Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women and their right to access health services without discrimination

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

This work proposes to investigate intersectional gender related enablers, barriers and challenges – at both the individual and systemic level – experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in accessing timely, quality and culturally appropriate public health and hospital services in Queensland. The PhD research will produce a significant advance in grounding burgeoning right to health scholarship (see section 37 Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld)) in both the empirical science and lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from across the life course, as well as support evidence-based policymaking for broader health and gender equity.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $28,854 per annum tax free (2022 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Associate Professor Maree ToombsDr Claire Brolan, Dr Caitlin Curtis

School of Public Health

Email: c.brolan@uq.edu.au

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of gender, health and human rights and experience in social sciences research would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of public health and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and/or gender studies and/or human rights and/or social science methodologies and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of working with Indigenous Australians is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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