Pathways Program to a PhD: Doing Research for Mob

Have you ever thought about further studies to expand your career opportunities in the health and wellbeing space? Are you working in the health and human services industry and looking for a change or a new challenge? Do you want to learn about doing research with your community? Have you ever wondered about research and what's involved in a PhD? 

Then UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Pathways Program to a PhD is for you. Please join us for a three-day intensive program to better understand entry procedures, study options, what to expect while undertaking a PhD, and what opportunities you will have upon completing a PhD.

To register your interest, please complete the Pathways to a PhD registration form.

Why we do research

We do research to create new knowledges about how to tackle challenges in our communities. As a researcher, your contributions can guide solutions to address some of the complex social, health and wellbeing issues our communities face.

What the program covers

On completion of this intensive Pathways Program to a PhD with the UQ Poche Centre you will gain an understanding of:

  • Overview of what a PhD entails, the application and enrollment process, and how to commence your PhD
  • What support you can expect at the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
  • How to engage and draw upon the collective knowledge of peer researchers throughout your PhD
  • Introduction and insights into Indigenous research methodologies
  • Networking opportunities within the academic and research community
  • Guidance developing research proposal ideas from experts and fellow PhD candidates.
  • What opportunities will be available to you on completion of your PhD


If there is one thing the pandemic has taught us over the last few years, it’s the need for many more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals looking after our peoples at the highest levels in society. Health and humanities are paramount to our wellbeing, our communities, and our futures. Too few people carried a burden during the pandemic meaning too few Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander people were involved in the responses. Let us change this around. - Professor James Ward



Please contact the Poche Centre HDR Coordinator to discuss your application:
T +61 7 344 31678 

What dates will I need to be available to attend?

Tuesday 16 – Thursday 18 July 2024.

Who is offering this program?

The UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health provides national and international leadership in Indigenous health research and research workforce development to improve life expectancy and transform health inequities and injustices in Australia and other international settings.

Our mission is to become a leading Indigenous health research centre in Australia by creating impact through engaging in collaborative research that addresses gaps and challenges identified by Indigenous communities and building the capacity and capability of Indigenous health research communities in Australia.

Who is eligble to apply?

This is an identified position. Applicants must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent under sections 25 and 105 of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991.

Why should I apply to this program?

Apply if you would like to better understand entry procedures, study options, what to expect while undertaking a PhD, and what opportunities you will have upon completing a PhD.

How do I apply?

Register your interest here to be notified once applications are open. 

What area of study will this program support?

Potential areas of study are not limited to but include the following topics:

  • public health
  • health services research
  • health promotion
  • medicine
  • allied health and nursing
  • social sciences
  • humanities
  • disease burden
  • big data
  • surveillance
How much does this program cost?

All costs to attend and participate in the program including travel, accommodation and lunch & dinner will be covered.

Participants must be available to attend all three days of this Pathways Program to a PhD to be eligible for financial support.

What can I expect after I submit my application?

Once you're accepted into our program, you'll receive a kit including your acceptance letter, instructions to finalise your participation and a draft program.

What will I need to bring if my application is successful?

Participants will receive a welcome pack on arrival. Please bring your big ideas, curiosity and comfortable shoes.

Who can I contact if I have other questions?

Please contact the Poche Centre HDR Coordinator to discuss the program or seek any further clarification:
T +61 7 344 31678 

Program details

When: 16 - 18 July 2024
Where: The University of Queensland, St Lucia and Toowong Campuses.