Applications open: 10/03/2023
Applications close: 31/03/2023
About this scholarship
Project Title: Suicide is largely preventable and we can do better. How do we improve service-wide clinical care and save Western Australian lives?
Because suicide is connected to local, historical, and relational contexts, effective strategies must balance evidence-based practices with the unique needs of diverse communities.
Broadly, practices in WA do not reflect effective approaches to care. In EMHS reviews, systemic issues around knowledge, culture, and adherence to internal policy have been identified as systemic factors inhibiting efforts to improve consumer care.
By auditing practices, engaging with community stakeholders, accessing the expertise of consumers, carers, and clinicians, and measuring culture this project will develop a co-designed framework to drive urgently needed systemic improvements to the assessment and care of suicidal consumers.
- Systematically review change to suicide care in other health settings.
- Audit records to baseline clinical practice.
- Evaluate EMHS suicide-related education.
- Explore internal reviews related to mental health patient care.
- Qualitative exploration of the culture of suicide care, accessing the knowledge and experiences of clinicians, consumers, carers and key stakeholders with a focus on factors which may promote or impede improvements.
- Synthesize the assembled data to develop, implement, and evaluate a co-designed practice reform program to promote improved care.
From Jan-Nov 2022, RPH ED had 1224 suicide-related attendances; 165 patients attended more than once, and the 8 individuals who attended most often accounted for 72 presentations.
An example of a simple, proven intervention in ED settings is safety planning - which resulted in a 60% reduction in suicide behaviour over the subsequent six months.
Effective suicide prevention strategies are widely regarded as cost-effective as they promote recovery and reduce mortality. By measuring local factors which will drive or inhibit change, we can identify how to embed a range of effective practices which will promote consumer recovery across EMHS.
- Future Students
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Higher Degree by Research
- Australian Citizen
- Australian Permanent Resident
- New Zealand Citizen
- Permanent Humanitarian Visa
- Merit Based
This scholarship provides a living stipend of up to $315,000 over 3 to 6 years
Full time scholarships will be paid the total stipend over a maximum period of 2 years (if Masters) or 3 years (if PhD); and part-time scholarships will be the total stipend over a maximum period of 4 years (if Masters) or 6 years (if PhD).
For detailed information, applicants are encouraged to refer to page 6 of the CRT guidelines and conditions
PhD applicants seeking to study allied health, Emergency Medicine
• be employed at the HSP/PPPP at time of application in a clinical discipline eg pre-consultant (medical), allied health or nursing and midwifery), and once enrolled in the program be maintained in HSP/PPPP# employment at a maximum of 0.5FTE (part time) or 0.2FTE (full time study) in a position undertaking clinical duties* Adjustments to these requirements are possible for applicants with caring responsibilities.
• meet the host university’s admission requirements for the PhD, including prior research experience
• be able to commence the scholarship within one year of execution of the funding agreement.
The following high-level selection principles are applicable to all applicants:
• Appropriate educational/research/career background within the field of the HDR project including technical skills and research-related knowledge.
• Demonstrated commitment and expertise for a clinical career.
• Demonstrated commitment, expertise and motivation for a clinical research career.
• Demonstrated commitment to and suitability for the HDR Project.
• Appropriate organisational skills and personal attributes.
• After assessment of merit, consideration of capacity to contribute diversity to the clinical research environment.
International candidates are eligible to apply but should contact the potential host university and HSP/PPPP to determine if their application can be supported within relevant university international scholarship caps and eligibility and visa limitations.
* Clinical duties are activities directly related to individual patient care, as distinguished from administrative, research or academic activities.
# HSPs include Child and Adolescent Health Service, East Metropolitan Health Service, North Metropolitan Health Service, PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, South Metropolitan Health Service & WA Country Health Service. PPPPs include Ramsay Health Care (covering Joondalup Health Campus & Peel Health Campus) & St John of God (Midland Public Hospital).
Process and timeline:
Recipients will be required to meet established university milestones in line with university policy and procedures. An annual progress report confirming that the student is making satisfactory progress against milestones must be provided to the Office of Medical Research and Innovation (OMRI) with any relevant reports or publications attached.
For detailed information, applicants are encouraged to refer to the CRT guidelines and conditions
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