Public health approaches to Ambulance Tas data

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

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

18 July 2022

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

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

Funding

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 $28,854 per annum (2022 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.

Eligibility

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 your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, A/Prof Dale Edwards to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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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