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PhD projects through the University of Melbourne

The Health Economics Unit and the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne is inviting applications for two PhD scholars to contribute to the development of the health economics discipline in the context of Indigenous Genomics. These projects will be led by Associate Professor Ilias Goranitis, in collaboration with Professor Alex Brown (Telethon Kids Institute and The Australian National University) and Australian Genomics.

1. Operationalising the Capability Approach for Measurement and Valuation of the Outcomes of Genomics for Indigenous Australians
– This project aims to develop a new multidimensional measure based on Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach to capture the outcomes of genomics valued by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
– For more information and to apply, visit:

2. The Cost-effectiveness of Genomics for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Indigenous Australians
– This project aims to provide health economic evidence to promote the use of genomic medicine for the prevention and management of diabetes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
– For more information and to apply, visit:

More details and instructions on how to apply can be found in the links above.


 Research Opportunities with ALIGN

The ALIGN network have a number of funded opportunities for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates to undertake studies.

These projects span the breadth of Indigenous genomics research, from biomedical science, public health and policy, data science and law and ethics. 

Projects include:

  • Primary Care and Genomics – ATSICCHO and genetic health services’ capacity building and service integration 
  • Developing culturally-appropriate genomics data systems for a new-era of Indigenous Genomics
  • Investigating the sex differences in Cardiovascular and Type-2 Diabetes disease risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Standardising technical standards and approaches to supporting data sharing in Indigenous genomics
  • Equity in Genomics – defining future genomics research and care to reduce health inequality
  • Functional genomics approach to investigate CVD variants of uncertain significance in Indigenous Australians
  • Indigenous Cultural Understandings of Kinship and Inheritance as a Basis for Communicating Genomics
  • Knowledge Tree: Unlocking the voice of Indigenous people and communities for equitable and precise health care

For more details of these projects, please download the ALIGN HDR Opportunities document– link will open in a new window.

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Honours Scholarship in Indigenous Genomics

The University of Sydney are offering a scholarship for honours level Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are interested in using genomics. The research focus is to help communities tackle a Type-2 Diabetes and related Cardiometabolic diseases. Click here for more information 

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