Scholarship in the Department of Chiropractic

Scholarship in the Department of Chiropractic

Programs Available

PhD or MRes Year 2 + PhD 

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Opening Date

15 Oct 2019 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

15 Dec 2019 11pm AEDT 

Scholarship available to



A unique and exciting opportunity exists for a full-time postgraduate four year scholarship, funded through the Department of Chiropractic, to undertake research studies leading to a PhD . The research project will be focused on the management of musculoskeletal disorders in primary care clinical settings. Specifically, there are a number of project options about low back pain that may be considered as part of this scholarship, including evaluating different interventions, determining predictors of inappropriate imaging, and prioritising and addressing knowledge to practice gaps in the primary care management of low back pain.

You will work with collaborating academics from across the Department of Chiropractic and the Macquarie University Spinal Pain Research Group, along with other experts in musculoskeletal disorders, where relevant.

Applicants who have appropriate qualifications and experience in clinical research in primary care settings are encouraged to apply for this exciting opportunity. The successful candidate will receive research training and input from experts in the areas of epidemiology, clinical research, clinical trials, primary care, and musculoskeletal conditions.

About Us

Macquarie University has distinguished itself as one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities. Macquarie has outstanding achievements in research income, citations ranking, supporting Centres of Research Excellence, and timely completion of higher degree research students.

The Department of Chiropractic’s research vision is to improve the health of the community, especially in the area of musculoskeletal conditions. The Department aims to actively foster academic staff and postgraduate research in areas of population health, evidence-based chiropractic practice and innovative teaching approaches. Members of the Department of Chiropractic maintain a diverse range of research interests in such areas as clinical research, basic and applied chiropractic sciences, and population health. The Department’s research is supported by collaborations with outstanding internal and external musculoskeletal research groups, with industry, including the chiropractic professional associations, and with other research funding bodies.

Research strengths of the Department of Chiropractic include the following areas:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan, including adolescence, adults and the ageing population
  • Spinal biomechanics including mechanical properties of spinal tissues, instrumentation and quantification of forces used in manual therapies
  • Implementation research, particularly around the use of imaging for low back pain
  • Intervention research for chronic musculoskeletal-related conditions such as chronic respiratory disease and osteoarthritis
  • Promoting ways to incorporate physical activity and structured exercise into the chiropractic consultation
  • Research about the safety of chiropractic treatment
  • Education research, with a focus on the teaching of anatomy

Candidates must discuss their project with Prof Simon French before applying.


This scholarship is available to eligible international or domestic candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD or MRes Year 2 + 3-year PhD program.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $28,092 per annum (in 2020 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).

The MRes Year 2 + PhD scholarship has been approved for a maximum of 4 years.

Contact Details

Name: Professor Simon French

How to Apply

For information on how to apply, select the "How to Apply" button below.

Please note, at the start of your application you should select the scholarship type of "HDR Project/Supervisor Specific Scholarship".

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