MPhil scholarship: Rethinking the model of outpatient diabetes care utilising Digital Health


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Health and Behavioural Sciences, Medicine
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually. A top-up of $2,500 per annum will be provided. It might be possible, depending on eligibility, to apply for further top-up scholarships.
Scholarship duration Two years (24 months)
Opening date 13 February 2020
Closing date 8 March 2020


We are seeking a full-time, highly motivated MPhil candidate to perform research in diabetes care delivery. The successful candidate will be working with Associate Professor Anthony Russell, Professor Len Gray and Dr Anish Menon to undertake their MPhil within the Centre for Health Services Research . The candidate will join a rapidly growing, an innovative and nationally/internationally recognised team that will also work closely with the Australian eHealth Research Centre, CSIRO.

This MPhil project is addressing the need to review diabetes models of care in light of the number of people with diabetes not achieving recommended targets (50%), workforce shortage and increasing prevalence of diabetes. To manage this increasing burden, empowering people with diabetes to better self-manage their condition, will reduce the risk of complications and future preventable utilisation of healthcare resources. For better educating patients and sustaining their self-management, we have developed, based on digital health principles, an innovative Mobile-based Diabetes Management System.

The proof-of-concept, feasibility and pilot trials of the Mobile Diabetes Management System (MDMS) that we have completed have demonstrated a significant improvement in blood glucose levels, a high degree of consumer satisfaction and a good proportion of conventional in-person visits being substituted in a tertiary diabetes service at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. We plan to trial this system in multiple care settings: different hospital settings, community centres and regional areas – the latter being the focus of this scholarship. This research has the potential to significantly impact on health service delivery for people with diabetes by redesigning clinical care around patient need rather than conventional health service workflow. As artificial intelligence develops, we envisage a mobile App that provides actionable insights to the patients – a ‘personalised digital coach’, which the patients can modify to suit their personal needs. This will help deliver truly person-centred care while concurrently reducing the burden on healthcare utilisation.

Currently a series of projects are underway or in the planning stage. If the candidate chooses to, there is scope for upgrading the MPhil to PhD by associating with these projects that include a project on diabetes stakeholder perspectives to better integrate diabetes care, MDMS implementation trial in specialist care settings and telediabetes care.


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

Applications are closed.

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘DIABETESin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

Please also note that you should enter Associate Professor Anthony Russell as your supervisor.

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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.