PhD Scholarship in Digital Healthcare (Behavioral Science)

Swinburne University of Technology

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$45,000 p.a package for 4 years (PhD)
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Working with leading industry partners in the health area

About the project
  • Project: A Medication Adherence Platform for Reducing the cost of medication errors and non-adherence
  • Industry Partner: Peter MacCallum Cancer Center
  • Up to half of candidature spent in an industry placement
  • Utilizing Swinburne’s unique capability in Health Sciences and Digital Innovation

The ultimate objective of this project is to build a commercially viable platform which can seamlessly interact with hospital electronic medical records. This project promises better patient outcomes, significant cost reductions and unnecessary hospitalizations or medical interventions.

The key project objectives of this project are:
  • Develop a medication adherence solution for applicability across a wide range of chronic illnesses requiring self-administered medication (oral or otherwise) which auto-populates medication contra-indications and side-effects from MIMS;
  • Establish usability, fidelity and proof of concept of an online motivational interviewing platform for nurses to provide either online or phone-based tailored support to non-adherers; and
  • Test the two linked platform in a range of chronic illness settings, initially in oncology to determine clinical feasibility, acceptability and efficacy.

  • About the Scholarship
    The PhD scholarship is co-funded by our Industry Partner Peter MacCallum Cancer Center as part of the Digital Health CRC ( program. The project is a training ground for health technologists and clinical informaticians of tomorrow, who will assist in the digital transformation of Australia’s healthcare system. The Digital Health CRC (DHCRC) is a unique, multidisciplinary, collaborative taskforce of research, clinical, industry, government and educational organizations to focus research and development on combining individual and collective expertise with data, information and telecommunication technologies.

    The PhD student will form part of a team of experts from information systems, health and behavioral science, computer science, and digitalization.

    We are seeking applicants from health background, who are focused on achieving outcomes for industry, enjoy travel and working in teams, and are skilled at communicating their results to a variety of stakeholders. Having experience working with oncology populations, medication adherence and/or behavioural science/codesign methodologies would be an advantage.

    Terms and conditions
    The scholarship will be governed by the Swinburne Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

    Should you have queries regarding this opportunity please contact Professor Penelope Schofield via email with the subject “DHCRC Master/PhD scholarship – MedAdherence Project”.

    How to apply and further information
    Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

    For further enquires please contact Professor Penelope Schofield via email

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    Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

    Applications will close Sunday 15th of March 2020.

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