Young Carers

Research Opportunity
PhD students
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Department
Centre for Health Equity
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Research Fellow Tania King tking@unimelb.edu.au 0410 162 460

Summary It is estimated that 9% of young Australians aged 15-24 years are providing informal, unpaid care to a family member or friend with a disability, a physical or mental illness, a substance dependency, or who is aged. The delivery of this resource by young carers is an important social, welfare, and policy issue

Project Details

It is estimated that 9% of young Australians aged 15-24 years are providing informal, unpaid care to a family member or friend with a disability, a physical or mental illness, a substance dependency, or who is aged. The delivery of this resource by young carers is an important social, welfare, and policy issue because such care arrangements are likely to have significant effects on the educational, occupational, economic, social and health outcomes of those young people providing it.

This project aims to identify the causal pathways that contribute to poorer life outcomes among young carers. It will inform the implementation of programs and policies to support young carers, and in doing so, will reduce disparities and improve the economic, social, health and educational outcomes of this vulnerable group.

We are seeking a PhD student to join this research project. The project will be supervised by Dr Tania King, Disability and Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

This PhD project will form part of a larger program of research focused on young carers that is being conducted at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. The PhD project will focus on the use of large publicly available datasets (which may include spatial data) to examine the determinants of becoming a young carer, the trajectories of young carers, and effect of different policy interventions on young carers outcomes.

The project would suit someone with a quantitative background, with skills in the use of linked data. Understanding and knowledge of spatial analysis is not essential, but could be advantageous to the project.

Funding

This PhD scholarship is funded by the Melbourne Disability Institute at the University of Melbourne. The scholarship will be equivalent to RTP $31,200 per annum for full time students (2020 pro-rata rate), and is available for 3.5 years.  There is some flexibility regarding the PhD commencement, but it should commence before December 2020.
In addition to the stipend, the Institute provides:

  • Additional funding of $2,000 per annum for research support
  • Support and mentoring from a wide range of leading researchers
  • Collaboration opportunities for future research projects
  • Training opportunities, access to a range of seminars, workshops and other events
  • Opportunity to be involved with knowledge translation and education activities
  • Networking opportunities with national and international researchers and visiting fellows.

Young Carers - scholarship information (DOCX 365.1 KB)



Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care, Data science, health metrics and disease modeling



Research Opportunities

PhD students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department

Centre for Health Equity

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Disability and Health Unit


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