PhD Opportunity

PhD Opportunity: Improving the delivery of healthcare in general practice

Government, non-government and professional agencies constantly call for change and improvement in how healthcare is delivered. This PhD is for someone who sees themselves making a real difference to health outcomes. The candidate will learn and develop the field of knowledge translation and improve professional behaviour change, setting themselves up for either a future in academia or in policy or practice settings.

This PhD scholarship will be hosted by the Implementing work-related Mental health guidelines in general PRacticE (IMPRovE) trial. IMPRovE is funded by an NHMRC Partnership Grant in partnership Beyond Blue and with Commonwealth and state-based compensation schemes from across Australia. Our key objectives are to increase the delivery of evidence-based general practice care for patients, assess the cost-effectiveness of our intervention and plan for national scale-up. Components of the intervention include academic detailing, peer-to-peer support through a digital Community of Practice and the provision of resources.

As the PhD candidate, you will develop and use implementation skills and theory to evaluate the IMPRovE guideline implementation intervention. Specifically, under guidance, you will characterise the aspects of the intervention and our partnership approach that are likely to lead to ongoing successful guideline-informed care in general practice, and to characterise aspects that may hinder success. Throughout your PhD, you will work closely with the IMPRovE Executive Team, Steering Group and Implementation Team; comprising clinicians, researchers, and our high level policy and practice partners from across the country.

Capacity building incentives

As a core member of the IMPRovE trial, you will build skills in partnership engagement in readiness for future research or industry collaborations. We also strive to create an enriching and supportive environment for our students. A candidate who is enrolled through Monash will be allocated an annual travel allowance, professional development allowance and publication allowance. In addition, you will be eligible for further funding opportunities that are offered through Monash University and be invited to engage regularly with early-career, mid-career and senior researchers through established groups and committees.

Candidate requirements

1. Successful applicants will have an excellent academic track record in primary care, public health, implementation science or compensable injury in the Australian setting, with an Honours or Master’s degree with H1 or equivalent.

2. A strong interest in implementation science, with primary care or public health experience in the Australian context.

3. Fulfil the admission criteria for PhD enrolment at Monash University.

To apply, please contact Dr Samantha Chakraborty at and ensure you include with your application:

  • A cover letter
  • Detailed curriculum vitae *
  • Academic transcript(s)

Enquiries For more details about the project, please contact: Professor Danielle Mazza, Chief Investigator +61 3 99024496 or Dr Samantha Chakraborty, Research Fellow +61 3 99029698

Essential criteria:

Minimum entry requirements can be found here.