PhD Scholarship - Medication safety in paediatrics

PhD Scholarship - Medication safety in paediatrics

Scholarship program


Allocation number



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

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:

  1. An evaluation of computerised decision support for prescribers in the eMMS
  2. Economic evaluation of the eMMS implementation
  3. Development and application of methods for the measurement of adverse drug events and harm in paediatric patients
  4. Development and application of statistical analysis methods for stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trials
  5. Development and application of methods to assess the effects of ehealth systems on clinical workflow and processes.
  6. Evaluation of eMMS training models

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.

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 $27,082 per annum (in 2018) 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

Professor Johanna Westbrook

Contact email

Contact phone

(02) 9850 2402

Content owner: Australian Institute of Health Innovation Last updated: 11 Jul 2018 2:25pm

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