MRes/PhD Health Informatics

MRes/PhD Health Informatics

MRes/PhD bundle scholarship in Health Informatics, Quality and Safety

NHMRC Partnership Project:  Delivering safe and effective test result communication, management and follow-up

Allocation Number: 2016174

About the project:

The failure to follow-up test results is an area of patient safety risk, which can have major consequences for the quality of care, including missed diagnoses and suboptimal patient outcomes. The objective of this study is to establish effective, sustainable and safe test result management systems utilising evidence-based practice, health information technology (IT), consumer engagement and enhanced clinical governance processes.

The partnership incorporates key stakeholders involved in the safe delivery of test results and effective clinical care. It will be undertaken by a team of internationally-recognised researchers in areas ranging from health informatics, pathology, emergency medicine and quality and safety. The collaborating partners are the South Eastern Area Laboratory Services and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Research experts from the Prince of Wales Hospital, Health Consumers NSW, The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and the Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists will provide input to the project.

The research will be undertaken across hospitals in the South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health Districts in Australia. It will involve the implementation of enhanced accountability and governance arrangements, engagement with consumers and the utilisation of health information technologies such as electronic reporting systems and patient portals. The expected outcomes from the research will be: a) key translational evidence about the performance of test result management systems using health IT; b) evidence-based standards and enhanced clinical governance processes related to the communication and governance of test result management; and c) enhanced consumer engagement.

About the scholarship:

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’.


  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • In 2016, MRES candidates will receive a stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate for PhD, $26,288 per annum (2016 rate) tax exempt (indexed annually).
  • The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $26,288 per annum (2016 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.


Associate Professor Andrew Georgiou

(02) 9850 2424

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