Investigating information support tools for emergency patient handovers

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.

We are recruiting a PhD student from a relevant human-computer interaction, informatics, design, social or behavioural science background to join a research project investigating state-of-the-art technology systems that meet the needs of emergency healthcare practitioners during handovers—events when responsibility is transferred from one team to another. This is an exciting opportunity to work with the project collaborator Retrieval Services Queensland—a large, helicopter-based rescue organisation that conducts advanced retrieval missions throughout the state.

This project will focus on processes in the prehospital to hospital patient pathway during which patients, resources, and information need to be smoothly transferred between teams. Difficulties can arise at each handover because of high time pressure, the incompatibility of technological and organisational structures, or the diverging aims of the individuals involved.

This project will explore the capabilities of technologies such as machine learning or ubiquitous computing in designing ICT tools to support handovers. The PhD student will collect and analyse data to inform the design of an intelligent support system and the creation of an integrated framework of criteria and considerations that can be applied to multiple-jurisdiction handovers.

The successful candidate will gather insights through field research in prehospital and hospital environments. They will also conduct co-design processes with healthcare and allied health professionals and develop technology prototypes that will improve the flow of people/patients, resources, and information. The scholarship is part of ARC Discovery Project DP220102349 “Information support tools for the trauma patient pathway”.

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)


Associate Professor Ben Matthews

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering


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 human-centred design of technologies including prototyping, development and evaluation, and qualitative fieldwork research and analysis would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of human-computer interaction, design, informatics, social science, or behavioural science and the potential for scholastic success.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 4, 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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