An Interdisciplinary Study on the Role of Consumers in Translating Medical Research

This Masters Scholarship in partnership with Walter + Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) and the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health, pairs consumers (in this context, people affected by a particular disease) with medical researchers to focus efforts to find treatment for that disease through the Consumer Buddy Program. The successful applicant will need to be admitted to the MPhil or Master of Education (by Research) and will receive a stipend valued at approximately $30000 per annum for up to two years and a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship to cover tuition fees for Australian Citizens, NZ Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Applications open

3 Oct 2019

Last day for applications learn more

18 Apr 2020

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $60,000

Applicable study areas

Education, teaching and training

Number of scholarships awarded

1

  • Eligibility & selection criteria

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

      • be an Australian citizen or a New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident at the closing date for applications
      • be admitted to the MPhil or Master of Education (by research) in addition to having an interest in consumer research and/or evaluation and/or health research
      • have applied for and meet the entry requirements for a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne, or be currently enrolled in a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne
      • Other general conditions of the award will be as per current conditions of the awarding of Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships.
      • Experience working in an evaluation and/or research environment would be an advantage.

      Prior to submitting their applications, prospective applicants are advised to contact Ruth Aston via email at ruth.aston@unimelb.edu.au at The Melbourne Graduate School of Education

    Selection criteria

    Walter + Eliza Hall Institute's (WEHI) Consumer Buddy Program pairs consumers (in this context, people affected by a particular disease) with medical researchers to focus efforts to find treatment for that disease. Consumers in the program contribute their life experience to researchers, assist researchers with communicating in plain language, provide insight into how research can affect the community, and become an active part of the WEHI community by attending events and seminars. Findings from the Buddy Program are communicated to the Consumer Advisory Panel, which advises the Clinical Translation department on involving consumers in research.

    The aim of the Panel is to “involve medical, health and research consumers in our basic scientific research, and enable our researchers and consumers to form working relationships focused on research”. By including consumer voices, the WEHI can “remain at the cutting edge of social issues and community attitudes towards [these issues]”. MACH has a grant from the Medical Research Future Fund to conduct a small evaluation project on the Consumer Buddy Program and is already liaising with WEHI to begin this evaluation. This project is a joint activity between the public and translational research centres that, when evaluated in cooperation with WEHI and MACH, will fulfil the MRFF funding stipulation that the project should “demonstrate collaboration between translational centres to provide improvements in health services and systems sustainability” and identify “innovative approaches for community and patient involvement in setting research priorities, and facilitates system-wide learning and collaboration”.

    Applicants will need to have applied for and meet the entry requirements for a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne, or be currently enrolled in a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne and be admitted to the MPhil or Master of Education (by research), in addition to having an interest in consumer research and/or evaluation and/or health research.

  • Application process

    Prior to submitting their applications, prospective applicants are advised to contact Ruth Aston via email at ruth.aston@unimelb.edu.au at The Melbourne Graduate School of Education

    IMPORTANT: Those wishing to apply should in the first instance complete a candidature and scholarships application form available from the links below for the University of Melbourne. Include information on research experience, an indicative research proposal, and a sample of recent academic writing.

    Submit a course application

  • When will I know the outcome?

What are the benefits?

  • a stipend valued at approx. $30,000* per annum tax free (*increased annually by consumer price index)
  • a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship to cover tuition fees for Australian Citizens, NZ Citizens and Permanent Residents.

The scholarships will be awarded for a maximum of two years. Recipients may be eligible for one 6-month extension subject to application and consideration by the Scholarships Committee.

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