Understanding and incorporating the consumer voice in paediatric intensive care 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.

Established in 2015, the UQ Child Health Research Centre (UQ CHRC) brings together some of UQ’s leading researchers to tackle global challenges in child and adolescent health. With research in nutrition and growth, respiratory disease, allied health, environmental health, burns, infectious diseases, cerebral palsy, rehabilitation and child and youth mental health and more, the centre is making a difference to the health of children everywhere.

The UQ CHRC is co-located with research centres from Children’s Health Queensland and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in the Centre for Children’s Health Research CCHR), a $134 million purpose-built research facility adjacent to the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

The project supervisors are Associate Professors Kristen Gibbons and Luregn Schlapbach, and Drs Sainath Raman and Bec Jenkinson, internationally-recognised experts in paediatric critical care research and consumer engagement, across a number of clinical areas, including sepsis and infection, and study designs, including clinical trials and longitudinal cohort studies. The team’s research program focusses on children admitted to a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), with strong international links and more than $7 million in Category 1 funding in the past 3 years.

This project will promote and develop strategies to support the inclusion of the consumer voice in PICU research, through the provision of projects including determining the research priorities of PICU families; developing best-practice methodologies for inclusion of PICU families in the design and conduct of research; and PICU families’ perception, experience, and acceptability of participating in clinical trials.

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 Kristen Gibbons

Faculty of Medicine

Email: k.gibbons@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.

A working knowledge of paediatric critical care or experience working in critical care settings would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

You should have the ability to develop quantitative and qualitative research skills including facilitation of focus groups, skills in research methodology, data analysis, and scientific writing.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of medicine, nursing, social work or psychology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of research studies that engage with participants from a range of backgrounds is highly desirable.

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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