Date Posted
28 Aug 2024

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PhD Project
University of Tasmania

Improving the quality of care for people in an acute care setting

28 Aug 2024

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Position Description

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for a full-time PhD position subject to successfully obtaining a university Doctoral Scholarship. The successful candidate will be expected to commence as soon as possible, but no later than in mid-2020.

The University of Tasmania is building a vision of a place-based University with a mission to enhance the intellectual, economic, social and culture future of Tasmania, and from Tasmania, contribute to the world in areas of distinctive advantage. The University recognises that achieving this vision is dependent on the people we employ as well as creating a University that is values-driven, relational, diverse, and development-focused. The College of Health & Medicine incorporates the School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, Menzies Institute for Medical Research and Wicking Dementia and Research Education Centre.
In collaboration with the Tasmanian Health Service (THS), the Centre for Health Service Research proposes to implement and evaluate the interRAI acute care (iAC) assessment system in all major Tasmanian public hospitals.

The primary project aims to study the nature of quality of care and to identify caveats and ways to improve health assessments in the acute care setting. The PhD project will focus on patient outcomes and pharmacological interactions during an acute episode of care. In particular, the focus is on improvements, process management and organisational excellence. This project will involve utilisation of an electronic assessment system across the entire episode of care, linked with patient medication data.

Please note: the position will suit a variety of backgrounds (including nursing, medical, allied health, health policy, public health, pharmaceutical, and methodologists, etc.) and involve a mix of quantitative and qualitative work (e.g. systematic reviews, before and after studies, RCTs, qualitative interviews). An understanding of medications is required. The project is open to both Australian (domestic) and International candidates.

How to Apply

The successful PhD candidate will have: • A degree with a substantial research project (e.g. Research Masters’ degree, Masters’ degree with treatise component, or Bachelor degree with first-class Honours). • Excellent analysis and writing skills, demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work in teams • Capacity to work with a range of disciplines and have to travel within the state (Tasmania) • Evidence of project management and organisation ability, including the ability to fulfil goals and deliver outcomes within a specified period • Capacity to seek scholarship funds, with support from supervisors • Meet minimum English language requirements (TESOL/IELTS Level 7 in all bands). Your Expression of Interest should include: • Your CV and copy of academic transcript(s) • List of two or three potential academic referees and/or line managers • Sample of written work, ideally appropriate for an academic audience (e.g. honours thesis, peer-reviewed journal article, essay written during coursework study or similar) • ‘Statement of Purpose’ describing your interests, reasons for pursuing this opportunity and longer-term goals, (max. 1-2 pages) Submit your Expression of Interest via email to: Dr Mohammed Salahudeen, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania. Email:

Position Category: Medical & Biological Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project.