Doctoral scholarships support health and wellbeing in WA mining

  • The Cook Government is further investing in research support to advance the mental awareness, respect and safety agenda
  • New PhD scholarships to be offered for innovative research at WA universities

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston has launched a new Mental Awareness, Respect and Safety (MARS) PhD Scholarship program hosted by the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA).

The grants will further support a growing center of leading research in Western Australia to improve the health, safety and welfare of workers in the mining industry.

At least four MARS PhD scholarships will be available to study at any Western Australian university.

MARS PhD Fellows will have access to MRIWA’s educational program to further support their development into future thought leaders with the skills and passion to address mine worker safety and welfare issues.

This initiative will complement the recently announced Professorial Chair in Occupational Health and Safety in Mining awarded to Edith Cowan University.

Applications close on Friday 8 December 2023.

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Comments attributed to Minister of Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston:

“The way we work is fundamentally changing and we need to better understand how we can prepare those in the mining industry for these changes.

“The Mental Awareness, Respect and Safety Scholar PhD Fellowships will play an important role in the research ecosystem we are developing in Western Australia.

“They will work to create innovative solutions based on scientific perspectives to improve the health, safety and well-being of workers and others in the mining industry.

“Increasing the number of MRIWA PhDs will advance understanding of health and wellbeing issues in the mining industry and provide a mechanism to monitor progress in these very important areas.”

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