PhD opportunity: Integrating technology to improve the delivery of aged care

Macquarie Park, NSW |

Job Type:

3-year PhD program (Full-time)

Salary Range:

The value and tenure of the domestic scholarship at a full-time stipend rate is $28,092 per annum (in 2020, tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually), with a $5,000 per annum top-up provided by SNHN.

Job Description:

This project is a collaboration between AIHI, Sydney North Health Network (SNHN), Northern Sydney Local Health District, Anglicare, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association.

The aim of this project is to develop a dashboard of integrated information, risk indicators and decision support, in order to better identify and support older adults at risk of poor outcomes in residential and community-based aged care. We will target two priority aged care challenges, namely falls and client wellbeing. We will target two priority aged care challenges, namely falls and client wellbeing.

The dashboard will be iteratively co-developed and tested with stakeholders to (i) allow care managers to monitor robust real-time indicators of care quality, (ii) support health workers to obtain a client overview ‘at a glance’ and make evidence-based decisions about their care, and (iii) provide timely, meaningful information to the older person and their family. This project will directly impact the nearly 9,000 people who receive aged care services with our project partner, Anglicare, each year, and provide a national model for data integration and real-time quality monitoring transferable across the aged care sector.

As part of this project, we are interested in understanding how best to support General Practitioners, often physically independent from aged care services, in using such a dashboard to improve client care.

A domestic PhD scholarship is available using quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods to examine how the dashboard could facilitate communication between General Practitioners and aged care clients and providers.

Skills and Experience:

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and, preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

How to Apply:

Please confirm your suitability before applying by contacting Amy Nguyen ( Applicants will need to complete the HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form via the Online Application System, selecting HDR Strategic Scholarship (Project or Supervisor Specific). Applicants must also arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Starting date: 
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Closing date: 
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University
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