A PhD scholarship is available for a research program in eHealth implementation science under the supervision of Dr Lisa Mackenzie.

We are seeking expressions of interest from highly motivated and enthusiastic applicants interested in pursuing a PhD program in eHealth and behavioural science as part of a team of researchers from the University of Newcastle Health Behaviour Research Collaborative, the Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, and the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

The project would see the student undertake a program of work exploring the barriers and enablers to patient uptake and continued use of eHealth, focusing on behaviour change and/or self-management interventions in cancer care and/or other health contexts.

Quantitative and qualitative research components can be incorporated into this research program, and there is also the opportunity to contribute to the eHealth implementation science evidence-based practice by including an intervention component in this research program.

The specific focus of the project can be negotiated with the supervisors.

The Health Behaviour Research Collaborative has an excellent track record in working across a variety of health and aged care contexts.

There is some capacity for this project to draw on existing data to inform the development of eHealth implementation strategies.

The successful candidate will be expected to enrol full-time at the University of Newcastle and commence studies during 2017.

They will be supervised by Dr Lisa MackenzieLaureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher and other University of Newcastle academic or clinical staff, depending on the successful candidate’s background and experience.

They will be based at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, University of Newcastle.

Candidates are expected to complete their PhD thesis by publication, ensuring wider dissemination of research findings.

More information about thesis by publication can be found here.


  • Living allowance stipend at the Research Training Program (RTP) rate, paid fortnightly for an initial period of three years (a six month extension may be granted at the Dean of Graduate Studies’ discretion)
  • 2017 RTP rate $26,682 per annum (tax free), indexed in January each year
  • Relocation allowance of up to $1500
  • A full tuition fee scholarship (RTP Fee Offset)
  • Overseas student health cover (OSHC) for international students and their dependents


This scholarship is available to domestic and international candidates.

The successful applicant must:

  • Have a bachelor degree with first class Honours or equivalent.
  • Have a background in behavioural science, medicine, health behaviour, epidemiology, social science, public health, health economics, sociology, psychology, nursing or other allied health professions.
  • Have a basic understanding of analysing quantitative data.
  • Meet the University of Newcastle’s English Proficiency Policy

The University requires that full-time scholarship holders do not undertake paid employment of more than eight hours per week, Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Scholarship holders may undertake additional paid employment outside of these hours.

Annual Research Training Scheme (RTS) allocation In each ‘in-time’ year of candidature a research higher degree candidate is eligible to apply to their School/Faculty for reimbursement of costs associated with research activities including data collection, publication costs and conference attendance in accordance with the RTS allocation made available by the school in that year.

The successful applicant must commence their candidature by November 2017.