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

Using insurance claims for injury surveillance in community cricket

Duration: 3-years

Stipend : $26,688 per annum, and a $10k pa top-up for Ballarat-based students. Relocation to Ballarat costs also covered.

Supervision: You will be supervised by a team led by Professor Caroline Finch (Director, ACRISP) and Dr Alex Kountouris (Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager, Cricket Australia). You will be enrolled in the Faculty of Health at FedUni.

Location: Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Victoria.

How to apply: Information on how to apply for a scholarship at Federation University Australia can be found at: http://federation.edu.au/research/research-degrees/apply. Enquiries should be directed to Dr Lauren Fortington at l.fortington@federation.edu.au. Scholars are expected to begin early 2017.

PhD Scholarship: The Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), has a domestic PhD scholarship available in sports injury epidemiology. ACRISP is one of only nine research centres worldwide formally recognised by the International Olympic Committee as a Centre for Research Excellence into the Prevention of Injury and Promotion of Health in Athletes (federation.edu.au/acrisp). The scholarship is being offered in partnership with Cricket Australia and JLT Sport to make significant new contributions to knowledge about injuries sustained by cricket players in non-elite forms of the game.

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.

The opportunity: An opportunity now exists for a highly motivated PhD scholar to join the ACRISP team at Federation University Australia to undertake this important sports injury surveillance research. The PhD scholar will contribute to the development of new insights into how insurance claim data can best be used to inform the development of injury prevention measures. This project will provide the PhD scholar with the opportunity to develop and apply high level knowledge about sports injury surveillance systems, in general, to provide recommendations for how to enhance the JLT insurance claim data collection. There will be opportunities to be involved in other sports injury epidemiology research and to gain experience in a range of research-related tasks including writing research papers, presenting at conferences and participating in industry forums.

The PhD scholar: The candidate should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. The candidate should also have a First Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline or have equivalent research experience and publications.We are looking for someone who is a critical thinker with an appreciation of mixed methods approaches that are firmly grounded in both qualitative and quantitative methods. The scholar will have an ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and good time management skills. An understanding of sports medicine and/or first aid provision and/or community sport would be advantageous, but not essential. The project would best suit someone with a background in epidemiology, injury prevention, public health, sports medicine, physiotherapy, health promotion or behavioural psychology.