Project 1:

Is primary care in Australia as good as it can be? An international comparison

Leon Piterman, AM PhD scholarship in primary health care, supported by the Monash University Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences at the Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit (SAPCRU), Monash University

The project will interface directly with research stream 1 of the IMPACT program which aims to identify organisational, system level CBPHC innovations designed to improve access to appropriate care for vulnerable populations and establish the effectiveness and scalability of the most promising innovations.

The successful student will work with an international team examining important and unique international databases. These represent grouped results from the Commonwealth Fund international health policy survey ( and the Quality and Costs in Primary Care survey (QUALICOPC Each survey aims to analyse and compare primary health care systems in different nations.

Under the guidance of international experts, the student working on this project will work with the data to answer questions related to our key objective: “Which health systems have better access than others and which population groups are receiving better access to health care than others? The outcomes of this project will help to inform the design of the interventions that will subsequently be trialled within the IMPACT program.

Through this project you will receive exposure to international health systems through participation in meetings with health experts in the Canadian and Australian health systems.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Grant Russell (Principal Supervisory). A second Monash University academic with relevant expertise will be identified to act as secondary supervisor. External co-supervision is also possible.

The project will be undertaken within the Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit within the School of Primary Health Care (Dandenong).

We welcome applications from high calibre candidates with diverse backgrounds including (but not limited to) medicine, primary care, nursing, public health and management.

A three year stipend is available to support the successful candidate. The stipend is a Monash University Scholarship and will be paid at the APA equivalent rate (2014 = $25,392 Full-time APA stipend rate). The stipend is tax-free.

Australian citizens and permanent residents are exempt from University student fees while international students need to provide evidence on how the fees will be managed when applying for the position.

To apply candidates must submit a cover letter, CV and academic transcript.

For further enquiries or to submit your application please contact:
Professor Grant Russell +61 3 9902 4509 or
Dr Samantha Chakraborty +61 3 9902 9698 or