PhD Studentship: Be Sweet to Babies

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A full-time graduate research studentship is available for a suitable PhD candidate with a nursing or allied health degree.


A full-time graduate research studentship is available for a suitable PhD candidate with a nursing or allied health degree. The studentship is offered by the Department of Nursing, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, to work in the Be Sweet to Babies Program of research. We are seeking a PhD student with an interest in interdisciplinary research in neonatal or paediatric pain management; knowledge translation; parental involvement in pain care, that will improve use of evidence-based pain management and subsequently, quality of care for neonates, infants or young children and their families/caregivers.


We are looking for an individual interested in full-time study. An applicant must hold current registration as a clinician in Nursing or Allied Health Profession with an Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). Further to this, applicants are required to fulfil eligibility requirements for admission into the PhD program at the University of Melbourne:


The PhD studentship is valued at $35,700 per annum and is indexed and tax exempted. This studentship is for 3 years.

About the Be Sweet to Babies Research

Professor Denise Harrison, Department of Nursing, leads the Be Sweet to Babies program of research which focuses on improving pain management for neonates, infants and young children in partnership with parents, trainees, clinicians, interdisciplinary researchers and organizations. This research encompasses primary research (determining effective pain management strategies in sick and healthy infants and young children), knowledge synthesis (systematic reviews of interventions, as well as innovative synthesis of YouTube videos) and knowledge translation, including exploring innovative ways to translate knowledge into clinical practice locally, nationally and globally.

The Department of Nursing at The University of Melbourne is part of the Melbourne School of Health Sciences and is located within Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences. The Department of Nursing has a dynamic program of inter-disciplinary research optimizing patient, family/caregivers, system level and population outcomes.

Application closing date

Friday, 31 July, 2020

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