Carers managing wounds of the frail

Empowering family and carers in wound care practices of the frail and older people living in the community

Degree type

PhD, Masters by research

Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

Current evidence suggests that family/informal caregivers have a role in wound management for older people living in the community.

Informal caregivers face complex challenges concerning the provision of wound care in the home setting related to knowledge, skills and emotional impacts.  While community based wound care practitioners play a vital role in supporting caregivers', there is currently a lack of research into the experiences, skills and knowledge of informal caregivers about wound care.

This project will employ a mixed methods approach. The initial phase of this study will involve baseline data collection to ascertain caregivers’ knowledge, skills, and confidence in wound care as well as their ‘lived experiences’ of managing complex wounds in the home setting. Subsequent phases of the study will focus on building caregiver capacity to manage complex wounds in the homecare setting.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Rachel Kornhaber


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 $31,500 per annum (2023 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.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applications are open to both domestic and international applicants from a nursing discipline
  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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:

  • IELTS of 7 across all bands (writing, reading, speaking & listening)

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • The applicant is a Registered Nurse and has experience in aged care services

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Rachel Kornhaber to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • 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.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the 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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