PhD project is supported by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the Future Global Generations Fund and the William Buckland Foundation. This collaboration brings together key researchers in the area of youth mental health, and youth self-harm and suicide prevention specifically, to generate new knowledge that leads to improved health outcomes in youth mental health.

The PhD student will be enrolled with the Centre for Youth Mental Health, under the supervision of Associate Professor Jo Robinson and Dr. Katrina Witt within the suicide prevention research unit at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic student with a strong interest in youth self-harm and suicide prevention, and who has the following background and experience:

  • Completed tertiary studies that are at least equivalent to a 4-year honours degree at an Australian university with a minimum result of first class honours in the field of psychology, or related discipline;
  • Completed tertiary studies (or a demonstrated equivalency) in epidemiology, biostatistics, or a related discipline;
  • Experience in conducing epidemiological analyses using large population datasets;
  • Strong statistical skills using a computerised statistical analysis package, preferably Stata or R;
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

In addition, the following background and skills are strongly desirable:

  • Desire to publish work in academic journals and/or present at scientific conferences;
  • Some experience in text mining and/or machine learning.

It is also 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:


The base stipend will be equivalent to APA rate, which is currently AUD$ 30,600 per annum (2019 rate, indexed annually) tax-free for three years (with the possibility to extend for further six months), subject to satisfactory progress.


Eligible candidates are selected on the basis of academic merit, strength of supporting documentation and the terms of the scholarship. Interviews will take place with a selection of applicants for final selection.


For more information about the position you can contact Dr Katrina Witt, via: (03) 9966 9319 or email

To apply, please send an electronic copy of 1) your Curriculum Vitae listing any degrees, awards, prior publications, and work experience, 2) a transcript of your grades, 3) a letter explaining your interest in the position and 4) a sample of your written work (academic writing) to with the subject: Application for PhD Opportunity.

Applications close: 3rd November 2019

Potential applicants assessed as eligible after stage 1 will be informed and are required to submit their scholarship and UoM Graduate Research candidature applications by December 2019.


  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by December 2019.
  • The successful applicant will be invited to submit an online University of Melbourne application form.
  • Applicants should note that the offer of a PhD place must be accepted by March 2020 on a full-time basis.

More Information

Katrina Witt

(03) 9966 9319