Cardiac rehabilitation - expanding the patient base - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Cardiac rehabilitation - expanding the patient base

Accepting expressions of interest until 15 November 2021.

Open to

Newly commencing domestic students



Study area

Health, nursing and sport sciences

Funding type

Living stipend scholarship and *tuition fee scholarship

*Domestic students with an unconditional offer to undertake a higher degree by research program will be offered an RTP Fees Offset Scholarship.

Scholarship value

$28,597 per annum tax free (2021 rate), indexed annually.

commensurate with current Research Training Scholarship base stipend rate

Scholarship duration

3 years with the possibility of a 6-month extension in approved circumstances.

The Project

This PhD opportunity is jointly supported by the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. As part of a broad program of research focused on the prevention and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, this PhD research will test the feasibility and efficacy of expanding cardiovascular rehabilitation to include patients who are not routinely referred to rehabilitation services. The PhD candidate will lead a funded research project to examine the benefits of a referral to cardiovascular rehabilitation, compared with standard post-operative care, on exercise tolerance and quality of life in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) following lower limb revascularisation surgery.

The Position 

The PhD candidate will join the VasoActive research group, which includes researchers, clinicians and research-trainees from a broad range of disciplines including exercise science, biomedical science, cardiology, vascular surgery, nursing and other areas. The candidate will be supervised by Associate Professor Chris Askew (Clinical Exercise Physiology) and Professor Tony Stanton (Cardiology).

The PhD candidate will be based at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI), and will carry out projects in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of clinical staff at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. This PhD program provides the opportunity to develop a broad range of research skills including systematic literature reviews, clinical trial methodology, project management, grant writing, as well as publishing and conference presentations. The PhD research will also utilise and provide opportunities to develop technical and clinical skills in functional assessments and fitness testing, cardiovascular assessments, cognitive performance tests, exercise rehabilitation and programing, and data analysis and interpretation.

Ideal Candidate

This opportunity will suit a person who has a strong work ethic, is self-motivated, and has a desire to learn and develop as a researcher. The candidate will need to work well with others as part of a team, and be able to communicate effectively and relate well with research participants (patients). Applicants with training and a research background in allied health, exercise science, nursing, biomedical science and other areas of health are encouraged to apply. Experience in clinical/hospital rehabilitation would be an advantage but is not essential.

Contact Person

For questions or to submit your Expression of Interest, direct your enquiry to Associate Professor Chris Askew.

  • Be accepted into a Higher Degrees by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which they are currently applying
  • Have a First-Class Bachelor Honours Degree, or show equivalent level of achievement with other academic qualifications or professional research experience
  • Applications can only be accepted from Domestic students
Selection criteria
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Research training degree (First Class Honours or equivalent)
  • Research publications
  • Professional research experience
Number available
This will be a two-stage application process: Stage 1 - Expression of Interest:
  • Interested applicants should email a completed Expression of Interest (EOI) form together with any supporting documents to the contact person.
  • The scholarship assessment panel will review the EOI. If shortlisted, you will be invited for interview.
  • The preferred applicant will be invited to formally apply.
Stage 2 - Formal application (only if you have been invited to apply)  *scholarship offer is subject to applicant meeting the eligibility requirements for entry into a higher degree by research program at USC.