MRes/PhD Scholarship - Medication safety in paediatrics

MRes/PhD Scholarship - Medication safety in paediatrics

Allocation Number:  2015253

Project Name

Delivering safe and effective care for children in hospital with eHealth systems

Project Description

The Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, one of the core research centres within AIHI, was recently awarded an NHMRC Partnership Grant on medication safety and eHealth systems in paediatric hospitals. The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network plans to adopt new eHealth systems to significantly reduce patient risk and improve outcomes for patients. Two major electronic health record components will be implemented: 1) an electronic medication management system (eMM) for all patients and 2) an electronic medical record for oncology patients (eMR). This is a multi-method study which will run over five years. A core element is a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of the eMMs to reduce errors and patient harm.

Six possible research topics are available for post graduate research students depending upon their backgrounds and experience:

This research will make significant contributions nationally and internationally in delivering critical new evidence which will translate into better and safer eHealth system design and use to support clinical care for children.


Professor Johanna Westbrook
+61 2 9850 2402

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD 'bundle offer'. MRES Year 2, Semester 2 commencement is subject to further approval.


  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt (indexed annually).
  • The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually).

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The form can be downloaded from the Forms page and further information can be found on the Application page.

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, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

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