School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Potential Research Student Projects

PhD Opportunities at the SPHCM

Using linked health data to evaluate and inform immunisation policy and practice

Expressions of interest (EOI)

Vaccination has significantly reduced the burden of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). However, preventable infections continue to occur, with Aboriginal children suffering disproportionately. Researchers at UNSW SPHCM have linked the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) to perinatal and disease history records for 1.95 million children (98,000 Aboriginal children) in Western Australia and New South Wales. This unique and detailed linked data provides the best available data to evaluate Australia’s immunisation program and better understand the causes of the residual burden of VPDs. There are opportunities for PhD students with strong biostatistical skills and an interest in infectious disease epidemiology to undertake applied or methodological research using these linked datasets. Please contact Dr Heather Gidding


Applying mathematical models to estimate the impact and cost-effectiveness of vaccination programs

Expressions of interest (EOI)

We are seeking expressions of interest to undertake a PhD in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. The proposed PhD would apply mathematical models to predict the impact and cost-effectiveness of vaccination programs before they are implemented. These estimates are becoming a vital part of decision making process for many governments when considering the funding of a new vaccine.

The PhD candidate will have opportunities to work with leading experts at UNSW and internationally, and to submit a number of peer-reviewed publications during their candidature. The infectious disease group at the school are a multidisciplinary research team that includes mathematicians, health economists, epidemiologists, clinicians and policy experts. They have research collaborations with key international institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Potential candidates should be highly quantitative and have a first class Honours degree, or Master’s degree with a high distinction average. A range of quantitative backgrounds are potentially suitable such as mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, engineering, etc.  Those meeting the initial criteria should email A/Prof Anthony Newall with a CV and academic transcripts. The supervisors will support the selected prospective candidate to apply for a competitive PhD scholarship via UNSW.