PhD Scholarship, Implementing Change in Rehabilitation Service

Gold Coast, Australia
22 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About Griffith University

At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable.

We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide and we're proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

About the Hopkins Centre

The time is right for the Hopkins Centre with the World Health Organisation demanding urgent action to lift rehabilitation services globally to not only improve patient's lives, but to save money. This international call to action is focused on scaling up rehabilitation to achieve value for money. Our governments are also focussed on scalability and efficiency prioritising the need for the quantification of ideas, access to linked and interdependent data and evidence to ensure robust decision are made. The National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland (NIISQ) and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are also key drivers of Hopkins strategic research agenda in Queensland. The Hopkins Centre is leading a number of substantive longitudinal studies that will help address long term and complex challenges posed by these substantive reforms.

The opportunity

Create and lead your own unique research project in the area of change in rehabilitation service systems. With this PhD scholarship, you can focus on any aspect of implementation, including theoretical approaches, change management, complex systems thinking, learning organisations, transformational leadership and person centred care and/ or family centred care. Projects must commence in 2019.

Managing change in complex health systems is an area where you have the ability to improve the quality of care for people across Australia and the world who require multiple types of support following catastrophic injury (e.g. spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, persistent pain).

New opportunities and technologies exist to create meaningful change for people living in regional and rural areas as well as for disadvantaged groups.

Research discovery through your PhD will open doors to other professional opportunities due to local, national and international demands to support the implementation and sustainability of change, and to lift rehabilitation services, and bring credible evidence to better rehabilitation outcomes.

Research will be wasted if not understood, shared and translated. In order to link you with centres for broadening your research impact, you can be situated with the Division of Rehabilitation, Metro South Health and Hospital Service, or another health service location. The Hopkins Centre approach is an embedded model that promotes continuous positive relationships and interactions between clinicians, researchers and other key end-users of research; building the credibility of an engaged scholarship with the transfer of knowledge needed to benefit people seeking rehabilitation.

About you

This scholarship will suit health professionals from multiple disciplines and with a strong interest in advancing knowledge and practice in implementing change within rehabilitation services. The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of the strength of academic performance and compatibility of research expertise and proposed topic with the research area.

  • This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program
  • New candidates may apply

About the scholarship

The scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of three years full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

What we offer

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 3% worldwide and spans across five campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we've worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our HDR candidates and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information

For project related enquiries please contact:

A/Prof. Carolyn Ehrlich


For administration enquiries please contact:

Griffith Graduate Research School Phone: (07) 3735 3817


How to submit an EOI

Please do not select the "APPLY" button. All applications must be submitted as set out below:

Interested applicants should submit and expression of interest (EOI) to Associate Professor Carolyn Ehrlich ( containing:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
  • A brief CV
  • Research proposal
  • Two references

If your expression of interest is successful, you will be invited to submit a full application.

Closing date: EOIs should be submitted by 11.59 pm (AEST) on Friday, 1 March 2019.