Practice change initiatives to improve the care of 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.

In hospitals, many frail patients are managed by clinicians with expertise in single system problems. Clinical Practice Guidelines are usually based on evidence from trials recruiting middle-aged patients at the fitter end of the health spectrum, without co-morbidities or cognitive/psychosocial problems.

This PhD project may explore:

  • disease-specific or intervention-specific relationships between frailty and outcomes;
  • process evaluation of barriers and enablers to integration of frailty information into clinical practice;
  • co-creation of resources for patients and carers; and,
  • dissemination of frailty-specific information to health professionals.

The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to develop skills in advanced quantitative analyses, qualitative analyses of structured interviews, process evaluation and/or co-design. The PhD candidate would be supported by internationally-recognised experts in frailty and implementation science.

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. Otherwise, a background in or knowledge of statistics and/or consumer engagement and/or co-design and/or 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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