Models for hospital patient flow

Models for hospital patient flow: Decision-making in a challenging environment

Degree type


Closing date

22 November 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

A PhD student involved in this project will be part of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, computer scientists and mathematicians, working together on a range of stochastic models for patient flow and algorithms for the optimal patient care journey.

This project aims to develop a better understanding of the practicalities of the real issues facing the managers of healthcare systems, which will lead to improved models and algorithms for patient flow. We anticipate practical outcomes in the form of better understanding of policies and rules of thumb that could be applied to improve the bed block and ambulance ramping issues at the regional hospitals. We will collaborate with the Tasmanian Department of Health and hospitals in Tasmania on this applications-driven project. Our overarching goal is a decision-support digital tool for patient-flow managers, to optimise the patient journey, contributing to patient safety and quality of care.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Malgorzata O'Reilly


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:

  • Mathematics or related discipline.

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:

  • Strong research and analytical skills in mathematics.
  • Knowledge and skills in applied probability, operations research, and statistics.
  • Knowledge and skills in developing algorithms, simulations and coding.

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, A/Prof Małgorzata O'Reilly, 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.

Apply now Explore other projects

Why the University of Tasmania?

Worldwide reputation for research excellence

Quality supervision and support

Tasmania offers a unique study lifestyle experience