Participation in sport and active recreation is an important element of meeting public health goals, but injuries can be a barrier towards safe and sustained activity. A major component of the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP) research program is to ensure lifelong participation in sport by understanding and reducing the risks of sports injury and illness. This requires high quality injury data and rigorous injury surveillance.
Two new PhD scholarships are available with ACRISP to contribute to a program of research relating to the design and conduct of injury surveillance approaches for quantifying the burden of sports injury and its prevention in community sport. The recipients of these scholarships will join a prestigious internationally-renown sports injury prevention research centre which is one of only ten centres worldwide to be recognised by the International Olympic Committee as a centre of research excellence.
The successful applicant/s will undertake a project in one of the following areas: sports injury surveillance methodology development and/or conduct, including data collection procedures, assessment and evaluation; development and assessment of sports injury coding and classification schemes and injury definitions; injury surveillance based on routinely collected / administrative datasets; comparison of different case ascertainment strategies; data linkage, coding and classifications; design and analysis of prospective cohort studies; assessing the population-level burden of sports injuries, including economic impacts. The project will primarily be based on data relating to community level participation in sport and active recreation.
Desired skills: Applicants should have a background in epidemiology, public health, database systems, linkage, data mining, data science or sports medicine
Project Area: Injury epidemiology; injury surveillance, injury data systems
Supervisor(s): Dr Lauren Fortington, Professor Caroline Finch
Project level: PhD
Funding: Centre scholarship available (open to Domestic students)
Start date: from March 2019
Information on eligibility is available at www.ecu.edu.au/centres/graduate-research-school
Potential applicants should email their interest with a brief letter of introduction and CV to [email protected]