Be Sweet to Babies Studentship open for 2022

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

Application closing date: Friday, 24th June, 2022


A full-time graduate research studentship is available for a suitable PhD candidate or Master of Philosophy candidate (MPhil) with a nursing or allied health degree. The studentship is offered by the Department of Nursing, the University of Melbourne, to work in the Be Sweet to Babies Program of research. We are seeking a graduate research student with an interest or passion in inter-disciplinary research in neonatal or paediatric pain management, or family centred care in neonates, that will improve use of evidence-based pain management and subsequently, quality of care for neonates, infants or young children and their families/caregivers.


Individual interested in full-time study. Applicants must hold current registration in Nursing or Allied Health Profession with an Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). Applicants are required to fulfil eligibility requirements for admission into the University of Melbourne PhD or MPhil program:


Value of studentship: $31,200/year; 3.5 years for PhD or 2 years for MPhil, indexed and tax exempted. If another scholarship is received from faculty/university/ external, a top-up stipend to increase the annual amount up to AUD $35,700 per year will be granted.

About the Be Sweet to Babies Program

Professor Denise Harrison 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, clinicians, interdisciplinary researchers and trainees. 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.

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