Research Opportunities

CRE-Compensable Injury aims to develop the health and medical research workforce by providing opportunities to advance the training of new researchers, particularly those with a capacity for independent research and future leadership roles, and the translation of research into practice through clinical fellowships.

PhD Scholarships

PhD scholarships are available through CRE-Compensable Injury, three of which will be funded by The University of Queensland. Candidates are sought from QLD, NSW and VIC. Five current PhD scholars will contribute to the work of CRE‑Compensable Injury.

Why join our Team? 

  • Dedicated supervisors 
  • Involvement across all critical challenge areas
  • Multidisciplinary mentorship and education activities  
  • Active engagement with government, industry and consumers
  • Placements at all CRE sites (QLD, NSW, Victoria)
  • Support to publish in top-ranking journals
  • Funding to present at a relevant conference

Supervisory Team experience

  • Highly established mentors and supervisors, having collectively supervised over 50 students in the last 5 years
  • Experienced across a range of injury-related areas including clinical trials, qualitative research, outcome prediction and risk screening, analysis of scheme designs, development of digital platforms, legal and economic factors
  • Former candidates have gained funded fellowships following completion of their PhDs, including NHMRC ECRs or CDFs
  • Strong track records of mentoring junior researchers in research projects, stakeholder engagement, professional associations, guideline development, systematic reviews, national and international conferences

What disciplines can apply?

  • Healthcare disciplines (e.g., physiotherapy, psychology, occupational therapy, exercise physiology)
  • Primary Care
  • Economics
  • Epidemiology
  • Public health
  • Law

What topics could I research?

Quantitative and qualitative research under the following themes:

  • Predicting outcome after road traffic crash injury
  • Developing early brief interventions to prevent chronic pain after injury
  • The neurological effects of exercise in individuals with chronic neck pain
  • Physical activity and exercise for individuals with chronic whiplash associated disorders
  • Relationships between small nerve fibre integrity, stress, and inflammation
  • Small fibre nerve fibre pathology in chronic whiplash neck pain
  • Early interventions to prevent chronic pain after injury
  • Digital methods to enhance communication between stakeholders
  • Cohort studies of multidimensional phenotyping after injury
  • Econometrics/economic evaluation
  • Quantifying injury burden

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How to Apply

Contact: Kim Smith, CRE Manager (kim.smith1@uq.edu.au).

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Clinical Fellowships

CRE-Compensable Injury will provide funding for six community-based clinician/insurance/compensation/law partners to be embedded in the research program and to undertake devoted time to research. The aim is to develop research skills of our community partners and to assist translation of research into clinical and legal practice.

Why join our Team?

  • Short-term funding of $8,000 
  • Dedicated supervisors
  • Participation in one of our clinical trials
  • Involvement in a research activity specific to your field
  • Support to co-publish in top-ranking journals
  • Multidisciplinary continuing education courses yearly as workshops at the annual CRE symposium

Supervisory Team experience

  • Highly established mentors and supervisors
  • Experienced across a range of injury-related areas including clinical trials, qualitative research, outcome prediction and risk screening, analysis of scheme designs, development of digital platforms, legal and economic factors

What disciplines can apply?

  • Healthcare disciplines (e.g., physiotherapy, psychology, occupational therapy, exercise physiology)
  • General Practitioners
  • Law
  • Public health
  • Insurance personnel

How to Apply

Contact: Kim Smith, CRE Manager (kim.smith1@uq.edu.au).

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