The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

PhD, Injury Prevention

Type of career: 
Newtown, Sydney
Application close date: 


  • A 3.5 years PhD opportunity for Australian / NZ citizens or Australian permanent residents
  • Respected global research organisation 
  • Make an impact on global health outcomes

The George Institute (‘TGI’) employs 700+ people around the world, all focused on improving the health of millions of people worldwide. As a medical research institute affiliated with leading universities and with projects in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo in healthcare to

  • Find better treatments for the world’s biggest health problems
  • Transform primary health care to support better health for more people
  • Harness the power of communities, governments and markets to improve health

Our innovative commercial enterprises help maximise our impact.

The Opportunity

Title: Can consumer-driven design of information on how to use child car seats reduce errors in use; a randomized controlled trial
Research Areas: Epidemiology, Injury Prevention, Health Literacy; Product Safety; Road Safety
Type: Postgraduate Research
Location: Injury pision, George Institute for Global Heath, Newtown, Sydney
Enrolment: Faculty of Medicine, UNSW

The successful candidate will join a research team in a dynamic and stimulating work environment. Injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children older than one year and land transport is a leading cause of injury. In developed countries, child passengers account for approximately 50% of those injured on the road. The greatest challenge internationally for child passengers is finding effective solutions to address the widespread and longstanding problem of incorrect use of car seats. In previous work we have developed consumer-driven information on how to use child restraints and have demonstrated in the laboratory that these materials can reduce errors in use by 30% compared to traditional instructions. We are now part way through a NHMRC funded randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of these materials in the field. 
This PhD project will encompass the evaluation of this RCT trial, including analysis of the primary outcome, and process evaluation. Would suit those with undergraduate backgrounds across a range of disciplines including public health, medicine or allied health, ergonomics or psychology


Applicants should hold an appropriate Honours 1 or 2/1 or equivalent in a relevant field, and be interested in applying for an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship (applications close 20th September, 2019), or similar external funded scholarship.

Amount awarded:

On successful award of the RTP scholarship stipend is $27,596 per annum over a period of three and a half years (tax exempt). 

To apply:

Applications must include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • A copy of academic transcripts
  • Proof of citizenship or permanent residency
  • The names and contact details of at least two referees

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Brown (Head, Injury Program).



The George Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people who identify as LGBTIQ; mature-aged adults and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.