Scholarship details

Funding Body:

The University of Sydney


Postgraduate Scholarship in Evaluating the Impact of Un-operated Cataract in Australia – the FOCUS Study

Research Areas:

Health Sciences


Postgraduate Research


Falls are a leading cause of death and disability in older people and vision loss dramatically increases the risk of falls.  A fall often leads to loss of confidence, admission to nursing homes and can precipitate a rapid decline in health status.  The National Health and Medical Research Council funded The FOCUS Study (2013-2015) to evaluate falls risk in older people with cataract and this work is being extended to investigate routine and expedited surgery within NSW.  Optimal refractive and surgical management of cataract is not known.  Through the FOCUS study, The George Institute for Global Health aims to translate evidence gathered to guide resource allocation for surgical services and best practice refractive care for older people with cataract.   This PhD scholarship will involve collection of primary data for this second phase of research, linkage of health records and economic analyses of the impact of delays in cataract surgery.



Applicants should hold an appropriate Honours 1 or high 2A (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in related discipline.  Professional experience in optometry, orthoptics or other health disciplines in the fields of aged care or eye care are an advantage.  Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens.


Amount awarded:

The scholarship stipend is the APA rate ($26,288 per annum in 2016, tax exempt, indexed annually), for up to three years. Students are encouraged to apply for competitive scholarship funding and scholarship recipients may be eligible for a $10,000 per annum top-up (tax exempt) for up to three years.  


Application guide:

For further information, please contact A/Prof Lisa Keay on (02) 9657 0335 or by emailing Applications, including a cover letter, current CV, copy of academic transcripts, proof of citizenship or permanent residency, the names and contact details of at least two referees should be submitted to A/Prof Lisa Keay, Injury Division, The George Institute for Global Health.


Closing date:

31 January 2016