Wound management and aged care

Enhancing the practices of aged care nurses involved in wound care within residential aged care facilities

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

It is widely acknowledged that chronic wounds are a hidden epidemic and represent a significant health and economic burden and are not well recognised and remain an underfunded public health issue. The Australian Medical Association estimates that the cost of hospital admissions due to chronic wounds in 2019-20 alone was $352 million, with procedures performed on chronic wounds costing $115.7 million.

Current research states that evidenced based wound management is critical to reducing the burden of chronic wounds on patients, their families, and the healthcare system. However, there remains several barriers to providing evidence based wound management in residential aged care services related to funding, knowledge and skills of staff and consistency in the application of wound care practices.

This practice development project will employ mixed methods approach. The initial phase of this study will involve baseline data collection to ascertain aged care nurses’ current practice, knowledge, skills and confidence in wound management. Subsequent phases of the study will focus on implementation of a program to improve wound management practice in residential aged care facilities.

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.


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

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

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, Dr Rachel Kornhaber 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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