Finances, Employment and Prostate Cancer

Understanding the Financial and Employment Experiences and Needs of People with Prostate Cancer and their Carers

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Financial toxicity, or the financial impact of the treatment of cancer, is a growing issue for people affected by cancer. The impact of cancer on employment, for both people with cancer and their carers and families, can be significant. People with cancer or their carers in rural and regional areas may experience additional challenges.

Although prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis for men in many countries, information on the employment experience of people with prostate cancer is relatively limited. Furthermore, few of these studies have been conducted in Australia. Given differences across countries in employment and social support systems, Australian-specific research is needed. In addition, although there is growing recognition of financial toxicity for carers in cancer, research on this topic is comparatively limited.

The proposed PhD will evaluate survivor and carer perspectives and experiences regarding financial impact, return to work and work engagement for people affected by prostate cancer. The project will enhance student knowledge of surveys and questionnaires and provide opportunities to use different techniques and analytic approaches.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Jessica Roydhouse


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Minimum entry requirements in Science, Health Science, Public Health, Psychology or a related field
  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience in qualitative research
  • Experience in clinical or survey research
  • Experience conducting statistical analyses and working with statistical packages (Stata, R, or SAS)

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Jessica Roydhouse to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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