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

UPLOADS Scholarship

Using injury surveillance data systems to drive prevention

ARC Linkage PhD Scholarship

Duration: 3-years

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

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. Scholars would be expected to begin early 2017.

The Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (federation.edu.au/acrisp), based at Federation University Australia, has a domestic PhD scholarship available in injury epidemiology. The project is associated with an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project that aims to build on a recently developed incident reporting and learning system for use by outdoor education, recreation and adventure (see The UPLOADS project, http:/uploadsproject.org for more details).

Preventing injuries requires in-depth understanding of the factors that contribute to their occurrence. Our UPLOADS project is a collaboration between Human Factors/Systems researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast and Injury Surveillance/Implementation experts at Federation University Australia. The project has strong industry engagement and is being undertaken in collaboration with a wide range of the outdoor activity providers/peak groups from across Australia.

The UPLOADS project is currently entering its second phase, in which the focus is on identifying, developing and implementing preventive solutions to reduce injury risk in led outdoor activities. An opportunity exists for a highly motivated PhD scholar to join the UPLOADS project team at Federation University Australia. The PhD scholar will contribute to the development of new insights into how injury surveillance system data can best be used to inform the development of injury prevention measures. This could be approached from one or more angles including (but not restricted to) that of the surveillance system design itself, the perspectives of users of the surveillance system or the challenges in implementing such a system within the led outdoor and recreation settings.

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 has strong quantitative analysis skills, an ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and good time management. The project would best suit someone with a background in epidemiology, public health, injury prevention, health promotion, behavioural psychology or data systems development/management.

This PhD scholarship provides the opportunity to join the internationally renowned ACRISP research group, 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 (see federation.edu.au/acrisp). 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.