Delivering critical resources for primary care management of driving in patients with dementia

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 project addresses a wicked problem in primary health care of persons with dementia; driver safety assessment and driving cessation.

General practitioners (GPs) identify changes in cognitive functioning and are tasked with monitoring driver safety in their patients with dementia. It is presently a poorly resourced area of primary care, lacking in objective tests and clear guidelines.  We have convened a multidisciplinary team of research leaders with expertise in dementia, driving, and primary care practice research to support the PhD candidate through our Medical Research Future Fund trial.  The focus of the PhD can take a number of directions related to this trial, including (i) co-design of resources with health practitioners and consumers, (ii) protocols for primary care practice delivery of our innovative online driver safety assessment, (iii) implementation design, etc., depending upon the skills and interests of the candidate.

This project aims are to deliver critical education and assessment resources which will support primary care practitioners to begin a conversation with their patients early on and to assess driver safety issues confidently. The PhD project  will lead to improved outcomes for primary care practitioners and for people living with dementia and their care partners.

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)


Dr Theresa Scott

School of Psychology


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 working knowledge of primary care practice management of persons with dementia would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of a health-related field, e.g. primary care, psychology, occupational therapy, or public health and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of primary care practice management of persons with dementia is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2023. 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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