HDR Scholarship - Applied health services research in ageing and/or aged care

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Applied health services research in ageing and/or aged care'.

Research topic

We are inviting applications from eligible individuals to undertake a PhD supported by a Faculty of Health HDR scholarship. The successful applicant will be jointly supervised by at least one supervisor from each of the Deakin Faculty of Health and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). These organisations work closely together to make a measurable difference to the lives of older people and those who care for them by improving their quality of life and health.

The research needs to align with the strategic research interests of the Faculty of Health, Deakin University and NARI, and build ageing research capacity within and across both organisations. Therefore, we are seeking applications from individuals who would like to undertake health services research in the area of ageing and/or aged care systems (e.g. models of integrated care) or services relevant to current practice, education and/or policy in ageing and aged care.

Through this PhD you will:

  • Access expertise, resources and mentorship from researchers at Deakin University and NARI.
  • Become a member of two high-quality supportive and collegiate research environments and cultures
  • Build capacity in research about ageing within and across both organisations
  • Gain complementary skills from leading national and international researchers in the field of ageing and aged care

Project aim

To undertake applied health services research in the area of ageing and/or aged care systems (e.g. models of integrated care) or services relevant to current practice, education and/or policy in one or more of the following areas:

  • Aged and health care systems evaluation
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Quality of care/quality of life and its measurement in aged care
  • Addressing the healthcare needs of older people i.e., continence care, falls and balance, pain management, dementia care
  • Aged care to support the lives of older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, their families and carers
  • An integrated aged care workforce
  • Physical activity and healthy ageing
  • Psychosocial and mental health in ageing / social isolation and loneliness
  • Knowledge translation in ageing and aged care
  • Elder abuse, ageism, stigma, dignity in care
  • Aged care consumer engagement

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,600 per annum tax exempt (2021 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic candidate currently residing in Australia. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

How to apply

HEALTH - Learn more about submitting a successful application on the How to apply page


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Alison Hutchinson or Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz

Prof Alison Hutchinson
Email Prof Alison Hutchinson
+61 3 9244 6446

Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz
Email Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz
+61 3 8387 2613