Hearing their Voices: Advance Care Planning within Australian Indigenous Communities School of Public Health

Applications are invited for the following scholarship leading to the degree PhD in the School of Public Health.

The scholarship is supported by The University of Adelaide and the Northern Communities Health Foundation.

Field of Study: We are seeking an Indigenous PhD candidate to be involved in an investigation of policy and practice pertaining to the National Framework for Advance Care Directives (2011), particularly regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in South Australia. High levels of chronic disease combined with an ageing population create an urgent need to ensure the provision of culturally appropriate end-of-life care within these communities.

The project will utilise inclusive engagement processes to provide insights into participant values, preferences, and current practices with regard to advance care planning, identifying how policy-makers might engage appropriately with Indigenous communities for ACP specifically, and sensitive policy issues, more generally. Data will be collected through a series of community consultations, focus groups, and interviews, which will be recorded, transcribed, and thematically analysed.

This project is part of a larger study, funded by an NHMRC Partnership Grant (APP113340: Investigating the inclusion of vulnerable populations in Advance Care Planning: Developing complex and sensitive public policy) in partnership with

  • Aged and Community Services SA & NT Inc Alzheimer’s Australia SA
  • SA Health
  • Law Society of Australia
  • Modbury Hospital Foundation
  • Multicultural Communities Council of SA
  • Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Northern Health Network
  • Northern Communities Health Foundation
  • Palliative Care SA

The scholarship will be suitable for Indigenous students with an Honours degree or equivalent in the social sciences, public health, psychology, ethics, philosophy, or any other relevant disciple.

Eligibility: Applicants must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, and acceptable as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide. Stipend: The scholarship will be for 3 years (with a possible extension of 6 months) and has a stipend of at $42,682 per annum. It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.

Enquiries: Dr Jaklin Eliott
School of Public Health
Tel (08) 8313 3855

Applying: Application for Admission must be submitted using the Online Application Form.

Please email a summary of your application for admission to Jaklin Eliott with “Advance Care Planning within Australian Indigenous Communities Application for PhD Scholarship” in the subject heading.

You can request a copy of your application summary by emailing Scholarships with the subject heading 'Request for application summary'.