MRes/PhD Scholarship - Optimising computerised decision support to transform medication safety and reduce prescriber burden

MRes/PhD Scholarship - Optimising computerised decision support to transform medication safety and reduce prescriber burden

Scholarship program

MRes/PhD or PhD only

Allocation number

2019013

Department

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

Project name

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

Project description

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.

Other important information

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.

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’: Tuition Fee Offset and “MQRES MRES” Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).
    OR
  • Direct entry into a PhD: Tuition Fee Offset and “MQRES” full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually)

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 Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Current applicants with a successful candidature offer less than 12 months old and currently enrolled Macquarie University candidates:

  • MUST submit a Scholarship Only Application form with supporting documents to hdrschol@mq.edu.au.
  • Include any additional documentation/research output
  • MUST indicate the allocation number under the scholarship details question
  • MUST include ID number and full name in email subject line (in one PDF attachment)

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.

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

Associate Professor Melissa Baysari

Contact email

Melissa.baysari@mq.edu.au

Contact phone

(02) 9850 2416

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