Increasing healthcare professionals’ knowledge and understanding of frailty

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.

Frail patients are cared for by a wide range of health care professionals. Among students and practitioners, common misconceptions, such as believing frailty equates to ageing or is not modifiable, result in failure to identify and manage frailty, particularly in middle-aged people with chronic disease. Current research highlights that healthcare professionals not only need but also want further training in frailty.

This PhD project will contribute to the development and dissemination of two online courses, ensuring that the content is relevant for the Australian health care and cultural context. Two inter-professional courses are planned: one for students and one for practitioners.

The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to develop skills in medical pedagogy and online platforms. The PhD candidate would be supported by internationally-recognised experts in medical education.

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 health-related qualification would be highly regarded.

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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