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Digital Health to support Indigenous Health and Wellbeing

Primary supervisor

Chris Bain


  • Dr Anton Isaacs

Research area

Digital Transformation

A PhD scholarship is available as part of an exciting research collaboration between the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT), the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (MNHS) and indigenous communities in rural Victoria. The collaborators work together as part of the broader construct of the NEtwork for Equity through Digital health (NEED) - Equity through Digital Health - Digital Health (

This scholarship is for an eligible Australian Aboriginal student (the term Aboriginal is used to refer to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) to undertake doctoral studies (PhD) in exploring the need for, requirements around, and undertaking the implementation of,  a digital platform to support Indigenous people’s health and wellbeing.  The research program will be undertaken in close collaboration with Indigenous stakeholders, and will be supervised by Prof. Chris Bain from the Department of Human Centered Computing (FIT) and Dr. Anton Isaacs from the School of Rural Health. The program will also be overseen by an Indigenous advisory group.

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Required knowledge

Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Ideally the applicants will have an excellent academic track record and/or experience in IT or health IT. Knowledge and skills relating to any of the following would be useful: stakeholder engagement, (IT) system design, basic web programming, and technology evaluation. Experience in Indigenous and qualitative research methods is desirable, and Indigenous community-led research is desirable, as well as cultural knowledge, and experience of working with Indigenous communities and organisations. 

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Information Technology can be found on the How to Apply webpage.

Please note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

 Ideally successful applicants will enrol by late February 2022.  However, is flexibility as to the date of commencement.


Learn more about minimum entry requirements.