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Engaging consumers in frailty and ageing research

Project summary

Princess Alexandra Hospital
Research area
Biomedical and clinical sciences, Health sciences

Project description

This PhD project is part of a Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Program that aims to partner with consumers to deliver a national response to frailty. Frailty is the most significant challenge to ‘ageing well’ in Australia. There are evidence-based interventions to slow the progression of frailty and reduce frailty. However, intervention programs are not routinely available as there are barriers to access and implementation in health systems.

This PhD project may explore:

  • best practice methods for engaging consumers (older people and carers) in frailty and ageing research
  • evaluation of consumer engagement within existing frailty and ageing research trials
  • development of a consumer engagement model for a national clinical/research network.

The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to develop skills in qualitative research methods, consumer engagement and co-design. The candidate would be supported by experts in health consumer engagement and co-design.


This is an Earmarked scholarship project that aligns with a recently awarded Australian Government grant.

The scholarship includes:

  • living stipend of $35,000 per annum tax free (2024 rate), indexed annually
  • your tuition fees covered
  • single overseas student health cover (OSHC).

Learn more about the Earmarked scholarship.


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis taking into account your:

  • academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

How to apply

This project requires candidates to commence no later than Research Quarter 3, 2025. To allow time for your application to be processed, we recommend applying no later than 31 March, 2025 31 December, 2024.

You can start in an earlier research quarter. See application dates.

Before you apply

  1. Check your eligibility for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  2. Prepare your documentation.
  3. Contact Ruth Hubbard ( to discuss your interest and suitability.

When you apply

You apply for this scholarship when you submit an application for a PhD. You don’t need to submit a separate scholarship application.

In your application ensure that under the ‘Scholarships and collaborative study’ section you select:

  • My higher degree is not collaborative
  • I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship
  • UQ Earmarked Scholarship type.

Apply now