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Social practices of oral health in Australian preschool children

Opportunity for innovative qualitative research PhD

We are delighted to be seeking a PhD student to work as an important part of our international team on our ARC funded research project Social practices of oral health in Australian preschool children. It would be of interest to students keen to develop qualitative skills and thinking in child health, oral health and/or public health/prevention. This is an important opportunity to explore new thinking about prevention, particularly for wicked problems. It builds on our award winning previous work in this area. The intention with this particular project is to develop relationships with family members for in-depth interviews and observations to understand eating and other practices related to oral health. If this is of interest please contact us for a chat.

The knowledge to be gained from such an innovative approach will be very useful, not only in oral health but in health promotion and public health more generally.(reviewer feedback)

We are seeking a suitable full time PhD candidate (note part time positions possible but would not normally be eligible for scholarship)  to undertake specific research as part of this research program, working within our team. Applications are strongly encouraged from candidates with a background in a field suitable for a qualitative research (such as psychology, sociology, social work, health sciences or health promotion) or health related field (e.g. public health).
Payment type
Fortnightly Stipend
Value unit
Per annum
Basis of award
Academic Achievement
The scholarship requires adequate progress on PhD

Applicants must be an Australian Permanent Resident Status and not be under bond to any foreign government.

Applicants are to provid evidence of citizenship or residential status.

Applicants must be supervised and funded at primarily through School of Population and Global Health working on this ARC project, University of Western Australia.

Successful candidature year required for progression

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 restrictions and border closures, preference will be given to domestic and international students who are based in Perth and ready to enrol by July 2021. Domestic and international students currently in other states in Australia will also be given preference above those located off-shore

Deadline is the 20th of June, however we will be continuously evaluating applicants and reserve the right to appoint an appropriate candidate prior to the stated application deadline. We encourage you to contact us early and discuss your interest. There will be further opportunities for competitive grants and part-time applicants may be considered while ineligible for this scholarship.

Please contact Professor Linda Slack-Smith[email protected] 64884505/0419907868
Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, International
Study area
Population Health, Dentistry
Commencement date
Applications open
Applications close
Tenable At
UWA Only
Currently available
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