PhD Scholarship - CareTrack Aged: appropriate care delivered to Australians living in residential aged care
MRes/PhD bundle or PhD only
2018450 & 2018451
Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science
CareTrack Aged: appropriate care delivered to Australians living in residential aged care
Older people in residential aged care facilities (RACF) are the sickest and frailest cohort of any age group and have the highest rates of disability. Our current aged care system needs to keep up with demands and maintain quality of care. Given the need for a sustainable and high quality residential aged care model, it is urgent to answer the question: What proportion of care encounters delivered to Australians in RAC are “appropriate”, i.e. in line with the evidence? The level of evidence-based care plays a critical role in health outcomes, and will enable us to identify opportunities for improvement.
Our methods will be based on our previous highly successful studies, CareTrack Australia and CareTrack Kids. We intend to study 15-20 conditions frequently managed in RACFs such as delirium, dementia, depression, and medication management. We will sample RACFs recruited in three Australian States and undertake 3,600 retrospective reviews of resident’s care records using trained surveyors. Given that quality of life (QOL) is impacted by the care provided in aged care settings, we will also measure QOL using a validated instrument.
This will be a seminal piece of work of national and international importance to understand the appropriateness of care and quality of life in residential care.
Other important information
Two scholarships will be available. The higher research degree candidate will have an opportunity to be involved with the CareTrack Aged research in the area of the indicator development and data collection methods. Indicators are the embodiment of best practice within this type of research. They will be developed systematically from existing clinical practice guidelines using established methods.
The higher research degree candidate will become an integrated member of our research team. Their research will focus on efficient methods to optimise the development of the indicators such that they have high face and content validity and reliability. Their work will build on our current expertise in indicator development and has wider implications in the internationally important policy area of healthcare performance indicators.
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’.
- 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).
- 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)
Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form 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.
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 2018450 or 2018451 on your application.