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Young people, alcohol use and place-based factors impacting on educational and health outcomes

Alcohol disrupts health brain development in adolescents, and is the leading risk factor for death and disability amongst 15-49 year-olds. Early and mid-adolescence drinking can contribute to young peoples’ disengagement from education and employment, which can in turn contribute to negative lifetime outcomes such as social and economic hardship. This research aims to investigate how alcohol and other drug use impacts upon pathways thorough mainstream institutions such as schools and technical colleges. This may include the identification of risk and protective factors that impact upon these educational pathways, and how they can be used to inform place-based (e.g. Frankston Morning-Peninsula region) intervention responses. This project description reflects a broad program of research with various components able to be investigated depending on student level. Scholarship award amounts The scholarship amount awarded to full-time PhD students is $29,000 per annum. PhD Scholarship duration is three years maximum. In addition, up to $10,000 will be available as a competitive Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC) Scholarship Top-up by application. There is opportunity for additional paid employment.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
alcohol; young people; drugs
Eastern Health Clinical School
Available options 
Masters by research
Time commitment 
Top-up scholarship funding available 
Physical location 
Peninsula campus
Assoc Prof 
Suzanne Nielsen

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