Masters/phd Scholarship in Digital Healthcare in Surgery at Swinburne University of Technology

A fully-funded master fellowship in information systems is available at Swinburne University of Technology. Applications will be evaluated immediately.

Prevention of thromboembolism (TE) has been a high priority safety initiative for over a decade. Yet systematic real time approaches to TE prevention, particularly post-surgery, remain suboptimal. Equally optimization and preparation for major surgery (pre-habilitation). Appropriate management has the capacity to mitigate adverse outcomes, which carry substantial clinical and economic implications.

CLOTS (Consultation on haematoLogical Optimization and Thrombosis in Surgery), incorporates risk-predictive tools and decision-making algorithms, in key health priority areas. This robust technical solution, assist healthcare providers in making evidence-based, point-of-care decisions with regards to ALL periprocedural optimization. CLOTS can be used real-time by any clinician, in any clinical forum, for all patients, where these management decisions occur. This solution will standardize clinical care delivery and mitigate adverse outcomes, which carry substantial clinical and economic implications.

Current published guidelines are complex and lack personalized applicability, which renders them impractical for real time decision-making and implementation across institutions and clinical practice remains highly variable. Clinicians (and patients) need timely access to appropriate decision-making tools that are relevant to real world personalized practice. This initiative is scalable to any health delivery service Australia-wide and International. It will build capability and capacity, deliver value to the health systems by personalized, optimization of patient care, prevention of adverse outcomes and enhanced recovery post-cancer and non-cancer interventions.

In order to develop a robust and reliable solution, this project will design, devise and validate a 4-Model Decision Support tool that can drive appropriate evidence-based, real time decision-making for surgical and interventional procedures to optimize patient outcomes and prevent avoidable complications.

About the Scholarship

The PhD scholarship is co-funded by our Industry Partner Peter MacCallum Cancer Center as part of the Digital Health CRC ( program. The project is a training ground for health technologists and clinical informaticians of tomorrow, who will assist in the digital transformation of Australia's healthcare system. The Digital Health CRC (DHCRC) is a unique, multidisciplinary, collaborative taskforce of research, clinical, industry, government and educational organizations to focus research and development on combining individual and collective expertise with data, information and telecommunication technologies. The Master/PhD student will form part of a team of experts from information systems, health and behavioral science, computer science, and digitalization.

We are seeking applicants from ICT and IS background who are focused on achieving outcomes for industry, enjoy travel and working in teams, and are skilled at communicating their results to a variety of stakeholders.

Terms and Conditions

The scholarship will be governed by the Swinburne Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

Should you have queries regarding this opportunity please contact Professor Nilmini Wickramasinghe via email with the subject "DHCRC Master/PhD scholarship - CLOTS Project".

How to apply and further information

Please submit your application by clicking on the 'Apply' link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further enquires please contact Nilmini Wickramasinghe, Professor Digital Health & Deputy Director Iverson, via email at

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr Walter Robles, on For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications will close when all candidates have been selected.

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