MonashWe are seeking talented health sciences, epidemiological, allied health or medical candidates who wish to apply for a full-time scholarship to pursue a PhD at the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Institute, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. You should ideally have a background in epidemiology, public health, health sciences and an interest in reducing over-diagnosis and over-treatment in musculoskeletal conditions.

About the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Cabrini Institute

The Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology is located at Cabrini Institute. The department performs high quality clinical research to answer clinically important questions and to promote the translation of clinical evidence into practice and policy change. Our current program of work concerns identifying and reducing low-value health care that arises from over-diagnosis and over-treatment (NHMRC-funded Program Grant ‘Wiser Healthcare’), and identifying ways to improve the sustainability of health care systems (NHMRC-funded Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability). In 2017 we also launched the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for the Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network. We continue to manage the Australian Rheumatology Association Database and are an editorial base for Cochrane Musculoskeletal and Australasian Satellite of Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC). All students in the department are supervised by senior, experienced researchers supported in a collegial environment. We anticipate that all students will successfully complete studies within three contact years. All students complete PhD studies by publication so they have a track record when they finish their research. Importantly, we guarantee timely access to supervisors and rapid responses in return of submitted manuscripts.

About Wiser Healthcare

Wiser Healthcare is a research collaboration involving Monash University, The University of Sydney, Bond University and international colleagues. It is funded by NHMRC Program Grant and Centres of Research Excellence schemes. It aims to conduct research that will reduce over-diagnosis and over-treatment in Australia and around the world. Over-diagnosis and over-treatment occur when patients receive diagnoses and treatment that are unnecessary and do more harm than good. While over-diagnosis is difficult to quantify, it is now acknowledged in many areas of medicine, such as in early detection and screening for some cancers and heart conditions. However many diagnoses and treatment practices are hard to change. Our research will help to better understand reasons for and ways to reduce over-diagnosis and over-treatment, particularly in musculoskeletal conditions, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

About the PhD supervisor

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder

Dr Denise O’Connor

Qualifications and financial Support

Candidate Requirements

  • A first class or 2A honours degree, MD, MBBS or equivalent;
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency;
  • A candidate whose first language is not English should have a minimum IELTS score of 7, with no band below 6.5

Students with H1 equivalent are encouraged to apply for scholarship. An initial, one year scholarship (equivalent to the Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship) for 2019 will be provided to successful applicants. Students will be supported to apply for scholarships and additional local top-up funds to support years 2 and 3 of candidature.


Commensurate with the Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship (tax exempt), plus support for attendance at approved courses.

How to apply

Email your CV, a cover letter with a statement of intent and how this PhD scholarship would enhance your professional career, and a copy of your academic transcript to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date: 5.00pm, 30th November 2018.