HDR opportunities

The Institute has HDR opportunites available under the following 4 themes:

Implementing automation tools for systematic reviews

Several tools to automate steps in a systematic review are available, including machine learning and text-mining software, and tools that eliminate repetitive tasks. Further tools may be useful for steps in the review process but are not yet available. We would like to evaluate real-world usefulness of current tools, identify where the development of new tools may be useful, and further areas for development. This PhD would combine areas of information technology, review efficiency, data science, and workload measurement, and medical research.

De-implementing of low-value health care

The de-implementation of ineffective and inefficient healthcare practices to improve patient health and safeguard appropriate resource allocation is a fast-evolving field of study. There is a pressing need to understand more about the use of appropriate and potentially unique approaches to tackle low-value care in clinical practice. This PhD offers an exciting opportunity for the scholar to identify the barriers and facilitators for the de-implementing of specific low-value practices, and to advance the development and piloting of de-implementation interventions. There will be a focus on patient-mediated/led de-implementation strategies. Projects will be both quantitative and qualitative and incorporate the public and healthcare professional perspective.

Engaging community members in health policy decision making

Engaging community members in health policy decisions enhances the legitimacy and acceptability of those decisions to the public. However, methodology in this area is under-developed. This PhD will investigate existing practices for community engagement methods in health policy, develop and test quality frameworks for community engagement, and implement community engagement initiatives. These projects will involve a mix of qualitative and quantitative research designs.

Reducing low value care for older terminal patients: the de-medicalisation of dying

Longer life expectancy as a result of public health initiatives and medical technological advances has brought up high societal expectation of immortality. There is some evidence that health services are admitting older patients and administering medical treatments, surgical interventions and intensive testing or monitoring to keep people alive when they have no chance of benefiting from these procedures. In some cases these practices are potentially harmful and not aligned with patients wishes, and generate unsustainable costs of care. The sub-projects in this PhD offer opportunities to develop quantitative skills in identifying, measuring and predicting who will benefit; assisting decision-making; and qualitative skills to investigate strategies that align service delivery with patient needs and preferences to reduce low-value care. The topic of the sub-projects will suit either clinicians or public health practitioners.

If you are interested in any of these, please contact the Institute Manager, Chrissy Erueti.

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Bond HDR scholarships

Higher degree research (HDR) scholarships aim to ensure students have sufficient resources whilst studying.

Bond University offers a limited number of HDR scholarships to potential students who wish to continue their education through a PhD program. 

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Research Students

Eman Abukmail (PhD) Identifying optimal approaches to communicating natural history and prognosis information to facilitate informed decision making. Professors Tammy Hoffmann and Dr Mina Bakhit
Elaine Beller (PhD part-time) Improving the usability of reports of systematic reviews. Professor Paul Glasziou
Kwame Boaitey (PhD) Optimizing antibiotic use in primary health care. Professors Tammy Hoffmann and Dr Mina Bakhit
Ann Bryant (Masters of Science by Research part-time) Does patient and public involvement make a good clinical practice guideline? Associate Professor Rae Thomas, Assistant Professor Anna Scott
Leila Cusack (PhD part-time)

Empowering Australians to make informed decisions about health interventions  through the development and evaluation of an educational intervention for school students. Professor Tammy Hoffmann

