Development and evaluation of a consumer driven education toolkit for polygenic risk scores

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.

Personalised disease risk prediction models that combine the effects of genetic (e.g. polygenic risk scores (PRS)) with non-genetic risk factors are now becoming increasing available through research studies and commercial genetic testing companies. These models aim to identify individuals at higher disease risk who may benefit from preventative health interventions. However, despite commercial availability, there is little implementation research and there are no guidelines on how to provide this test in clinical practice. This project aims to develop a toolkit to support the implementation of personalised disease risk prediction, that includes training for healthcare providers and patient resources. Findings from the study will provide guidance regarding optimal risk communication and a pathway for the successful implementation of personalised risk information.

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)


Dr Tatiane Yanes

Faculty of Medicine


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 genetic counselling, polygenic risk sores and health education would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of genetic counselling, psychology or health education and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of polygenic risk scores is highly desirable.

This project would ideally be suited to a genetic counsellor with working knowledge of polygenic risk scores. Alternatively, someone with experience in psychology, implementation science or health education.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2024. 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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