Economics and Health System Planning

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 scholarship provides the opportunity to undertake a PhD in health economics, with a focus on using economic approaches to improve health system planning. The scholarship is connected to a successful ARC Grant Application entitled "Incorporating the Gains from Healthy Ageing in Health System Planning" and it is anticipated that the successful applicant will undertake a doctoral research program that is complementary to the work being undertaken under that grant. Examples of the topics that could be undertaken under this scholarship include:

  • The effects of healthy ageing on future health sector requirements (including health care and dimensions of it, e.g. the composition of the health workforce);
  • The effects of technological change or new therapies (e.g., personalised medicines, including genomics) on health expenditures and health outcomes;
  • The relative contributions of an ageing population, novel medical technologies, income growth, and expansions in health care insurance to health expenditures in Australia and their likely prospective roles;
  • Any other topic in health economics that is relevant to the future resource requirements required to provide for Australians' future health and health care needs.

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)


Professor Stephen Birch

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


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 health economics would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of applied microeconomics (any field) or microeconometrics and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of health economics or econometrics is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 2, 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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