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Improving mental health and safety in the construction industry

Study level

PhD

Master of Philosophy

Honours

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/Lead unit

Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Dr Carol Hon
Position
Research Fellow (DECRA)
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

Construction workers are more susceptible to suicide than non-construction workers in Australia.

Statistics shows that the average suicide rate per 100,000 people between 2001 and 2013 for male construction workers was 24.6 compared to 13.4 non-construction workers. Only limited research has been done on this area.

Dr Carol Hon has been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Discovery for Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to investigate this research area (2019-2022).

Students joining her research team will be given exciting research training and interdisciplinary research collaboration opportunities.

Research activities

You will be required to complete:

  • a literature review
  • data collection and data analysis
  • a research publication.

Outcomes

From this project we are expecting to provide recommendations on improving mental health and safety management in the construction industry.

Skills and experience

To apply for this project, you should have:

  • a construction/engineering/occupational health and safety/psychology background
  • quantitative and qualitative research skills.

Scholarships

You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round

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Contact

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