Culturally and linguistically diverse communities and hearing health inequality in Australia

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.

People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds are both more likely to experience hearing loss and less likely to access hearing services. Because Australia is a culturally diverse country with 30% of the population being born overseas, this inequality in hearing health is a serious challenge. Untreated hearing loss impacts communication, negatively impacting quality of life, productivity, social engagement, physical and mental well-being. We want people of all ages and abilities to have sufficient usable hearing for that not to be a barrier to achieving their goals in life. 

The research will involve detailed examination of existing ethnic, geographical, socioeconomic, hearing and lifestyle data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, a large population-based data set. This examination will identify social determinants of hearing loss in CALD communities and identify geographic areas where hearing health inequality is particularly problematic.

Hearing health inequality among CALD communities in Australia is a major public health problem which has received little or no research attention. In the proposed project, we will describe and explain the higher levels of hearing loss and lower use of audiology services by CALD communities. This information is crucial in order to redress hearing health inequality by improving access to audiology services and informing public health strategies to reduce levels of hearing loss and the impact of hearing loss in CALD communities.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Professor Piers Dawes

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


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 public health and statistical methods working with population data sets would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of CALD research and health inequalities research and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of Australian hearing health care is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 4, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

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

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