Pathways to Healthy Hearts After Cancer

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 PhD project will be part of the Pathways to Healthy Hearts After Cancer (Pathways) research program supported by a strategic grant from the National Heart Foundation of Australia. The Pathways project aims to improve cardiovascular health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer. 

Cancer patients have higher risk of heart disease than the general population due to the cardiotoxicity of many cancer treatments and the higher prevalence of risk factors common to both diseases. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) people are more likely to have and die from cancer and heart disease than non-Indigenous people. There is little data on the extent, impact and distribution of heart disease in Australians with cancer to guide the development of an optimal, cost-effective and equitable cardio-oncological model of care.

We will:

  1. Investigate the prevalence and impact (service use/cost and survival) of adverse cardiovascular events in Australians with cancer and quantify variations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and by cancer type, age, sex, remoteness, and area-level socioeconomic status.
  2. Explore patient and health professional experiences of cancer treatment decision-making in the context of cardiac risk.
  3. Develop and evaluate an online learning module for cardiologists, oncologists and haematologists to improve knowledge of Indigenous cancer patients’ experiences of cancer treatment and heart disease.
  4. Develop a collaborative priority-driven national cardio-oncology research agenda.

The Pathways project is a mixed-methods project that utilises a variety of different methods including data linkage, epidemiological analysis, surveys, and interviews/yarns. There will be scope for the student in conjunction with advisors to design and develop a project using a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods approach.

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 Gail Garvey

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

Latest commencement date

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