A Smart-Heart ecosystem to improve self-management behaviours in people with heart failure

As part of an NHMRC-funded IDEAS grant, we have two scholarship positions for PhD candidates to join the digital health team. Our IDEAS grant aims to design, develop and evaluate a Smart-Heart ecosystem to support self-management for people living with heart failure.

Project supervisor(s)

Professor Ralph Maddison

The Smart-Heart ecosystem will enable individualised monitoring of symptoms, and adherence to medications and healthy lifestyle behaviours, via a comprehensive network of internet-connected sensors. Predictive modelling will anticipate the need for medical and self-management support and will provide feedback and alerts to patients, carers and/or healthcare providers when needed. Key behaviour change techniques, gamification, and tailored information will be integrated to maximise effectives, and facilitate empowerment, uptake and engagement, leading to improved self-management and health outcomes.

We are seeking PhD candidates interested in working on Smart Heart-related topics, which can include:

  • Understanding optimal intervention features for a Smart Heart ecosystem;
  • How to engage people to use a Smart Heart ecosystem for supporting self-management; and
  • Exploring the role of digital health literacy.

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree with first class Honours degree or equivalent Master’s degree with a substantial research component in a relevant field including health sciences, psychology, or information technology. Please refer to the entry pathways to higher degrees by research for further information.

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