Assessing the national productivity impacts of chronic ill health

Assessing the national productivity impacts of chronic ill health

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Opening Date

01 Apr 2020 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

15 Jun 2020 12am AEST 

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GenIMPACT – Centre for Economic Impacts of Genomic Medicine

Macquarie University is offering a PhD scholarship (3 years) in Health Economics through the Australian Research Council Discovery project “Assessing the national productivity impacts of chronic ill health” awarded to Professor Deborah Schofield (2020-2022).

The project aims to address one of the biggest gaps in health and productivity research by designing a novel composite national metric that will rank lost productivity due to chronic illness The project brings together tax/transfer modelling, health modelling and epidemiological modelling specialists to develop a highly innovative microsimulation model: Health&WorkMOD to then quantify the costs of health-related productivity loss. The proposed model, an international first, will be a powerful tool to comprehensively model the cost impacts of illness and simulate policy options related to health and productivity. This will provide answers to critical policy questions for government with potential significant economic benefits. The investigator team are international leaders in the development of microsimulation models particularly in  relation to the impacts of health on productivity with a strong track record of translation to policy and practice.

The PhD scholar will develop an original aspect of the study applying microdata and microsimulation skills to assess a specific questions related to the project, such as the impact of a specific health condition on productivity losses.

A suitable applicant will have a strong disciplinary background in or a related discipline (eg economics, public health) and will develop an original research thesis on a topic of their own choice using microsimulation methods in the area of health and productivity.


This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity at a minimum level of a first-class Honours research degree or Master of Research, in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of the Tuition Fee Offset and a Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Living Allowance/Stipend.

The stipend component of the scholarship is currently valued at AUD $28,092 per annum (2020 rate, tax exempt).

Contact Details

Name: Professor Deborah Schofield (via PA Philippa Smith)
Phone: +61 2 9850 4882

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