A full PhD scholarship: Developing and refining a digital platform to support people to age well with HIV
An exciting PhD scholarship opportunity to undertake applied research with leading HIV research groups that is embedded within the work of key HIV community organisations in Victoria.
Benefits of the scholarship include:
The Project: Developing and refining a digital platform to support people to age well with HIV
Highly effective HIV therapies have resulted in an aging population of people living with HIV and created a need to develop and maintain effective programs to support people to age well with HIV. Through this PhD, you will have the opportunity to work with leading HIV researchers at La Trobe University and the Burnet Institute, HIV clinicians at the Alfred Hospital, and program implementers at Living Positive Victoria and Thorne Harbour Health. This PhD is embedded within a three-year project to develop, implement and refine an online platform to support the psychosocial and health needs of older people living with HIV. The project adopts an iterative refinement/ implementation science approach to program development and evaluation.
The first phase of the project will involve quantitative and qualitative formative research to inform the implementation of the online platform. The second phase will involve the technical build, development and trialling of the online platform. The platform build will emphasise a shared experience model to create ‘digital communities’ and a peer-support environment. The third phase will involve a trial period where the platform goes live and is iteratively evaluated and refined. The trial will aim to integrate the platform into existing services for people living with HIV in Victoria.
This project will work closely with community organisations and the affected community. As an applicant you should have an interest in community-based program implementation. This PhD would suit applicants with some experience working with or in community-based organisations.
For more details see the attached flyer -
Closing date: Monday 30 September 2019
Expected starting date for Scholarship: by early in 2020
If you require further information or wish to discuss the opportunity, please contact:
Dr Graham Brown at Graham.Brown@latrobe.edu.au
Head of BBV and STI Research,
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society; La Trobe University