Reducing health service use in frequent hospital users

Right care, right time, right place: intensive primary care to reduce health service use in frequent hospital users in Northern Tasmania

Degree type


Closing date

30 August 2021


Hobart, Launceston

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

Primary Health Tasmania is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation working to connect care and keep Tasmanians well and out of hospital. It is one of 31 similar organisations under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks (PHN) Program. Primary Health Tasmania is implementing a large-scale project called the Complex Chronic Care project to develop and implement a model of care aiming to improve care for people with chronic diseases who have frequent hospital admissions in order to reduce their need for admissions and use of emergency department services and improve health outcomes.The model is being codesigned with a broad range of stakeholders including patients and consumers. The project will use quantitative and qualitative methods for its evaluation. The codesign process will be iterative and ongoing and the evaluation will cover the range of aspects included in the RE-AIM and Quadruple Aim evaluation frameworks.

The selected candidate will have opportunities to participate in both the codesign and evaluation. They will receive experience in a wide range of possible areas, including translational research, health services redesign and codesign, health economics, process evaluation, data linkage, qualitative methods, survey design and implementation and biostatistics.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Tania Winzenberg


The scholarship supporting this project 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 fee scholarship for up to 4 years (successful domestic applicants will be awarded an RTP Fees Offset and successful international applicants will be awarded a University of Tasmania Fees Offset)

The scholarship supporting this project is funded by the University of Tasmania and the Australian Government through the Research Training Program.


The project is open to domestic (Australia 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 PhD minimum entry requirements.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Medicine, allied health, nursing, social work, health services

Selection Criteria

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

Additional selection criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Understanding of the Australian health system, in particular primary care

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof Tania Winzenberg, 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 2 x 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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