Centre for Health and Social Research

Work on exciting projects with an immediate impact on health and social outcomes

Student Opportunities

We offer postgraduate scholarship opportunities for PhD candidates, involving $30,000 per annum for 3 years. We also welcome students interested in Honors, and those in other postgraduate study programs.

Students at CHaSR work alongside experienced researchers, in a comfortable and central office area. Our premises are in Melbourne (VIC) and Wollongong (NSW). We have excellent support systems and easy access to library facilities and postgraduate learning opportunities.


Who are we?

The Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR) is a dynamic and contemporary research centre based out of the Australian Catholic University. Our mission is to work with Australian communities to improve their health and wellbeing through research that has a direct and sustainable impact.

CHaSR provides social marketing advice and consultancy services across all stages of research. We support problem definition through formative research and we work with stakeholders to design, test, and evaluate social marketing interventions. Our health services development and evaluation projects focus particularly on alcohol and other drugs and include work about social inclusion and effective health systems.

The Director of CHaSR, Prof Sandra Jones, has spent more than a decade exploring the influences on, and effects of, alcohol consumption. This includes the examination of key drivers of, and (potential) solutions to, the negative health and social outcomes associated with harmful levels of alcohol consumption.

Sandra leads a team of researchers, with qualifications in business, psychology, and public health. We have a supportive and positive environment where shared learning and success is paramount.


What are the benefits of studying at CHaSR?

CHaSR’s HDR students are ideally positioned to work on exciting projects in collaboration with leading academics, practitioners, NGOs, and communities – on projects that have an immediate impact on health and social outcomes.

We are currently recruiting HDR students to work on projects in one of the following areas:
• Changing social norms about (excessive) alcohol consumption
• The role of new digital technologies in alcohol-related harm
• Engaging people with disabilities in health promoting behaviours
• Social marketing in disadvantaged and marginalised communities
• Exploring the nature and effects of controversial advertising (alcohol, gambling, pharmaceuticals, infant formula)
• Stigma as a barrier to help-seeking for alcohol and other drug problems
• Reasons for and pathways into alcohol and other drug treatment
• The relationship between how services are organised and who succeeds in alcohol and other drug treatment
• Non-government organisations and new public management
• Mechanisms that support community action to improve health and well-being

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us to explore becoming part of the team.

Prof Sandra Jones
+613 9953 3709