Public health approaches to Ambulance Tas data

Using data and evidence to inform public health approaches within Ambulance Tasmania

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Ambulance Tasmania provides emergency and non-emergency services to people requiring medical assistance and/or transportation.  Demand for ambulance services is growing at an unsustainable rate. The utilisation of ambulance services grew 14 times faster than Tasmania’s population from 2003 to 2017.

Using data and evidence to inform public health approaches within Ambulance Tasmania could lead to improved population health outcomes, tackle inequities, and challenge the demands placed on the ambulance service and wider health services by preventable causes.

This interdisciplinary project will use data collected by Ambulance Tasmania to evaluate the outcomes of calls to their service.  The project will analyse the data collected from time of first call to Ambulance Tasmania through to the patient’s final outcome, and will explore outcomes and potential inequities associated with demographic profiles, including location of patient.  This project will also explore the utility of extended care practitioners in alleviating the need to transfer patients to hospitals.

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 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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