The University of New Castle in Australia is inviting applications for the PhD Scholarship in Preventing Pressure Injury Through Skin Protection Strategies in 2020.
The objective of this project is to explore the use of barrier products for skin protection in hospitalized patients and or residents of aged care facilities. Each year, patients in Australian hospitals and residents of aged care facilities experience a large number of pressure injuries and moisture associated skin damage (MASD).
These injuries impact patients’/residents’ quality of life as well as having an impact on healthcare services through longer hospitalization and additional care requirements. Prevention of pressure injuries and MASD is, therefore, an important challenge and opportunity, to improve the quality of care. One element of injury prevention includes skin protection strategies.
Worth of Award
The scholarship covers;
- $27,596 per annum (2019 rate) indexed annually.
- For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.
- Scholarships also include up to $1,500 relocation allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover at a single rate, for an international candidate.
Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for admission Potential candidates are asked to;
- Address the following selection criteria in the application cover letter, including evidence of their experience and skills:
- Clinical healthcare experience in the area of wound management wound healing, tissue viability, continence care or wound care or infection prevention and control.
- A consistent history of high academic achievement
- Exceptional written and spoken English skills (as outlined in the University’s eligibility criteria)
- Write a one-page proposal which includes references;
- summarising the current strategies used to prevent pressure injuries or MASD (1/3 page)
- proposing your ideas for a research project in this area (2/3 page
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit the required documents;
- A cover letter expressing their interest and response to the selection criteria. The cover letter should be approximately one page in length and must not exceed two pages.
- One page proposal
- Scanned copies of their academic transcripts
- The documents should be submitted to Professor Brett Mitchell via email ([email protected]) by the deadline.
- Ideally, this should be submitted as a one combined PDF document.
Deadline: Application closes January 10, 2020