South Western Sydney Clinical School

SPHERE PhD Scholarship

Implementing the Osteoporosis Re-Fracture Prevention Model of Care: hybrid type 3 non-randomised stepped-wedge effectiveness implementation study

Applications close: 28 November 2018

SPHERE (The Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise) is an academic health science partnership bringing together universities, health services and medical research institutes to foster excellence in clinical research leadership and multidisciplinary patient-centred care. A SPHERE Clinical Academic Group – STREAM Health (Sydney Translational Research and Education Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health) invites applications from talented and highly motivated graduates to undertake a PhD in the field of Implementation of Osteoporosis Re-fracture Prevention (ORP) Model of Care (MoC).

The PhD position will focus on using implementation science to improve the delivery of ORP clinics into hospitals in NSW, Australia, to improve outcomes for people who have suffered a minimal trauma fracture. This type of research has yet to take place in osteoporosis in Australia.

A tax-free stipend of $30,000 per annum for 3 years and a funded place in the doctoral degree will be provided for the successful candidate.

The successful applicant will work with supervisors from the STREAM Health team (Prof Jacqueline Center, A/Prof Elizabeth Mcinnes, Dr Geraldine Hassett, Dr Steven Frost) and will be based at St Vincent's Hospital/Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Liverpool Hospital/Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research in NSW.

A unique aspect of this PhD is the ability to collaborate with a broad range of academic and clinical professionals across STREAM Health and develop expertise in osteoporosis, implementation science and delivery of models of care into health care systems.

Essential Criteria

  • The successful project will be administered by the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales.
  • Applicants should hold a First-Class Honours degree, other research experience, or qualifications in the fields of allied health, nursing, medicine or public health.
  • It is important to have an excellent academic track record, be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.
  • Previous research or clinical experience in osteoporosis, quality improvement, health service delivery or implementation science is highly desirable.

All students receive:

  • Support for conference attendance, all costs relating to project work and additional costs as appropriate.
  • Access to exceptional mentoring and collaboration opportunities, and an outstanding clinical research environment through STREAM Health. 


A tax-free stipend of $30, 000 per annum for up to 3 years and a funded place in the doctoral degree (domestic or international students). PhD commencement date: As soon as practical.

The Next Step?

Email a short covering letter, your CV and academic transcript to Dr Geraldine Hassett  at Those deemed eligible will be contacted to discuss your career goals and research interests.

Applications close: 28 November 2018

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