PhD Research in Health Services Research and Innovation

We welcome PhD proposals in the following areas which align with our expertise and research interests:

Health Service Marketing

  • Technological and social media advances in health care service delivery
  • Understanding and facilitating patient and carer experiences
  • Understanding the transformative potential of health service delivery & well-being

Global Health Services

  • Global Mobility and International Medical Graduates
  • Cross-Cultural Issues in Health Services Management and Delivery
  • Managing Health System Reform in Developing and Developed Countries.

Health Services Human Resources, Inter-Professional Collaboration & Workforce Innovation

  • Gender, HRM and Careers in Health Services
  • Managing Employee Well-being and Resilience for Innovation
  • HRM and Employment Practices in Health Services

Forthcoming PhD Projects in 2019

  • Saeed Abdullah’s thesis will examine the reform of the Pubic Hospitals in Saudi Arabia. Supervised By: A/Prof Brendan Boyle & Dr Ashish Malik.
  • Rami Alzahrani’s thesis will examine the training and performance management of the health workforce in in Saudi Arabia Supervised By: A/Prof Brendan Boyle & Dr Heidi Wechtler.

Current & ongoing PhD Projects

  • Praveena Thevisuthan’s thesis examines the Health Workforce in the Public Hospitals in Sri Lanka. Supervised By: Dr Ashish Malik, A/Prof Brendan Boyle & Conjoint Prof Rebecca Mitchell
  • Qi Wang’s thesis examines the cross-cultural adjustment of globally mobile health care workers. Supervised by Dr Karen Tian, A/Prof Brendan Boyle & Conjoint Prof Rebecca Mitchell
  • Iman Behmanesh’s thesis examines the Public Health Care system in Iran and Employees Innovative Behaviour.  Supervised By: Dr Ashish Malik, Dr David Cunneen & Dr Philip Rosenberger.
  • Mohammed Alzahrani's thesis examines The Role of Social Media Marketing in Public Health Promotion to Create Behaviour Change: A Cross Country Assessment in Australia and Saudi Arabia, Supervised By: Jessica Wyllie and A/Prof Jamie Carlson.
  • Pamela Beach’s thesis examines the role of Gender in Health Care Careers. Supervised By: A/Prof Brendan Boyle, Dr Ashish Malik, & Conjoint Prof Rebecca Mitchell
  • Shauna von Stieglitz’s research examines shared leadership in virtual teams in the pharmaceutical industry. Supervised by Conjoint Professor Rebecca Mitchell, Associate Professor Brendan Boyle and Dr Ashish Malik.
  • Tie Zheng’s thesis examines Authentic Leadership in Health Care teams in Chinese Hospitals: Supervised by A/Prof Brendan Boyle, Conjoint Prof Rebecca Mitchell & Emeritus Professor Stephen Nicholas.

Previous PhD Projects

  • Eunkyung Seo completed her thesis in 2017. She examined the Leadership on Organisational Citizenship Behaviour in Health Care Teams in South Korea. Supervised By: A/Prof Brendan Boyle, Conjoint Prof Rebecca Mitchell & Emeritus Professor Stephen Nicholas.

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