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. Pathways Program to a PhD is 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. 

Applications for the 2024 UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health Pathways Program to a PhD are now closed. However, we welcome expressions of interest for future opportunities and next year's program. If you would like to learn more, please contact us at

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