The public health impacts of substance use and mental health

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.

Substance use and mental health are both major public health issues that commonly occur together. The relationship between them is not well understood. This work will use advanced statistical models to quantify the relationship, predict how much harm substance use is causing to mental health, and identify how much harm could be prevented by better policy. The knowledge gained will inform policies on how to reduce disease burden caused by substance use on mental health in Australia and overseas.

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 Janni Leung

School of Psychology


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 psychology and advanced data analysis techniques would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of public health, health psychology, and statistical analysis and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of substance use and mental health issues across populations is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2025. 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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