Design-led approach to healthcare services innovation and manufacturing of PPEs – EOI open 20 January to 20 February, 2022

Scholarship Opportunity

Opportunity: Design-led approach to healthcare services innovation and manufacturing of PPEs

This is a research scholarship for a qualified graduate interested in researching healthcare innovation by design. The PhD will focus in particular on the design of facial Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to deliver design guidelines and technical specifications for the manufacturing of PPEs that are comfortable, easy to use and easy to use by a diverse range of people.

About the Research Project:

Due to the pandemic, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) –specially the facial PPEs– have become a necessary item for everyone to use globally. The prolonged use of PPEs has impacted in multiple ways our frontline workers (nurses, doctors, healthcare professionals, policemen and women, etc), many of them suffering of skin lacerations, allergy reactions, etc to the different types of facial PPEs. How can facial PPEs be designed to be comfortable, suitable for all different type of people, and suitable for local manufacturing?

From a Human Centred Design approach, this project will make use of a range of qualitative and empirical design research methods including:

  • Interviews
  • Digital forums
  • Codesign
  • Field Observations

This is an opportunity for a PhD candidate to work on an industry-embedded transdisciplinary project. This project will be mentored by stakeholders in QLD Health and Clinical Excellence Queensland. The Principal Supervisor for this project will be Associate Professor Marianella Chamorro-Koc.

More Details: please visit QUT Study with Us Research Degree page, read about QUT Postgraduate Study, eligibility criteria, MPhil and PhD requirements and all 5 steps of the application process in the How to Apply instructions page.

Key dates

  • Applications open for 4 weeks: from Monday, 20th January to Sunday, 20th February
  • Applicants will need to provide their Research Proposal at the point of application (Expression of Interest)
  • Scoring of applications: Monday 14th March
  • Notification to successful candidate is notified of scholarship outcome: April



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