PhD Scholarship - Digital health for patients and healthcare consumers

PhD Scholarship - Digital health for patients and healthcare consumers

Scholarship program

PhD or Master of Research + PhD bundle (1+3 year program; see below)


Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Health Informatics (CHI), Consumer Informatics team

Project name

Digital Health for Patients and Healthcare Consumers

Project description

The Centre for Health Informatics (CHI) is the longest-running health informatics research centre in Australia. The Centre's work is internationally recognised for its ground-breaking contributions in the role of digital technology to support health service innovation.

We are seeking a bright and enthusiastic candidate to join the Consumer Informatics team to undertake PhD research under the supervision of Senior Research Fellow Dr Annie Lau. Our research program focuses on the impact, design, and science of digital technology for healthcare consumers, patients and their carers.

The exact PhD topic will be determined taking into account the interests, experience and prior training of the successful candidate. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • understanding unmet needs of patients and consumers in everyday settings (e.g. patient work) and crisis circumstances (e.g. pandemics),
  • co-designing and co-evaluating digital health with patients and consumers,
  • investigating the role, benefits and unintended consequences of novel technologies for patients and consumers (e.g. artificial intelligence),
  • addressing the challenges of integrating digital technologies for patients and consumers in real-life settings (e.g. homes, routine care).

The scholarship will suit an applicant with training in Human Factors, Psychology, Design methods, Computer Science, Engineering, Data Sciences, Public Health, Medicine, Health Sciences, or a Health-related field. It would also suit applicants who enjoy innovative technologies, as well as a desire to work with patients, consumers, carers and clinicians.

Other important information

This scholarship is available to eligible domestic candidates for 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 domestic scholarship at a full-time stipend rate is $28,092 per annum (in 2020, tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).

An additional 1-year funding is also available to support exceptional candidates who need to complete a Master by Research program before enrolling into the PhD program. Please contact Dr Annie Lau for more details.

How to apply:

Please confirm your suitability before applying by contacting Dr Annie Lau (see below).

Scholarship allocation number: 20223065

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, relevant research experience, and preferably peer-reviewed publication record. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Specifically, applicants will need to comply with Macquarie University PhD admission and scholarship requirements:

  • Completion of a Master of Research (MRes) with a grade of at least a Distinction level (75% or greater) in second year; or
  • A Master of Philosophy (MPhil); or
  • A two-year Masters degree with a major research component at Distinction level (75% or greater).
  • Peer-reviewed research output may be taken into consideration for admission to the program.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to submit their applications to

Applications must include the following documents:

  • Complete CV, including publication list, past education and training, and awards.
  • Detailed academic transcripts of relevant undergraduate and Masters studies.
  • 1-page summary addressing the above admission and scholarship requirements.
  • 1-page research statement describing the proposed scope of the PhD and its alignment with the research of the Centre.

Applicants will need to complete the HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form via the Online Application System, selecting HDR Strategic Scholarship (Project or Supervisor Specific). Applicants must also 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.

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 Annie Lau

Contact email

Contact phone

(02) 9850 1608

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