Justin Clark (PhD part-time) Improved systematic searching for improving systematic reviews. Supervisors: Paul Glasziou, Assistant Professor Sharon Sanders, Associate Professor Elaine Beller
Michelle Guppy (PhD) Chronic Kidney Disease in General Practice: Efficacy of screening, monitoring and management of risk factors for the prevention of end stage disease. Supervisors: Professors Paul Glasziou and Jenny Doust and Associate Professor Elaine Beller
Dominique Jones (PhD) The benefits and harms of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. Should an early childhood diagnosis be written in pencil? Supervisors: Associate Professor Rae Thomas and Dr Loai Albarqouni
Rhonda Morton (PhD part-time) Drug-free interventions in healthcare: Exploring evidence-based treatments, public and clinician perspectives, and opportunities for change. Professor Paul Glasziou, Associate Professor Rae Thomas
Sujeewa Palagama (PhD)  Are artificial intelligence based diagnostic applications discriminatory in healthcare, and what can be done about it? Supervisor: Professor Paul Glasziou
Rebecca Sims (PhD) Public and professional perceptions of labelling: Exploration of labelling of health conditions and why labels hold power. Supervisors: Associate Professor Rae Thomas, Professor Paul Glasziou
2021 Thanya Pathirana Addressing overdiagnosis of prostate cancer in Australia: A study of prevalence and clinician characteristics and concerns. Supervisor: P. Glasziou,  J. Doust, K. Bell
2020 Hilda Bastian Shifting Evidence: Factors Affecting the Reliability of Systematic Reviews in Biomedicine. Supervisor: P. Glasziou
2020 Oyungerel Byambasuren Effectiveness of mHealth apps and their prescribability in general practice. Supervisors: P. Glasziou; T. Hoffmann; E. Beller
2020 Anggi Ranakusuma Oral corticosteroids as an alternative treatment for acute otitis media in children. Supervisors: C.B. Del Mar, E. Beller, A. McCullough
2019 Mina Bakhit Antibiotic resistance: patient-clinician communication and decision-making about antibiotic use in primary care. Supervisors: T.C. Hoffmann, C.B. del Mar
2019 Loai Albarqouni Challenges and Solutions for Educating Clinicians in Contemporary Evidence-Based Practice. Supervisors: P.P. Glasziou, T.C. Hoffmann
2018 Gina Cleo Maintaining Weight Loss: A Look at Habits. Co-supervisors: R.L. Thomas, P.P. Glasziou
2018 Jaimon Kelly Lifestyle management in Chronic Kidney Disease: telehealth strategies for effective self-management
2017 Bridget Abell The provision and delivery of exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation in Australia: concordant with best research evidence? Supervisors: T.C. Hoffmann, P.P. Glasziou
2017 Peter Coxeter Towards shared decision making: exploring new ways of communicating evidence to patients about benefits and harms of antibiotics for acute respiratory infections. Supervisors: T.C. Hoffmann, C.B. del Mar
2017 Emily Haynes Developing consensus on the strategic priorities for the prevention of obesity amongst the Australian population. Associate supervisor: P.P. Glasziou
2017 Kate Odgers-Jewell Exploring the attributes of group-based education for the management of chronic diseases, focusing on type 2 diabetes mellitus. Co-supervisor: R.L. Thomas
2017 John Rathbone Automating Systematic Reviews. Supervisors: P.P. Glasziou, T.C. Hoffmann, E.M. Beller
2016 Ray Moynihan Preventing Overdiagnosis. Supervisors: P.P. Glasziou, J.A. Doust
2016 Sharon Sanders Clinical prediction rules for assisting diagnosis. Supervisors: J.A. Doust, P.P. Glasziou
2015 Cherie Hugo The Lantern Project: Illuminating the value of nutrition in older Australians. Associate supervisor: C.B. del Mar
2015 Vini Simas Effects of surfing on bone. Associate supervisors: P.P. Glasziou, C.B. del Mar
2014 Gerben Keijzers An evaluation of the impact of the tertiary survey in trauma patients who are admitted to hospital. Supervisor: C.B. del Mar
Bridget Abell
  • Bond University 3-Minute Thesis Competition, Winner, October 2014
  • "Best Exercise and Physical Activity Paper Award" and the "People’s Choice Award" at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association, September 2014
Loai Albarqouni
  • Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship
  • ANZAHPE (Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Editors) post-graduate student prize, 2018
  • DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship for a short-term research grant, which is a competitive grant provided for outstanding foreign doctoral candidates and postdoctoral academics and scientists to carry out research in collaboration with German institutions, 2018
  • Australian Epidemiological Association (AEA) Student Conference Award, AEA Annual Scientific Meeting, September 2016
Mina Bakhit
  • PhD stipend funded by NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Minimising Antibiotic Resistance from Acute Respiratory Infections (CREMARA) grant, 2015-2018
  • Best Poster Presentation at Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Higher Degree Research Conference, October 2016
Oyungerel (Oyuka) Byambasuren
  • Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Award in recognition of an exceptional doctoral thesis 2021
  • Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship
  • QLD FameLab semi-finalist 2018 and 2019
  • QLD Falling Walls Lab finalist 2019
  • Bond University 3-Minute Thesis Competition: People's Choice Award 2016 and 2018; Runner-up 2018
Justin Clark
  • HLA Digital Health Innovation Award 2019
  • ALIA Health Libraries Australia Digital Health Innovation Award, July 2019
  • HLA/Medical Director Digital Health Innovation Award for "The Polyglot Search Translator (PST): a tool for translating search strategies: phase 3", April 2018
  • Anne Harrison Award, April 2018
Gina Cleo
  • Bond University Scholarship
  • Bond University 3-Minute Thesis Competition, Runner up, August 2016
Peter Coxeter
  • "Best of the Best Award" and "Best PhD/Hons Student Podium Award", Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Conference, December 2015
Leila Cusack
  • Bond University Scholarship
Ray Moynihan
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Scholarship, 2012-2015
  • Bond University 3-Minute Thesis Competition, People's Choice Award, October 2014
Thanya Pathirana
  • Bond University Scholarship
  • Early Career Researcher Workshop Award, Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA), AEA Annual Scientific Meeting, September 2016
  • Student Conference Award, Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA), 2015 and 2016
Respati (Anggi) Ranakusuma
  • Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship
Rebecca Sims
  • Bond University Scholarship
  • Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, 2019-2022
  • Finalist: Preventing Overdiagnosis 2019 Conference Student Challenge
  • "Best Ignite (Oral) Presentation", HSM 2020 Medical and Postgraduate Students Research Conference: Fostering healthcare innovations & resilience.