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

Investigating the impact of defibrillator provision and other safety and emergency medical management in community sport

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:

Enquiries should be directed to Dr Lauren Fortington at

PhD Scholarship: The Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), 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 ( scholarship is aligned to a research project that ACRISP is undertaking in partnership with the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services.

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.

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 health program implementation research. The PhD scholar will contribute to the development of new insights into how community sports clubs address safety and emergency medical management, especially in regards to first aid provision, better planning and preparation for medical emergencies, and the promotion and use of defibrillators. This project will provide the PhD scholar with an opportunity to develop and apply high level knowledge about the implementation of safety programs in community sport. 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.