Studying at SAHMRI

What it's like to study at SAHMRI
Studying at SAHMRI

SAHMRI offers a unique opportunity for Higher Degree Students to undertake their honours or PhD studies in a world-class facility where all staff are working towards the SAHMRI vision of inspired research leading to better health for all.

Located at the heart of Adelaide BioMed City on North Terrace, Adelaide, students undertaking their Honours and PhD projects at SAHMRI will benefit from the institute’s strong partnerships with the nearby university sites as well as the adjacent Royal Adelaide Hospital.

SAHMRI is the home to students from all three of South Australia’s major universities. Students at SAHMRI can carry out research across the institute’s broad range of research themes and pillars. Whether working on laboratory, clinical, population or health services research; close interaction with researchers from diverse fields, coupled with the proximity to the clinical coalface, provides the opportunity to perform research that truly impacts health outcomes our community.

Students working at SAHMRI will be enrolled within university programs but will benefit also from the unique student community SAHMRI has fostered over its relatively short lifespan.

Current Student Opportunities

SAHMRI Projects with Student Opportunities

Student Category:
PhD, Masters, Honours

Supervisor Name:
Associate Professor Richard Young

Research Theme:
Lifelong Health

Research Program:
Nutrition, Diabetes & Gut Health

Research Group:
Intestinal Nutrient-Sensing Group

Start Date:
Flexible for PhD-Masters; February and June entry for Honours (Aligned to the Adelaide Medical School, The University of Adelaide)

PhD 3-4 years; Masters 2 years; Honours 1 year

Associate Professor Richard Young
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PhD scholarship opportunity

This scholarship is aligned with an awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with Associate Professor Odette Pearson (Co-theme & Population Health Program Lead, Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI & Adjunct Associate Professor Adelaide Medical School, The University of Adelaide) and a multidisciplinary investigator team of experts in Indigenous health, aged care, population health surveillance, epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, biomedical informatics, policy and consumer and carer experiences. Professor Gillian Caughey (ROSA Associate Director & Adjunct Professor, Adelaide Medical School, The University of Adelaide) will be a co-supervisor on this PhD project.

The project on offer responds to calls for evidence-driven reforms in aged care from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and the Indigenous community, to improve health and wellbeing for older Indigenous Australians. The project aims to improve the experiences and health outcomes of Indigenous people in aged care by:

  1. Examining the barriers and equity of access to national government-subsidised aged care services by Indigenous people
  2. Investigating the quality and safety of aged care services received by Indigenous people
  3. Identifying whether the care received by Indigenous people in aged care meets their physical, clinical, and psychosocial needs

The successful candidate will be supported to define a PhD program of research that aligns with these overarching project aims.

The research program is in partnership with the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA). Established in 2017, the ROSA is a national data platform linking information from both the aged care and health care sectors, designed to monitor the health, service utilisation, medication use, mortality, and other outcomes of people receiving aged care services in Australia. ROSA’s Historical National Cohort (2002-2020) includes ~3.5 million people, including 83,306 Indigenous individuals, with linked aged care assessments, aged care service records, deaths, health care services subsidised by the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), medications provided under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), and state health authorities’ hospital and ambulance records. For the first time, questions about the appropriateness and outcomes of health care provided to Indigenous people in aged care can be studied at the population level.

Indigenous governance processes have been established to provide strategic and cultural advice to ROSA Indigenous research activities, including this project. The ROSA National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee will be involved in the lifespan of the project and will inform an effective and culturally appropriate community engagement strategy and monitor implementation.

The ideal candidate for this opportunity is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student who is keen to develop and apply Indigenous approaches to generating and applying evidence to inform policy and practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care. Applications from non-Indigenous candidates are also welcome.

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis. We will consider your:

  • previous academic record,
  • publication record,
  • honours and awards, and
  • employment history.

A background or knowledge of Indigenous health, public health, healthy ageing, or aged care is highly desirable.


For further information, please contact Margaret McCallum, Program Lead, Capacity Development


Phone: 08 8128 4226