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PhD Opportunity: Improving the delivery of mental healthcare in general practice

The Opportunity Government, non-government and professional agencies constantly call for change and improvement in how healthcare is delivered. This PhD is for someone who sees themselves making a real difference to health outcomes. The candidate will learn and develop the field of knowledge translation and improve professional behaviour change, setting themselves up for either a future in academia or in policy or practice settings. This PhD project will be hosted by the Implementing work-related Mental health guidelines in general PRacticE (IMPRovE) trial. It may be based at Monash University or at the University of Sydney. IMPRovE is funded by an NHMRC Partnership Grant in partnership Beyond Blue and with Commonwealth and state-based compensation schemes from across Australia. Our key objectives are to increase the delivery of evidence-based general practice care for patients, assess the cost-effectiveness of our intervention and plan for national scale-up. Components of the intervention include academic detailing, peer-to-peer support through a digital Community of Practice and the provision of resources. As the PhD candidate, you will develop and use implementation skills and theory to evaluate the IMPRovE guideline implementation intervention. Specifically, under guidance, you will characterise the aspects of the intervention and our partnership approach that are likely to lead to ongoing successful guideline-informed care in general practice, and to characterise aspects that may hinder success. Throughout your PhD, you will work closely with the IMPRovE team comprising clinicians, researchers, and our high level policy and practice partners from across the country. Capacity building incentives As a core member of the IMPRovE trial, you will build skills in partnership engagement in readiness for future research or industry collaborations. We also strive to create an enriching and supportive environment for our students. A candidate who is enrolled through Monash will be allocated an annual travel allowance, professional development allowance and publication allowance. In addition, you will be eligible for further funding opportunities that are offered through Monash University or the University of Sydney and be invited to engage regularly with early-career, mid-career and senior researchers through established groups and committees. Candidate requirements 1. Successful applicants will have an excellent academic track record in primary care, public health, implementation science or compensable injury in the Australian setting, with an Honours or Master’s degree with H1 or equivalent. 2. A strong interest in implementation science, with primary care or public health experience in the Australian context. 3. Fulfil the admission criteria for PhD enrolment at Monash University ( or at the University of Sydney ( Applications To apply, please contact Dr Samantha Chakraborty at and ensure you include with your application: • A cover letter • Detailed curriculum vitae • Academic transcript(s) Enquiries For more details about the project, please contact: Dr Samantha Chakraborty, Senior Research Fellow +61 3 99029698
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
implementation science, general practice, primary care, health services research, knowledge translation, implementation, KT, RT, evaluation, trial, mental health, work
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine » General Practice
Available options 
Masters by research
Time commitment 
Top-up scholarship funding available 
Physical location 
553 St Kilda Road
Danielle Mazza

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