PhD Scholarship - Evaluating delirium in Acute Care

PhD Scholarship - Evaluating delirium in Acute Care

Scholarship program


Allocation number



Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research

Project name

Evaluating delirium in Acute Care

Project description

AIHI is offering a domestic PhD Scholarship as part of a 3-year research project into evaluating the Delirium Clinical Care Standard (Standard). Up to 30% of patients over 65 years develop delirium (an acute confusional state) after admission to hospital. Although the confusion usually resolves, patients with delirium spend longer in hospital and have considerably poorer outcomes.  The Standard was developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in order to reduce the incidence and impact of delirium. As part of a NSW Health Fellowship to evaluate the Standard, we are offering a PhD Scholarship to conduct research in this field.

Possible research topics, depending on background and experience, include:  

1. An evaluation of tools to detect, measure and predict delirium
2. Development of methods to assess implementation of measures to reduce delirium in acute care
3. Development and application of methods to identify and measure hospital, patient and health system outcomes to assess the impact of delirium
4. Development of economic models to assess the effectiveness of the care components in the Delirium Clinical Care Standard

This research will make significant contributions nationally and internationally in identifying and managing an important hospital acquired condition.

This project is open to students with background or interest in health services research, applied health economics, patient safety and quality of care, or related disciplines.

Candidates must commence before December 15, 2017

Other important information

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake:

  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017) tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
    The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend

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 application form 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.

Contact name

Dr Virginia Mumford

Contact email

Contact phone

(02) 9850 2498

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