Monash University Graduate Research Industry Partnership (GRIP) with Monash Partners Health Services

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 the health service members of Monash Partners Academic Health Science 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.

GRIP Partners

The GRIP is supported by the health service members of Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre. 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.