A PhD Scholarship (RTP-level) is available within the Centre of Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery Clinical Trials stream. The candidate will be a high achieving Statistics, Engineering, Public Health, Allied Health, Psychology or other health-related discipline graduate with developed statistical analysis skills, interest in decision analysis and experience consulting with clinicians and patients.

The AVERT (A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial) randomised controlled trial represented the first, large acute rehabilitation trial with over 2000 patients from 5 countries†.

We tested the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of two different interventions (very early intensive mobility training, usual care). At the group level we found superiority for usual care, but this was not standardised.

The goal of this PhD project is to drill down into this high quality dataset to explore the questions of who should engage in rehabilitation early, how early and intensive should it be etc. to develop usable clinical practice guidelines.

Sophisticated analysis methods will be employed and supplemented with prospective data gathering from a range of stakeholders. Individual patient meta-analysis may also be required.

The successful applicant will also be required to complete the structured 4-week program: Neuroscience Coursework.

Approximate value: $26,916 per annum

The following benefits apply:

  • Limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave

Tenure: Maximum tenure 3.5 years

Area of study: Statistical analysis / Health Guidelines

Citizenship: Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand Citizen or eligible overseas students

Student type: Graduate research

Supervisors: Professors Julie Bernhardt and Leonid Churilov

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must meet the entry requirements for PhD in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne.


Applications close: 15 May 2017

Applicants should contact Prof Julie Bernhardt to discuss the PhD project before applying.

† The AVERT Trial Collaboration group, Bernhardt, J., Langhorne, P., Lindley, R. I., Thrift, A. G., Ellery, F., . . . Donnan, G. (2015). Efficacy and safety of very early mobilisation within 24 h of stroke onset (AVERT): a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 386(9988), 46-55. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60690-0