PhD

Expression of Interest: PhD

We have the following available under our 4 themesfollowing:

  • Implementing automation tools for systematic reviews. (Supervisors:  Prof Paul Glasziou, Dr Alexandra Bannach-Brown)

Several tools to automate steps in a systematic review are available, including machine learning and text-mining software, and tools that eliminate repetitive tasks. Further tools may be useful for steps in the review process but are not yet available. We would like to evaluate real-world usefulness of current tools, identify where the development of new tools may be useful, and further areas for development. This PhD would combine areas of information technology, review efficiency, data science, and workload measurement, and medical research.

  • De-implementing of low-value health care (Supervisors: Assoc Prof Rae Thomas, Assoc Prof Magnolia Cardona)

The de-implementation of ineffective and inefficient healthcare practices to improve patient health and safeguard appropriate resource allocation is a fast-evolving field of study. There is a pressing need to understand more about the use of appropriate and potentially unique approaches to tackle low-value care in clinical practice. This PhD offers an exciting opportunity for the scholar to identify the barriers and facilitators for the de-implementing of specific low-value practices, and to advance the development and piloting of de-implementation interventions. There will be a focus on patient-mediated/led de-implementation strategies. Projects will be both quantitative and qualitative and incorporate the public and healthcare professional perspective.

  • Engaging communities in health policy decision making (Supervisors: Assoc Prof Rae Thomas, Dr Anna Mae Scott)

Engaging community members in health policy decisions enhances the legitimacy and acceptability of those decisions to the public. However, methodology in this area is under-developed. This PhD will investigate existing practices for community engagement methods in health policy, develop and test quality frameworks for community engagement, and implement community engagement initiatives. These projects will involve a mix of qualitative and quantitative research designs.

  • Reducing low value care for older terminal patients: the de-medicalisation of dying (Supervisors: Assoc Prof Magnolia Cardona, Dr Paulina Stehlik)

Longer life expectancy as a result of public health initiatives and medical technological advances has brought up high societal expectation of immortality. There is some evidence that health services are admitting older patients and administering medical treatments, surgical interventions and intensive testing or monitoring to keep people alive when they have no chance of benefiting from these procedures. In some cases these practices are potentially harmful and not aligned with patients wishes, and generate unsustainable costs of care. The sub-projects in this PhD offer opportunities to develop quantitative skills in identifying, measuring and predicting who will benefit; assisting decision-making; and qualitative skills to investigate strategies that align service delivery with patient needs and preferences to reduce low-value care. The topic of the sub-projects will suit either clinicians or public health practitioners.

If you are interested in any of these, please contact the Centre Manager on cerueti@bond.edu.au.

Bond HDR scholarships

Higher degree research (HDRscholarships aim to ensure students have sufficient resources whilst studying.

Bond University is committed to providing a high level HDR experience to ensure success in students’ research and research training. The provision of appropriate financial support is an important part of the research training environment. Bond University allocates funds to support the financial costs of fee offset (waiver) and living stipends.

The HDR scholarship rounds are held twice a year:

  • 1 February – 31 March 2019
  • 1 August – 28 September 2019

For more information, please visit the Bond website.