Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship

About the Scholarship
The Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship has been established by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), together with Brisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN) and North Western Melbourne PHN, to honour the memory of Jeff Cheverton, who demonstrated excellence in health leadership until his untimely death in March 2017.

This six-week scholarship supports scholars to develop an issues brief on a topic relevant to primary health, mental health, aged care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, or LGBTQI health. It also provides the opportunity for scholars to spend 6 weeks working with a peak national health body, based in Canberra, and to establish connections with policymakers and practitioners working in their field of research. 

Who can apply?
The Scholarship is open to postgraduate tertiary students, early career researchers and those working in primary health, mental health, aged care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, or LGBTQI health.

Why apply?
The successful applicant will receive:
• an honorarium of $5,000 payable as a one-off amount at the conclusion of the six-week placement, subject to completion of expected outcomes (described below)
• the opportunity to gain training and work experience in a peak national health body
• the opportunity to participate in the broader work of  the sponsoring organisations, which may include meetings with senior policymakers and political leaders, health service providers and academics
• support from a mentor who will provide advice during the research project
• a fully-equipped work-station within the AHHA office in Canberra.
Please note: The sponsoring organisations are not able to provide any assistance (financial or otherwise) with travel or accommodation in relation to the Scholarship.

Timing
The Scholarship will be offered during the summer academic break following granting of the award, starting from 8 January 2018. Scholars are expected to be based in the AHHA national office for six weeks, and must complete their projects within that period.  Alternative arrangements to work remotely will be considered.

Expected outcomes
Scholars are expected to write an Issues brief (no more than 5,000 words) on a topic relevant to primary health, mental health, aged care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, or LGBTQI health. The format of the Issues brief will be finalised in consultation with AHHA and Brisbane North PHN staff, however, it must:
• clearly outline the policy issue under consideration
• provide a thorough overview of the background to the policy issue and/or overview of the policy context
• outline some policy options/ directions/initiatives
• be objective (non-partisan), and easy to read
• be suitable for online publication by the AHHA.
 

Applications for the 2018 Scholarship will close at 5PM AEST on Friday 11 August 2017.