Engaging consumers in frailty and ageing research

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 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Program that aims to partner with consumers to deliver  a national response to frailty. Frailty is the most significant challenge to ‘ageing well’ in Australia. There are evidence-based interventions to slow the progression of frailty and reduce frailty. However, intervention programs are not routinely available as there are barriers to access and implementation in health systems.

This PhD project may explore:

  • best practice methods for engaging consumers (older people and carers) in frailty and ageing research;
  • evaluation of consumer engagement within existing frailty and ageing research trials;
  • development of a consumer engagement model for a national clinical/research network.

The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to develop skills in qualitative research methods, consumer engagement and co-design. The PhD candidate would be supported by experts in health consumer engagement and co-design.

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

Email: r.hubbard1@uq.edu.au

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.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 3, 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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