Monash University–Monash Partners Graduate Research Industry Partnership (GRIP)

Developing the Workforce for the Future

Monash University’s innovative GRIP program brings talented PhD candidates together with industry professionals to solve real world problems. Experts from Monash University's Faculties of Information Technology and Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Monash Business School will support PhD students throughout their GRIP journey.

Partner Faculties

Monash GRIP students will be enrolled in one of three participating Faculties depending on their existing qualifications and disciplinary background. More information on research and being a doctoral student in each Faculty can be found on the participating Faculty websites:

The Digital and Data-Driven Innovation in Healthcare GRIP

The Digital and Data-Driven Innovation in Healthcare GRIP, a partnership between Monash University and Monash Partners Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre, will support up to 15 PhD students who will be addressing healthcare problems through digital and data-driven innovations and building their skills as the next generation workforce in this field.

To submit an expression of interest, please download and complete the EOI form below and email it to Professor Helen Skouteris by Friday 8th February, 2019.

GRIP Partners

The GRIP is supported by the Monash Partners Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre that connects researchers, clinicians and the community to innovate for better health. The Monash Partners Health Services associated with this GRIP and the contact person include:

Alfred Health
Ann Larkins
Cabrini Health Australia
Professor Leanne Boyd
Eastern Health
Dr Jeffrey Kirwan
Epworth Health Care
Professor Nik Zeps
Monash Health
Professor Ewin Loh
Peninsula Health
Professor Velandai Srikanth

Academic Leadership Team

The PhD students will be supported throughout their GRIP journey by clinicians and PhD topic experts, including translational and healthcare improvement science, health informatics and entrepreneurial and business management knowledge across the partner organisations as well as leading researchers from the Faculties of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Business and Economics, Information Technology, and the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI).

Co-Directors of the GRIP are Professor Helena Teede and Professor Ian McLoughlin.

Professor Helena Teede
Professor Ian McLoughlin
Business and Economics

Other academic leads include:

Chris Bain

Information Technology
Frada Burstein

Information Technology
Jim Buttery

Dr Tracy Robinson
Helen Skouteris

Amrik Sohal

Business and Economics

Additional supervisors will be sought for content expertise as the need arises.

PhD Research Themes

A critical aspect of the GRIP will be collective and collaborative impact, whereby researchers, clinicians, students and the community work together to address healthcare problems across the following themes:

Theme 1: Health Data Systems

Digital innovation in systems to harmonise, link and deploy data and predictive data analytics offering, for example, benefits in terms of reducing hospital and health system costs by providing more secure means of data exchange whilst improving healthcare outcomes.

Theme 2: Digitally Enabled Health Service Delivery

Use of data to integrate care services and pathways and provide better co-ordination of care delivery and patient experience, offering for example cost and patient experience benefits in the management of chronic medical conditions involving multiple care pathways.

Theme 3: Digitalised Health Products and Processes

Use of smart connected MedTech products capable of generating data to drive more effective procurement systems, track health assets and reduce waste in processes offering, for example, operating cost benefits, improved patient experience and outcomes, and reduced medical errors and variation.

Theme 4: Digital Capacity and Capability Building

Identification through cross-cutting research of a generic framework of requirements for supporting ‘digital health champions’ in terms of organisational and sector level capabilities.

Partner Projects

The following projects have been co-developed with our health services partners:

Project 1: Lead Partners – Eastern Health, Peninsula Health

Using real-time analytics and ‘digital dashboards’ to monitor patient flow through the hospital from admission to discharge.

Project 2: Lead Partner – Cabrini Health

Improving patient safety and cost-cost-effectiveness through more effective scheduling, tracking and procurement of key resources and assets using barcodes/RFID and other emerging technologies.

Project 3: Lead Partner – Cabrini Health

Using Big Data/predictive analytics to identify and assess key clinical risk areas (eg. pressure sores; delirium; behaviours of concern; falls; medication errors; physiological and mental deterioration; heart failure).

Project 4: Lead Partner – Eastern Health

The use of Big Data/predictive analytics to identify and assess key clinical risk areas (eg. pressure sores; delirium; behaviours of concern; falls; medication errors; physiological and mental deterioration; heart failure).

Project 5: Lead Partners – Monash Health, Epworth Health (TBC)

Developing online tools to facilitate better communication with patients and carers concerning quality and outcomes of care (eg. data analytics to capture patient experience and provide real-time feedback; dealing with consumer complaints and adverse events).

Project 6: Lead Partner – Alfred Health (*student allocated)

The use of natural language processing and AI to present data in more effective and meaningful ways to clinicians and managers.

Project 7: Lead Partner – Eastern Health

Using digital tools (eg. tele-presence and augmented reality applications) to monitor patients and analyse key clinical observations

Project 8: Lead Partner – Peninsula Health

Using predictive alerts in aged care and rehabilitation to prevent adverse events.

Project 9: Lead Partner – Monash Health

Optimisation of clinical use of Electronic Medical Records.

Project 10: Lead Partner – Peninsula Health

Leveraging Electronic Medical Record data by linking to other health service data sets.

Project 11: Lead Partner – Cabrini Health

Using digital technologies to customise patient education in diverse demographic and cultural settings (eg. using on-line educational material) to improve outcomes (eg. reduce re-admission rates).

Project 12: Lead Partner – Monash Health (*student allocated)

Using state-wide data linkage to improve women’s health during pregnancy.

Project 13: Lead Partner – Alfred Health

Developing audit, governance and evaluation frameworks that enable, support and demonstrate the impact of digital and data drive innovation (eg. establishing patient trust and consent; audits of EMR data provenance for clinicians; evaluation of electronic care plans).