Socioeconomic inequality and hearing health in Australia

Socioeconomic inequality and hearing health in Australia

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Opening Date

21 Sep 2020 12am AEST 

Closing Date

30 Nov 2020 11pm AEDT 

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This project examines the relationship between socioeconomic inequality and the development and the impact of hearing impairment on the lives of older adults in Australia in terms of mental well-being, quality of life, social engagement, and economic position.

Previous work has demonstrated that hearing impairment is associated with social isolation, depression, disability, and low quality of life. But most of this work is based on a cross-sectional analysis of the correlates of hearing impairment and in studies outside of Australia.

Australia has an internationally unique blended model of hearing health care including both socially subsidized hearing health care and private health care at different ages and for different levels of hearing loss. This project will explore the causes and consequences of hearing impairment using longitudinal data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey.

The project will inform strategies to minimize socioeconomic risks for hearing impairment and access to hearing health services and hearing aid use in order to mitigate the adverse effects of hearing impairment in older adults in Australia.


This scholarship is available to eligible domestic or international candidates to undertake a PhD (3-year) 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 an “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $28,092 per annum (in 2020 tax-exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).

Contact Details

Name: Piers Dawes
Phone: +61 2 9850 8720

How to Apply

New applicants to Macquarie University will need to complete the OnlineHDR Candidature and Scholarship Application via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Current applicants with a successful candidature offer less than 12 months old and currently enrolled Macquarie University candidates:

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

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

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