Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Professor Nicole Pratt

Main Campus
City East

Applications Close
26 Feb 2023

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
$29,863 p.a. available to domestic applicants only

About this project

Harness social media to improve quality use of medicines

If you are seeking to advance your career in pharmacoepidemiology and interested in tackling modern challenges with social media, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a contemporary project-based PhD in our Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre (QUMPRC).

Social media’s increasing influence on prescription medicine use, particularly because of viral trends, is not well understood. Research suggests that some patients use social media for social support which can lead to patient empowerment. However, dis/misinformation and false medical advice on platforms like TikTok can lead to harm and have unintended impacts, such as off-label use in untested populations and consequential medicine shortages. 

This project will explore how social media influences medicine use and whether it is possible to harness this platform to enhance patients’ knowledge of their medicines. The results of this research will have important implications for healthcare providers and policymakers both nationally and internationally.

You will be based in the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre (QUMPRC) which is a fully equipped, flexible working space that supports and encourages collaboration and peer networking.  

What you’ll do

In this project-based research degree, you will undertake both qualitative and quantitative research (biostatistics, epidemiology and thematic analysis), and organise and manage the project to completion. To disseminate progress and findings you will produce academic publications/presentations, external reports, consumer-focused publications/presentations and social-media posts. 

This project will provide you with access to national and international leaders in pharmacoepidemiology. Through participating in QUMPRC meetings and symposiums, participating in CRE meetings and symposiums, and attending local, national and international conferences, you should develop and maintain strong national and international collaborative networks. 

Exposure to a broad range of health research projects and meetings with key health regulatory and funding bodies will provide you with valuable industry experience that will put you in high demand upon graduation.

Where you’ll be based

You will be based within the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre which specialises in improving use of medicines. Research within the Centre ranges from large-scale data analysis to the translation of evidence into policy and practice.

We work with consumers, health professionals and organisations, ensuring the advanced technologies and methods developed within the centre, find their way into policy and practice to improve patient lives.

Our research focuses on 6 key areas: medicines safety, optimising medicine use, digital health, pharmacy practice, Aboriginal traditional medicines, and evidence translation and policy.

Supervisory Team

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $29,863 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be eligible to receive an increased stipend rate of $46,653 per annum (2023 rates). A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

Eligibility and Selection

This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate. The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

Essential Dates

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close Sunday 26 February 2023.

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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