Enhancing capability of the aged care workforce for integrated care

Enhancing capability of the aged care workforce for the right mix of integrated care in alignment to the consumer’s need.

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021


Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Sydney

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

The 2021 Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Commonwealth of Australia [COA], 2021) called for fundamental aged care reform, including an increase in skilled workers and the provision of integrated care (coordinated, safe and dignified care for an older person and his/her family to improve care outcomes).  Given the ageing population in Australia, the sector has the potential to drive significant growth in employment in Tasmania (Banks, 2018) and nationally (Council on the Ageing [COTA], 2017).

The successful candidate for this project, will aim to find ways of enhancing the capability of the aged care workforce to deliver integrated care.  S/He will undertake a critical analysis of integrated care models, combining insights from the literature with information collected through surveys and interviews.  S/he will develop a new model of integrated care that blends both tangible (e.g., functional integration) and intangible (e.g., patient’s trust towards the practitioner) aspects of integrated care (Fares et al., 2019). This is important, given evidence that current literature has not yet adequately managed to do so (Maedai & Socha-dietrichi, 2021).

Research questions that could be considered include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • What tangible and intangible aspects of integrated care are required to address the needs of people and their family when accessing aged care?
  • How do aged care organisations enhance capability of their workforce to provide the right mix of integrated care

The successful candidate will need to use mixed methods research, combining quantitative survey and qualitative interview data. Project participants will be aged care service providers, and older people and family, accessing aged care either in Tasmania or New South Wales. The project findings will offer place-based knowledge, valued by aged care organisations in the community and transferable to similar contexts nationally and internationally.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Nazlee Siddiqui


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project:

  • Applicants must have been awarded a First Class or Second Class (Uppers) Honours Degree, or a research Masters’ Degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Business, Management, Economics and Health

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Three years’ work experience in the public or private sector nationally or internationally
  • Evidence of the ability to prepare scientific research for publication in international peer-refereed journals
  • Excellent written and verbal English and scientific communication skills
  • Thesis will be undertaken by publication
  • High level interpersonal skills capable of presenting to industry groups and conducting qualitative research

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Nazlee Siddiqui, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including contact details of two referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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