Stroke Research

    Exciting scholarship opportunities are available for high-achieving PhD candidates to undertake research within the Nursing Research Institute (NRI) at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). The NRI is a joint initiative between St Vincent’s Health Australia Sydney (SVHA Syd) and the ACU and undertakes a range of multidisciplinary research focused on improving the uptake of evidence into practice and improving patient care and outcomes.

    The work component of this PhD will comprise of a series of sub-studies which relate to and compliment the ongoing inter-state T3 Trial: Triage, Treatment and Transfer of patients with stroke in Emergency Departments (ED). More specifically, the aim of the PhD research will be to identify contextual factors associated with the successful uptake of three clinical care protocols to manage fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing (the FeSS protocols) implemented as part of the T3 trial in ED.

    Full time scholars will be based full-time at the NRI at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney for the duration of the 3-year scholarship, dependent on satisfactory annual progress reviews. Appointments must commence within six months of receipt of formal letter of offer, unless otherwise approved.

    Living allowance of $31,766 pa (tax free stipend) for 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress.


    • Degree in relevant health related field
    • Masters qualification or relevant research experience
    • Completed a substantial research project in your previous degree (desirable)


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    The NRI offers a collaborative, multidisciplinary and strong research environment uniquely set within one of Australia’s leading medical, surgical and research Hospital


    On-site committed supervision/supervisory team. There are opportunities for international networking via our existing collaborations and conference attendance.

    Work programme: Proposed PhD programmes have already been established which have links to ongoing world-class research. The PhD aims at developing highly skilled and independent researchers.

    Research training:

    Access to a highly supportive PhD academic training programme with the ACU. Opportunities to attend external professional training will also be provided as appropriate.

    Opportunities beyond this scholarship:

    It is expected at the completion of the PhD that the individual will be considered highly competitive for future Post-Doctoral Fellowships.

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