Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP)

Scholarships

Current scholarship opportunities - applications open

Using injury surveillance data systems to drive prevention

The UPLOADS Project, using injury surveillance data systems to drive prevention. ACRISP at Federation University Australia has a domestic PhD scholarship available in injury epidemiology. For more information on this scholarship, click here.

Safety and emergency management in community sport scholarship

The project: As part of its commitment to making sport more inclusive and accessible to all, the Victorian Government has committed to a state-wide Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program. This PhD project will be aligned to a program of work aimed at analysing and informing the implementation, impact and sustainability of this program in community sport across Victoria. The project will also explore the delivery of other emergency medical management programs in community sport.

For more information on this scholarship, click here.

Using insurance claims for injury surveillance in community cricket

The project: Preventing cricket injuries requires in-depth understanding of the most common types of injuries that occur, as well as the factors that contribute to their occurrence. This PhD project has two main aims: 1) to provide an in-depth analysis of Australia-wide cricket injury insurance claims data to identify priorities and targets for preventive action by Cricket Australia; and 2) to undertake an in-depth review of the injury coding, classification and reporting processes inherent in the insurance claims database maintained by JLT Sport so as to provide guidance on future refinements to enhance its use for injury prevention, especially in cricket. This will involve methodological comparisons of the insurance claims system against sports injury surveillance systems worldwide, especially those used in cricket.

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RPA Scholarships - applications now closed

Federation University Australia are currently offering a number of additional scholarships in their research priority areas. The projects which involve working with the ACRISP team, including potential PhD topics and supervisors, as well as the application process can be found below.

Scholarship value: $30,000 per annum, with an additional $2,000 candidature support per annum.

Applications close: 11 November 2016.

For more information on how to apply, contact research.degrees@federation.edu.au

Injury prevention for active populations

Injury epidemiology

Proposed topic area: Catastrophic injury surveillance in Australian sport

This project is associated with the Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (federation.edu.au/acrisp), which is one of only nine worldwide to be recognised by the International Olympic Committee as a Centre of Research Excellence into Injury Prevention and the Promotion of Health in Athletes. While deaths are considered to be rare in sport, information and specific fatality rates for different sports and settings in Australia are limited because of a lack of robust data. Understanding the people/sports that are most at risk and the leading causes of deaths in sporting environments is a crucial first step toward implementing appropriate emergency management plans for the prevention of fatalities. The aim of this project is to develop and trial a minimum data set for a standardised, national approach to data collection for fatal incident reporting in Australian sport.

Principal supervisor: Dr Lauren Fortington; Associate supervisor: Prof Caroline Finch.

Implementation

Proposed topic area: Community sports safety – implementation of policy and procedures for emergency management.

This project is associated with the Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (federation.edu.au/acrisp), which is one of only nine worldwide to be recognised by the International Olympic Committee as a Centre of Research Excellence into Injury Prevention and the Promotion of Health in Athletes. This research project is aimed at improving the awareness, understanding and management of medical emergencies in community sport. The project will begin with an investigation of the Victorian Government Department of Health & Human Services (Sport and Recreation Victoria), automatic defibrillator program. The initial aim is to explore, using a mixed-methods approach, the implementation and maintenance from program participants toward intended emergency medical management, specifically in relation to cardiac preparedness. Following this, the PhD project will address broader issues of medical emergency prevention and management within the community sports setting extending to issues of significant trauma (e.g., head injury, spinal injury), environmental risk (e.g. heat illness, lightning strikes), asthma management, and other major/catastrophic health problems.

Principal supervisor: Dr Lauren Fortington; Associate supervisor: Prof Caroline Finch

Aquatic sports tourism injury and illness profiles

Topic: Based in the Federation Business School, the topic investigates and compares injury profiles and health outcomes for tourists using selected aquatic locations. The student will collect and analyse primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative data to identify injury and/ or illness risk factors to inform safety management practices through assessments of current risk prevention measures.

Supervision: Dr Damian Morgan (Principal), Prof Caroline Finch (Associate).