Optimising computerised decision support to transform medication safety and reduce prescriber burden

Optimising computerised decision support to transform medication safety and reduce prescriber burden

Programs Available

PhD, MRes Y2+PhD Bundle 

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Opening Date

01 Jun 2018 12am AEST 

Closing Date

30 Apr 2019 11pm AEST 

Scholarship available to



The Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research was recently awarded an NHMRC Partnership Grant on optimising computerised alerts for prescribers.

In Australian hospitals, paper medication charts are increasingly being replaced by electronic systems – in the next few years, all doctors will order medications electronically. One benefit of electronic prescribing is that you can warn doctors at the point of prescribing about potential errors in their orders (e.g. this dose is too high, this patient is allergic to penicillin, drug X interacts with drug Y). Although alerts sound promising in principle, in reality doctors are often bombarded with too many alerts. As a result, doctors stop reading them.

This project will investigate whether alerts align well with prescriber workflow, are effective in reducing errors and result in reduced patient harm. This research will make significant contributions nationally and internationally in delivering critical new evidence which will translate into more effective computerised alerts to support doctors in making the best decisions for their patients.

Department: Australian Institute of Health Innovation


This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 followed by a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’; OR
  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

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 in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of the Tuition Fee Offset funded by the Research Training Program (RTP) and a Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Stipend.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • RTP Tuition Fee Offset; and
  • MQRES Stipend (living allowance)

This scholarship provides a stipend currently valued at AUD $27,596 per annum (tax exempt).

Contact Details

Name: A/Prof. Melissa Baysari
Email: Melissa.baysari@mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9850 2416

How to Apply

New applicants to Macquarie University will need to complete the Online HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Office of HDR Training and Partnerships. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in an MQ HDR program or applicants who hold a Macquarie University candidature offer LESS than 12 months old:

  • Complete and submit the HDR Application for Scholarship Only form (available on the OHDRTP Forms) and include supporting documentation, such as:
    • any additional information or research output since original application and commencement
    • updated CV
    • offer letter and/or research student profile
  • Indicate the reference under the scholarship details question
  • Email the application to hdrschol@mq.edu.au in ONE pdf document and MUST indicate in the subject line the MQ ID, full name and reference
  • Request their referees to send the Academic Referee Reports directly to hdrschol@mq.edu.au.

While current candidates are eligible to apply, any consumed prior enrolment will be counted as advanced standing and will reduce the maximum scholarship duration offered.

Please note, at the start of your application you should select the scholarship type of "HDR Strategic and Project Specific".

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