Jamieson Trauma Institute PhD Scholarship - Enhancing Occupational Performance in Orthopaedic Trauma Patients with Distal Radial Fractures


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Health and Behavioural Sciences
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $35 571 per annum tax-free (2020 rate)
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 14 May 2020
Closing date 10 June 2020


Distal radius fractures are one of the most common traumatic upper limb injuries treated by occupational therapists in daily practice. Occupational therapists strive to improve functional independence and occupational performance using an evidence based and client centre approach to rehabilitation. By improving the quality of patient care, health outcomes are also improved, and patients are more likely to be able to return to their usual life roles. This reduces the economic burden on the health system and society in general and relies on high quality evidence to guide clinical practice.

The purpose of this PhD Scholarship is to improve the evidence base behind occupational therapy management of distal radius fractures by identifying factors that influence successful return to occupational performance following injury.  It is expected that the successful candidate will examine the current literature and knowledge base and identify gaps requiring further research. A course of study will then be devised to address those gaps in the literature that have been identified. Factors that may influence outcome with distal radius fracture and return to occupational roles may include but are not limited to; age, fracture type, operative/non-operative management, joint contracture and pain. The expected outcome of this research is to devise a new clinical guideline to assist with early identification of those patients at risk of poor health outcomes following distal radius fracture.  This way these “at risk” patients can be identified and targeted in their early phase of rehabilitation to facilitate successful return to their usual occupational roles and reduce the cost to the individual, the health system and society.

The successful applicant will work closely with clinicians and researchers within Occupational Therapy Services and the Department of Orthopaedics at RBWH. A snapshot of research currently undertaken within OT services at RBWH can be viewed here.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Dr Freyr Patterson (f.patterson@uq.edu.au)

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcript/s

Please note the following: Submitting the above documents does not constitute a full application for admission into The University of Queensland's PhD program. If you are selected as the preferred applicant, you will then be invited to submit a full application for admission. You can familiarise yourself with the documents required for this process on the Graduate School's website.

Selection criteria

It is desirable that applicants have a first- class honours degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy or alternatively be prepared to enrol in a Master of Philosophy initially and later upgrade to PhD.

A background in hand therapy is highly desirable. The successful applicant will have strong communication skills and demonstrate resilience, perseverance and capacity to complete complex tasks.

Strong academic performance is expected and is to be demonstrated through previous track record of publication or other academic activity.

Applications are closed.


Dr Celeste Glasgow
07 3646 7100
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.