Flinders University :Economics of sleep health within primary care - PHD Studentship

Opening Date: 20-04-2018   Closing Date: 01-06-2018  


Background:  Clinical sleep disorders and socially-driven sleep restriction have a major impact on health, healthcare costs, quality of life, productivity and safety in Australia and internationally. A conservative estimate of the direct and indirect economic cost to Australia of the two most common sleep disorders, Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and insomnia, alone is over $30 billion per annum. Sleep disorders also negatively impact quality of life and are linked with a number of other adverse physical and mental health outcomes. In primary care, general practitioners are at the front line of health service delivery and are ideally placed to treat common clinical sleep problems in the community. However, robust economic evaluation data on the short and long-term cost-effectiveness of sleep health interventions within primary care is lacking internationally.

The aim of this studentship is to apply cutting age within-trial and model-based economic evaluation techniques to assess the cost-effectiveness of sleep health interventions in primary care. A secondary aim will be to examine how barriers and enablers to sleep disorder management affect costs, patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness.

Methods: This dissertation will primarily use data from the newly funded “National Centre for Sleep Health Services Research Centre of Research Excellence (CRE)” that aims to position primary care at the centre of sleep health. More details on this CRE are available at: http://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2017/10/20/quest-ease-sleep-disorders-sights/   

Anticipated outputs: PhD Thesis, journal articles and conference presentations


Value and tenure of the scholarship: The full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually). The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend


The award will only be available to those who:

  • Are Australian citizens; or New Zealand citizens; or have been granted permanent resident status;
  • Have completed at least four years of tertiary education studies at a high level of achievement and have an appropriate Honours 1 or high 2A (or equivalent) undergraduate degree;
  • Are enrolling as full-time students;
  • Will commence Doctorate by research; 
  • Have had their candidature accepted in the area in which they propose to undertake their studies

We are seeking a bright and enthusiastic candidate to join the Health Economics Unit and the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health at Flinders University to undertake PhD research under the supervision of Associate Professor Billingsley Kaambwa. The scholarship would suit an applicant with training in Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Psychology, Data Science, or a Health-related field.  It would also suit applicants who enjoy working with innovative technologies, and a desire to work with economic models.


Associate Professor Billingsley Kaambwa

Contact email (phone): billingsley.kaambwa@flinders.edu.au (+61 8 8201 5377)

After discussing the project, if you are invited to apply, you will need to complete an application form for the scholarship which will be sent to you by email and you will need to apply for admission to the degree of PhD via the Flinders online portal

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Scholarship Type: research,