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The health and economic burden of musculoskeletal disorders

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Close date
Tuesday, 6 August 2019
Academic background
Business, Humanities, Health Sciences
Host campus
PhD, Master’s
Surgical Sciences (Dunedin)
Professor Haxby Abbott, Professor Paul Hansen, Dr Ross Wilson


Several projects are available investigating the economic and health burden of—and health and economic inequalities due to—musculoskeletal disorders, including osteoarthritis, low back pain, neck pain, and shoulder disorders.

There are also projects relating to stakeholder preferences for, and the costs and effects of, interventions for these musculoskeletal disorders.

These opportunities are in the fields of health services research, outcomes research, and health economics.

Methodologies we use include computer simulation modelling (e.g. state-transition microsimulation models), multi-criteria decision analysis, discrete choice experiments, and qualitative methods (e.g. nominal group technique in focus groups).

Applicants should have a higher research degree (Honours, Master's) or higher clinical degree with research experience, a sound background in epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, or economics, and a strong aptitude for mathematics and/or statistics or writing.


Professor Haxby Abbott
Tel   64 27 289 0863