Understanding and preventing mental health difficulties in young Australian men

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This position, which is supported by the Australian Research Council, offers an APA (Industry) scholarship and the opportunity to contribute to research on the promotion of help-seeking behaviour and the improvement of mental health outcomes for young males (aged 16-24). This is a valuable opportunity to be part of a collaborative environment, working with leading academics in the field. 


Professor Ian Hickie, Dr Louise Ellis

Research Location

Camperdown - Brain and Mind Centre

Program Type



The PhD position is part of a collaborative research program between the Brain and Mind Research Institute and the Inspire Foundation. The Inspire Foundation is a leading not-for-profit organisation that delivers innovative and practical online programs to prevent youth suicide and improve young people's mental health and wellbeing.

The student will join the strategic research team which is aiming to better understand the use of the Internet, technology and social marketing to create a new community awareness strategy for young men that will effectively promote help seeking behaviour and improve mental health outcomes.

The main objectives of the team are to:
•    analyse the help-seeking behaviours of young males—in particular, the social and psychological barriers that they experience in seeking help;
•    analyse the attitudes and behaviours of young males in relation to the Internet, social marketing and related technologies;
•    use these findings to develop a community awareness strategy and web-based initiative that initially attracts and then engages adolescent males, including how modes of interaction, language, visual design, navigational structure, and learning strategies can be most effectively used to achieve this; and
•    conduct a prospective randomised controlled trial comparing the new community awareness and youth engagement strategy with the Inspire Foundations’s existing Reach Out! website.

Additional Information

The scholarship stipend is $31,627 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Students will work mainly at the Inspire Foundation in Balmain under the supervision of Dr Jane Burns and Dr Louise Ellis. The successful applicant will have completed a four-year undergraduate degree in Psychology or related field, preferably with H1 results or equivalent. Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents. Please send an electronic copy of your Curriculum Vitae and a short letter explaining your interest in the position to Dr Louise Ellis. Email: lellis@med.usyd.edu.au.

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mental, health, Australian. men, youth

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 831

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