PhD/Masters Scholarship Opportunity: Evaluation of the implementation and impact of a state-wide innovation in health system reform in NSW
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A scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate to undertake a 2 year full-time MPhil degree or a 3.5 year full-time PhD, based at The George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales.
Although Australia has a high performing health system, it faces widening inequities, large variation in quality of care, and unbridled growth in health care spending; now exceeding 10% of gross domestic product. This poses major challenges for health system sustainability and the prosperity of the nation more broadly.
The successful candidate will be a core member of the Health Systems Science team at The George Institute for Global Health. The scope of the PhD/MPhil will be in the area of evaluation of a state-wide regionally-led health systems innovation in collaborative commissioning. The initiative is a partnership between New South Wales Ministry of Health (NSW Health), Local Health Districts (LHDs) and Primary Health Networks (PHNs). See NSW Health Collaborative Commissioning for more information about the initiative. Through an NHMRC partnership grant, the George Institute for Global Health and other leading health research institutions, are working with the partners in co-design and evaluation of the initiative. The evaluation work targets various levels and domains, from the local (e.g. what activities are implemented under the initiative, their uptake by service providers, and impact on patient access and experience), through to the regional, and state-levels (efficiencies, changed ways of working, overall quality of care, system change).
Within this broad area, the specific research undertaken by the successful candidate will be determined in close consultation between the supervisors and the candidate, taking into account the successful candidate’s skills and expertise, and goals for training. The student will have the opportunity to engage with a multi-disciplinary and diverse research and practitioner team, and gain valuable skills in quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis, presentation and scientific writing. Depending on the specific project undertaken, the student may gain access to exciting relevant datasets, and collect empirical qualitative data.
- Dr Gill Schierhout, Senior Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health/ Senior Lecturer, UNSW Sydney
- Professor David Peiris, Director, Global Primary Health Care Program (Better Care)/ Co-Director, Health Systems Science, The George Institute for Global Health/ Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney
- Dr Carmen Huckel Schneider, Senior Lecturer, Health Policy/ Deputy Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy/ Program Director, Master of Health Policy, Sydney School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney
Health Systems, Health Policy
Applicants should hold an appropriate undergraduate or Masters degree in a related discipline (eg public health). Professional experience in the Australian health sector, health research, health promotion, or other related preventative health discipline would be an advantage.
Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents are eligible to apply.
The scholarship stipend is $28,597 per annum for up to 3.5 years for PhD or 2 years for MPhil. Students will be supported to apply for competitive scholarship funding.
Applications must include a cover letter, current CV, copy of academic transcripts, proof of citizenship or permanent residency, and the names and contact details of at least two referees. Please include in your cover letter:
- Why you are interested in this opportunity
- Prior relevant research or relevant health sector experience
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Evidence of excellent written and verbal communication skills
Friday 25 June 2021