Understanding and Prevention of Low Back Pain

Understanding and Prevention of Low Back Pain

Programs Available

MRes Year 2 + PhD 

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Opening Date

01 Mar 2019 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

15 Oct 2019 12am AEDT 

Scholarship available to



Whether burden of disease is measured in terms of disability adjusted life years, or years lived with disability, low back pain is the health condition that carries the greatest burden internationally and in Australia according to The Global Burden of Disease 2015 study. Back pain is typically episodic and few effective prevention strategies exist.

Despite this little is known about the causes of spinal pain (back and neck pain). Imaging offers the potential to identify causes of spinal pain; however, the importance of such findings remains unclear and controversial. Little high-quality investigation of the relationship between imaging findings and spinal pain has been conducted. This scholarship will enable the appropriate student to conduct research to better understand the importance of imaging findings identified in patients with neck or back pain and explore how these may act as targets for effective prevention and treatment of spinal pain. The successful student will work with leaders in spinal pain and imaging research.


This scholarship is available to eligible domestic candidates to undertake either a MRes Year 2 + PhD (4 years total) or 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 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.

Scholarship Components

This scholarship provides a full-time living allowance/stipend currently valued at AUD $28,092 per annum, tax exempt (2020 rate). Domestic candidates are also provided with a tuition-fee offset scholarship.

Contact Details

Name: Professor Mark Hancock
Email: Mark.hancock@mq.edu.au
Phone: 02 98506622

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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