Core outcomes in frail inpatients

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

This PhD project is part of a Centre for Research Excellence that aims to improve hospital outcomes for frail patients. Frailty is prevalent in acute care settings, yet our hospitals are designed for younger, fitter patients with acute, single system problems. This results in adverse outcomes for frail patients, stress on the workforce, and high healthcare costs.

Management decisions in frail hospital patients often require trade-offs at an individual level: potential benefits of an intervention must be weighed against risk of adverse outcomes. However, it is unclear what outcomes are of critical importance to frail patients, their carers and their clinicians.

This PhD project will contribute to the development of a new set of core outcome measures for research in frail hospital patients that reflect the shared priorities of patients, carers, clinicians and health service administrators. Outcomes will be disseminated internationally to inform future research across different disciplines which will enable patients, clinicians and policy-makers to make informed decisions about management.

The PhD candidate will learn a variety of research methodologies including structured interviews for qualitative analysis and Delphi Survey, and there will be opportunities to convene workshops with local, national and international stakeholders. The PhD candidate would be supported by internationally-recognised experts in frailty and core outcome set methodology.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Professor Ruth Hubbard

Faculty of Medicine


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A medical qualification, particularly in Geriatric Medicine, would be highly regarded. Otherwise, a working knowledge of the Australian health system, ageing and/or frailty would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 4, 2025. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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