Supplementary scholarship funded by Relationships Australia
I’m not doing health research. Can I still apply?
When is the closing date?
is enrolled or enrolling full-time in a program of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, based in the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH)*; and
is in receipt of an approved ANU HDR Base stipend scholarship; and
is not in full-time employment; and
has arrived at a research topic that meets the intent of the Award, in consultation with the donor and PHXchange; and
is located, or able to relocate to Canberra or surrounds; and
must complete a National Crime Check, and hold and maintain legislative certification for working with children and vulnerable people.
How to apply
- Project research proposal (up to 4 pages), which has been discussed with one nominated prospective supervisor.
- CV, academic record and details of 2 referees
- Expression of Interest (EOI). These 2 pages, should express your motivation and suitability to receive this Award, and for admission the ANU PhD program; and detail any other scholarships awarded or applied for.
Student Office, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU email@example.com cc firstname.lastname@example.org
- Performance at interview
- Significance and relevance of the proposed research proposal to address the aims of the Award
- Applicant’s research potential (based on CV, academic record and EOI)
- Applicant’s relevant experience
- Research feasibility, support from prospective supervisors; and
- Comparison with other applications received in the same scholarship round
English language competency
Children’s voices are ‘views of children that are actively heard and valued as substantive contributions to decisions affecting the children’s lives’ (Brooks and Murray, 2018). Within Australia the establishment of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children (2009 - 2021), and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2012) have led to an increased focus on working to improve life outcomes for children and young people. A key outcome of these processes are the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations (National Principles) which specifically require that “Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously” (AHRC, 2018).
Many programs across the Relationships Australia Federation receive funding under the Family and Children Activity, (Department of Social Services) which requires them to comply with the National Principles. In addition to the requirements of the National Principles there are broader reasons for children and young people to have a voice in decisions that affect them, as elegantly stated by (Murray, 2019) “those who listen actively to children’s voices come to know and understand the children’s needs and interests and that this provides information that enables adults to respond positively to children’s needs and interests” and “If we do not listen actively and attend to each child’s voice, we convey to the child and others that we do not value the child’s perspective, and ultimately, that we do not value the child.” Aside from these agential benefits, research shows that including children’s voices in services can have positive effects such as mediating parental and family conflict (Yasenik, Graham and Fieldstone, 2020), improving co-parenting outcomes (Yasenik and Graham, 2016), reducing child stress and improving psychological well-being (McIntosh et al., 2008), and more effective service delivery (Hutchfield and Coren, 2011).
Across the Relationships Australia Federation, we have recognised the benefits that can be gained from including the voice of children and young people. While specific initiatives engage with children and young people, there are no systematic methods, informed by empirical studies available to understand when it is appropriate or how to include the voice of children and young people in community services. This gap represents an opportunity to improve our service design, delivery, and evaluation and produce positive wellbeing outcomes for children and young people who intersect with our services. As such, this is an exciting time to develop and test a best-practice and evidence-based model for how to embed these important voices in our services.
This project is funded by Relationships Australia, a federation of eight state and territory organisations. We provide services and supports across each Australian state and territory, via our state and territory organisations. We are a community-based, not-for-profit Australian organisation with no religious affiliations. Our services are for all members of the community, regardless of religious belief, age, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choice, cultural background, or economic circumstances.
The Relationships Australia Federation is committed to research and the use of data and practice evidence to inform our services and Australia’s social policy landscape. Through a combination of unique research projects and partnerships with universities, we are proud to contribute our skills and experience to enhance the understanding of issues impacting our clients and fellow Australians more broadly.
Relationships Australia Canberra & Region is the lead organisation of this project for the Federation. We offer community services to clients throughout the ACT, in the NSW Riverina, and an extensive area of the far south coast of NSW. We believe that positive and healthy relationships in our home, work, and social lives are essential for our wellbeing. Our journey through life is not always straightforward, and there are times when our relationships become tough and erode our mental and physical health. Our services support people at times of vulnerability and across their lifespan. Our services are available to all who need our support, regardless of income, age, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, cultural background.
The Relationships Australia National Research Network consists of a Relationships Australia CEO as chair, and research staff from each of the Relationships Australia State and Territory organisations. We work together as a team of experienced researchers to identify key issues common across Relationships Australia Federation, that may be addressed using empirical research tools. As a group we support each other to identify, develop, and undertake research projects in a collaborative manner. The outputs of our activities play an important role in providing an evidence base for community services, for both the Relationships Australia Federation and the broader community services sector.
This PhD Supplementary Scholarship is being offered in collaboration with the Population Health Exchange (PHXchange). The PHXchange is part of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, College of Health and Medicine, ANU, and provides resources for fostering collaborations between researchers and diverse stakeholders. These collaborations aim to increase the impact of research in society, such as achieving better health outcomes through evidence-informed policy and practice change. The PHXchange engages in multidisciplinary research that utilises the strengths of members across the ANU.