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New scholarship to encourage leading health law research

11th May 2020

Australian Centre for Health Law Research (ACHLR) Co-Directors Tina Cockburn and Fiona McDonald announce a scholarship to support a new PhD student interested in pursuing health law research.

ACHLR conducts transdisciplinary and innovative research at the intersection of law, health ethics and policy and is Australia’s largest group of health law researchers.

As a Tier Two research centre for QUT, it facilitates real world impact across four programs of research: End of life; Health Society and Regulation; Planning for Healthy Ageing; and Technology, Innovation and Health.

“Our research excellence, impact and collaborative research effort and engagement is what distinguishes the Australian Centre for Health Law Research as Australia’s leading health law research centre,” said Tina Cockburn.

“While COVID-19 presents complex challenges in the short term, the effects of this global pandemic will be felt for many years, particularly in the areas of health law so we’re pleased to be able to make this funding available now to encourage further research,” said Associate Professor Fiona MacDonald.

The new scholarships will assist with covering living costs. “Financial support can make all the difference when it comes to being able to devote time to research,” said Associate Professor Tina Cockburn. Successful applicants must be able to enrol and commence by 1 September 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the scholarship is restricted to prospective students currently based in Australia.

“Our research culture is vibrant, supportive and inclusive with a strong focus on collaborative multi-disciplinary projects in cutting-edge areas of health law research,” said Fiona McDonald.

ACHLR recently celebrated the success of Professors Ben White and Lindy Willmott whose draft bill on voluntary assisted dying legislation was endorsed by the Queensland Parliament Committee.

Applications for the scholarship close 12 June. 

More details can be found here.

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