The University of Queensland offers an MPhil scholarship to perform research in diabetes care delivery in the 2020/21 academic session.

This MPhil project is addressing the need to review diabetes models of care in light of the number of people with diabetes not achieving recommended targets (50%), workforce shortage and increasing prevalence of diabetes. To manage this increasing burden, empowering people with diabetes to better self-manage their condition, will reduce the risk of complications and future preventable utilization of healthcare resources. For better-educating patients and sustaining their self-management, we have developed, based on digital health principles, and innovative Mobile-based Diabetes Management System.

The proof-of-concept, feasibility and pilot trials of the Mobile Diabetes Management System (MDMS) that we have completed have demonstrated a significant improvement in blood glucose levels, a high degree of consumer satisfaction and a good proportion of conventional in-person visits being substituted in a tertiary diabetes service at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. They plan to trial this system in multiple care settings: different hospital settings, community centres and regional areas – the latter being the focus of this scholarship. This research has the potential to significantly impact on health service delivery for people with diabetes by redesigning clinical care around patient need rather than conventional health service workflow. As artificial intelligence develops, we envisage a mobile App that provides actionable insights to the patients – a ‘personalised digital coach’, which the patients can modify to suit their personal needs. This will help deliver truly person-centred care while concurrently reducing the burden on healthcare utilisation.

Currently, a series of projects are underway or in the planning stage. If the candidate chooses to, there is scope for upgrading the MPhil to PhD by associating with these projects that include a project on diabetes stakeholder perspectives to better integrate diabetes care, MDMS implementation trial in specialist care settings and telediabetes care.

Worth of Award

The worth includes;

  • $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually.
  • A top-up of $2,500 per annum will be provided.
  • It might be possible, depending on eligibility, to apply for further top-up scholarships.

Eligibility

To meet the Graduate School admissions requirements for an MPhil, applicants must provide evidence of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree with honours class IIB or better from approved universities, which includes relevant experience; or
  • A postgraduate degree of at least one-year full-time equivalent and an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.0 on the 7-point UQ scale, which includes relevant experience; or
  • A bachelor’s degree plus at least two years of documented relevant experience; or
  • Evidence of other qualifications and/or experience to satisfy the Dean that the applicant is suitably qualified for admission
  • Applicants with overseas qualifications should refer to the GPA equivalency table.
  • English language proficiency requirements.
  • The completed degree must be in an area that is relevant to the intended MPhil, including sufficient specialization such that the applicant will have already developed an understanding and appreciation of a body of knowledge relevant to the intended MPhil.
  • The applicant’s degree and/or professional experience must demonstrate that the applicant’s knowledge of the discipline in which they plan to undertake their MPhil is current.
  • It is therefore expected that an applicant will have completed their tertiary studies and/or any relevant professional experience in the ten years immediately prior to their intended entry to the MPhil.

How to Apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of their page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

  • check your eligibility
  • prepare your documentation
  • contact Dr Anish Menon ([email protected]) to discuss your suitability for this scholarship

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  • Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  • Select ‘I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship’.
  • Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘DIABETES‘ in the ‘Name of scholarship’ field.

Please also note that you should enter Associate Professor Anthony Russell as your supervisor.

Deadline: applications must be submitted on or before March 8th, 2020.

 

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