PhD Scholarship - Safety in the Emergency Department

PhD Scholarship - Safety in the Emergency Department

Scholarship program


Allocation number



Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science

Project name

Productive safety in the Emergency Department (ED): developing ED safety capacity when responding to high patient demand and unexpected events

Project description

This project will address an internationally-important healthcare problem in hospital Emergency Departments: with a surging demand for services, how can we ensure a safe environment for patients while still maintaining throughput?

The purpose of this project is to design and implement ED processes to improve system resilience in NSW public hospitals. We seek to identify key quantitative and qualitative behavioural and organisational measures that are predictive of a resilient response to unexpected events and periods of peak patient demand in the ED. Based on these measures, processes will be developed for assessing and improving productive safety. By doing so, we will assist ED leaders and clinicians to evaluate their organisation, and implement action to improve the number of things that go right when faced with challenging or unanticipated conditions. Such a proactive effort is likely to strengthen ED responses to threats and crises, and thereby save money and lives.

The project aims are:

  1. To establish baseline measurement of productive safety in EDs in NSW public hospitals.
  2. To refine productive safety processes, following an in-depth study of NSW ED cases.
  3. To develop a suite of context-dependent and generic tools to support re-design of processes to improve productive safety in EDs in NSW public hospitals.

A scholarship is available for a full time domestic PhD student to undertake mixed-method research in these areas, with the specific research project able to be negotiated.

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

Dr Robyn Clay-Williams

Contact email

Contact phone

(02) 9850 2438

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

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