Evaluating a Mental Health Co-Responder Program

Evaluating a Mental Health Co-Responder Program in Southern Tasmania

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

People experiencing an acute mental health crisis often rely on ambulance and emergency department services as their primary point of access for health services. Recent years have seen substantial growth in ambulance service workloads, approximately 10% of which are mental health emergencies.  People seeking assistance for crisis situations can often face significant wait times due to service demands.  To address these delays and improve access to services, a pilot Mental Health Co-Responder Program is being implemented in Southern Tasmania, operated jointly by Tasmanian Mental Health Services, Ambulance Tasmania and Tasmania Police.

In this project you will work with leading scholars in Paramedicine, Policing and Psychology to evaluate the impact of this pilot project.  You will have access to data from the key service providers from which you will develop an understanding of the demand for services, characteristics of service delivery and patient outcomes.  You will have the opportunity from this data to develop recommendations for program review and improvement throughout and beyond its pilot stage.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Dale Edwards


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.

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:

  • Capacity and willing ness to work closely and respectfully with police and other emergency services personnel

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • High level data analysis skills

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, A/Prof Dale Edwards, 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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