Improving the psychosocial and emotional well-being of adults with hearing loss and their significant others

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.

The proposed PhD project will complement and build on an NHMRC Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Hearing Health study being conducted in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. This mixed-methods, transdisciplinary study will co-design and implement the next generation of the Active Communication Education (ACE2.0) group program to address the psychosocial and emotional needs of adults with hearing loss. This research will ultimately inform the nature and delivery of hearing health services, by establishing an evidence base for the development of future hearing policies, service delivery models, and supports.

The proposed PhD project will further examine the psychosocial and emotional well-being of significant others of adults with hearing loss or co-design alternative models of hearing healthcare beyond group interventions. The PhD student will liaise with the project team to develop their own aims and project plan for a sub-project using one of the data corpora from the broader study.

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)


Associate Professor Nerina Scarinci

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 co-design methodologies or implementation science would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of health or social sciences and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of hearing healthcare is highly desirable.

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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