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Job no: 0045819
Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville

PhD Scholarship Opportunity

Measuring developmental outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

The Indigenous Epidemiology and Health Unit, in the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics is looking for a talented student to undertake a PhD focusing on the design, validation and evaluation of a psychometric measure to evaluate developmental outcomes in Australian Aboriginal children.

The Centre has one scholarship for an appropriately qualified student to commence research in 2018 in this exciting area.

The PhD opportunity is part of a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Northern Territory (NT) Department of Education, NT Department of Health and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation (Congress) to design and lead research that makes a significant difference to Aboriginal children and families and ultimately leads to improved early childhood development outcomes. The PhD research will include cultural adaptation of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire Inventory for use in Australian Aboriginal communities.

This study will require close collaboration with Aboriginal leaders, early childhood education specialists, child health practitioners, linguists and cultural experts in both urban and remote settings. Once developed, the study will then evaluate the adapted Inventory to confirm instrument content and face validity, concurrent validity and feasibility. Further research questions would be tailored with the candidate to suit the candidate and research team’s areas of interest. The PhD research will involve adopting a mixed methods approach and will require field trips to remote Aboriginal communities across Australia for data collection. The project will suit candidates with undergraduate degrees in psychology or early childhood education or candidates with health/biomedical background and with solid experience in early childhood.

You should have successfully obtained an Honours or Masters Degree (or equivalence) and you will need to be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident. Applicants are required to meet the University of Melbourne’s requirements for a Research Higher Degree candidature . Please refer to:


The Centre is offering one scholarship for a student to undertake research on this early childhood development instrument development and evaluation. You will receive an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship which provides a fortnightly stipend. Further details on the stipend and scholarship terms can be found here:

Close date: 2 Sept 2018 (extended from 2 Aug 2018)

Please do not apply via the 'Apply Now' button below. Please complete the expression of interest form (below) and send a completed copy, along with your CV, academic transcript and academic references as a single pdf document to Dr Anita D’Aprano

For further enquiries please contact Dr D’Aprano on the above email or Joanna Dobson on +61 3 8344 9907

Download File PhD Indigenous ECD_Expression of Interest.pdf


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