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PhD Scholarship

Scholarship Name

NHMRC Partnership Scholarship

Project Name

NHMRC Partnership Grant: Patient-centred eHealth approach to improving outcomes for gout sufferers


Faculty of Medicine


Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, St Vincent’s Clinical School

Project Description

The Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, St Vincent’s Clinical School, UNSW Medicine and St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney focuses on promoting the safe and effective use of medicines as well as patient safety.

The position is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Institute (NHMRC) and Lexy Davies Estate Fund, for the purpose of research into arthritis, with particular attention to the study of osteoarthritis. This PhD scholarship is to support research examining methods to improve outcomes in patients with gout. The focus will be upon enhancing the use of medicines that reduce plasma uric acid safely in patients and thereby reduce the incidence of attacks of gout. The strategy for each patient will be individualised according to their characteristics and responses to urate-lowering medicines. Implementing evidence-based interventions in the community is proposed. The position is full-time for a fixed term of 3 years based at the Therapeutics centre, St. Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. The scholarship is an APA equivalent. The successful applicant may be required to undertake a criminal record check and medical checks.

The specific research topic is dependent on the applicant’s background and experience. Possible research areas include:

1.     An economic evaluation of an IT intervention

2.     Using “gamification” to improve gout management

3.     Quality of life measurements

4.     Using IT to improve allopurinol dosage choice

5.     Usability of IT interventions

6.     Adherence estimation relevant for gout management


Applicants must: be Australian citizens, or permanent residents; and have achieved honours 1 or equivalent.

Subject Areas

Pharmacy, Medicine/Medical Sciences, Health Science, Public Health, Economics, Information Technology

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

Stipend rate: approx. $26,288 per annum (2016 rate) tax exempt (indexed annually)

Duration: 3 years, commencing Semester 2 2017.


Professor Richard Day


P: +61 (0)2 8382 2331

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Applications close: TBC.


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