PhD Scholarship, Using a Community Co-design Process to Develop Non-confrontational Anti-violence campaigns in a Rural Health Service Setting

Swinburne University of Technology

Full time, fixed term position at our Hawthorn campus
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An industry partnered PhD Scholarship with Swinburne and Rural Northwest Health
About the Scholarship
This exciting PhD project is within the area of social and organizational psychology with a key focus on the prevention and management of occupational violence and aggression in health services. The project will involve understanding rural health services, and how they work, including occupational health and safety and community co-design.

In this PhD project, the Swinburne research team, together with the partner institution, is interested in the development of constructive strategies for adapting to increased occupational violence and aggression in health services, grounded in social psychological theory and methods. The project will generate new research and is expected to produce peer-reviewed publications that will increase understanding of anti-violence campaigns specifically in the rural setting. With regard to technology and innovation, the PhD project will explore the efficacy of locally developed, contextually-appropriate media interventions delivered via a range of different formats, including both traditional (e.g., posters) and non-traditional (e.g., social media) formats.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

Be the innovator in the face of technological and social change with Swinburne’s Faculty of Health, Arts and Design. Leading-edge research centres, strong ties to industry and commitment to high-quality, high-impact research allows you to understand humanity deeply, bring the real world to focus and make your mark.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:
• A bachelor’s degree with honours, preferable in Psychology (or related fields), or a research master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the research topic
• Skills, experience and willingness to undertake research that meets industry/ project needs
• Demonstrated strong social and adaptive communication skills to interact with a range of people from the community, industry and the university sector
• Academically sound candidate with the ability to contribute to peer-reviewed academic publications

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

How to apply and further information
Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further enquires please contact Dr Sharon Grant (Senior Lecturer Psychology) on

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Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as our Charter of Cultural Diversity, Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world-class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5 pm on the 15th of June, 2020

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