HDR Scholarship - Engaging with electronic medical records

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Engaging with electronic medical records.'.


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

Focus will be on how communication occurs in patients with complex needs, including those of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, or who have multiple chronic conditions, or who take many medicines. A reflexive ethnographic design with experience-based co-design will be used. The project will be undertaken at The Alfred and Caulfield Hospital.

Project aim

The aims of this project are to examine how hospitalised patients with complex care needs and their families communicate with health professionals in using electronic medical records (EMRs) across transitions of care, and to facilitate shared engagement in using the EMR.

The project will involve the conduct of semi-structured interviews and observations about patterns of communication in the presence of EMRs. Feedback events and co-design groups to facilitate tailored engagement strategies to be developed with patients, their families, and health professionals. In Phase Four, feasibility and acceptability testing will occur of strategies, which will be evaluated to determine their effects on patient and family engagement. Expected outcomes are understanding and changing the dynamics of health care communication with EMRs.

The student will work with an accomplished team in undertaking this thesis, and will gain excellent skills in research methodology, thesis and journal writing techniques, and dissemination of findings to key stakeholders.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, 31 March 2023


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $30,000 per annum tax exempt (2023 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate. 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.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Previous experience with working in Australian hospitals as a health professional or conducting research in Australian hospitals

How to apply

Please apply using the Find a Research Supervisor tool


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Professor Elizabeth Manias or Alfred Deakin Professor Tracey Bucknall

Professor Elizabeth Manias
Email Professor Elizabeth Manias
+61 3 9244 6958

Alfred Deakin Professor Tracey Bucknall
Email Alfred Deakin Professor Tracey Bucknall
+61 3 9244 6529