Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Professor Marion Eckert

Main Campus
City East

Applications Close
14 Jul 2022

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:
$28,854 p.a. available to domestic applicants only

About this Project

Improve the lives of those with Parkinson’s disease

If you are seeking to advance your career in clinical practice and interested in improving the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a project-based research degree in partnership with The Hospital Research Foundation – Fight Parkinson’s Group.

This research project will investigate the issues around and perceptions of pain in people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Amongst this group, pain is poorly understood and managed within healthcare settings, reducing quality of life for sufferers and their carers.

The project will investigate the barriers associated with the use of evidence-based pain assessment tools.  Once these are established, our research will aim to ensure that the findings are translated into clinical practice, ultimately improving outcomes and quality of life in people living with PD and their carers.

You will be immersed in a research-rich environment with regular training, supervision, support and feedback. You will be able to interact with other interdisciplinary health professionals, as well as industry via The Hospital Research Foundation – Fight Parkinson’s. The opportunity to undertake an industry placement with this Foundation will provide you with a valuable career launchpad. 

What you’ll do

In this project-based research degree, you will develop skills in qualitative and quantitative research through undertaking a literature review, extracting data from included studies, evaluating risk of bias of included studies, assessing the quality of evidence, reporting results and developing manuscripts for publication. You will also conduct focus group studies and individual interviews, and distribute and manage a survey.

Opportunities may also arise for conference travel and presentations, and you will also be trained in writing grant applications.

The enhanced clinical expertise related to the management of Parkinson’s disease and interdisciplinary care, and the enhanced ability to translate research into clinical practice will give you a competitive edge in the health and care industry.

Where you’ll be based

You will be based at UniSA’s Clinical and Health Sciences. We address critical and emerging health needs while improving the quality of patient care.  We are at the forefront of clinical discovery through our research into causes and cures of disease. Every day, our researchers investigate the best ways to help improve patient outcomes and create positive change in the health industry. 

We present our insights to the people who need it most, through our collaborations and partnerships with local industry and community, government and research institutions worldwide.  Our clinical and health science programs encompass pharmacy, nursing and midwifery, laboratory medicine, biomedical sciences, and nutrition and food sciences. 

UniSA’s world-class facilities provide a seamless transition from study to career, with our specialist clinics providing hands-on experience to students while serving the local community. UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences is a community of ideas and innovation. We produce versatile graduates, generate new knowledge that contributes to a healthier society, and translate our research into successful healthcare strategies.

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Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  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. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:

Applicants must have completed an entry level healthcare degree
  • Reside in Australia
  • Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking in English
  • Evidence of prior research training
Applicant who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
  • A keen desire to work with people living with a chronic condition
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Preparedness to work in a team
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.  Additionally applications from students studying externally will also be considered.  

Essential Dates

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Wednesday, 13 July, 2022

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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