Location Flinders University, Department of Rehabilitation, Aged and Extended Care
App. deadline Applications accepted year round/until filled
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Creating Agents of Change to improve dementia care

Flinders University, which was established in 1966, enjoys a well-deserved international reputation for innovation, creating Australia’s first purpose built Academic Health Science Centre at Flinders Medical Centre, for pioneering the first Graduate Entry Medical Program in Australia and now the first Medical Program delivered entirely in the Northern Territory.

The Department of Rehabilitation, Aged and Extended Care sits within the College of Medicine and Public Health. This clinical research department combines skills of a range of medical, allied health, and research staff with several NHMRC-funded projects in aged care, dementia, stroke, rehabilitation, TBI, and other areas.

The project:

‘Agents of Change’ is a new collaborative research project funded by the NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Grants and NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre.

The project aims to improve the implementation of three key recommendations from the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Dementia in Australia. This will be achieved by establishing a national quality collaborative in which health professionals across Australia are trained and supported to develop and enact an implementation plan addressing one of the recommendations.

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate to join the Agents of Change team. Under the supervision of NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellow Dr Kate Laver, the candidate will investigate methods of knowledge translation for evidence-based dementia care. You will become a leader in knowledge translation and implementation science, which are recognised as key focus areas for the future of health research.

You will receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for three years to support your work, and will work from Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, Australia.

The person:

This project is suited to students who are highly driven and have a desire to pursue a high level research career in health services research, public health, allied health, social sciences or similar. Applicants should possess an appropriate qualification for entry into the PhD training scheme (see here: https://www.flinders.edu.au/study/apply/apply-research-degree/eligibility)

Applicants should have the ability to think critically, rationally and independently. Excellent verbal and written English skills are essential, as well as the drive to lead this research-intensive PhD project. 


Dr Kate Laver at kate.laver@sa.gov.au for more information 

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Dr Kate Laver