Investigating interdisciplinary design and healthcare collaborations to improve outcomes and impact

About this scholarship

Better outcomes for health professionals, patients and other relevant stakeholders can be achieved when a collaboration between healthcare and design disciplines can be formed to help address complex health related issues. This study will explore the challenges and opportunities manifest when developing design and healthcare collaborations.  

The candidate will work with an interdisciplinary research team from UniSA (design, health and wellbeing) and the SA healthcare sector to formulate academically rigorous, yet practically minded outcomes, with the intention of establishing a set of guiding principles and practices for successful design and health partnerships.

The study will be facilitated through partner representatives from the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) and the Design Research for Health and Wellbeing concentration within UNISA.

The candidate will ideally be from a design and communications back-ground. However, applicants with a strong interest in health sciences and/or qualitative or mixed research methods are also encouraged to apply. A user-centred participatory design research methodology will inform the underlying foundation of this investigation.


$27,596 per year for three years


The scholarship is open to Australian and NZ Citizens and permanent residents of Australia. Applicants must meet the entry requirements for a research degree program at the University of South Australia.

How to apply and closing date

Apply online

Applications open until filled.

Application should submit:
• A project proposal, including rationale, proposed methodology and methods, anticipated outcomes and a timeline.
• A full curriculum vitae.
• Evidence of academic achievement (i.e. full academic transcripts).
• The names and contact details of two academic referees.

For more information contact Professor Ian Gwilt at