PhD Scholarship - Trajectories of injured individuals ≥ 65 years through the hospital and residential aged care systems

PhD Scholarship - Trajectories of injured individuals ≥ 65 years through the hospital and residential aged care systems

Scholarship program


Allocation number



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

Project name

Trajectories of injured individuals ≥ 65 years through the hospital and residential aged care systems

Project description

AIHI is offering a domestic 3-year PhD Scholarship to examine the trajectories of injured individuals aged ≥65 years through the hospital and residential aged care systems. As the population ages, demand will increase for hospital and aged care services, including permanent residential aged care (RAC), respite RAC, and transitional care (TC).  The number of injury-related hospitalisations for older individuals are growing, accounting for 27% of hospitalised injury.

Following an injury, older individuals may require assistance to perform activities of daily living (ADL), either transitionally as they return to their prior ability, or on a more permanent basis.  Prior research has identified that age, functional ability, cognitive impairment, depression, multimorbidity and falls are commonly associated with aged care placements.  For older individuals, there is limited information available regarding their care transitions between the home, hospital, RAC, respite RAC and TC following a hospitalised injury.  Suboptimal care transitions may result in diminished ADL and increased costs, including through re-hospitalisation.

This research aims to examine key factors that influence older individuals transitioning between hospital and aged care services and will advance the understanding of the influence of individual and psychosocial characteristics on post-acute care placement of individuals who are hospitalised following an injury.

Other important information

This project is open to PhD candidates with a background or interest in injury epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research, or related disciplines.  Prior experience using SAS, working with linked health data collections, and using the Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) an advantage.

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake as 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

Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell

Contact email

Contact phone

(02) 9850 2321

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