Announcing the winner of the 2022 Inaugural Health Research Scholarhip

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The Australian Health Design Council is proud to announce the winner of the 2022 Health Design Scholarship as Katharina Nieberler-Walker who is undertaking a PhD at Griffith University, QLD, investigating Therapeutic Hospital Gardens. Katharina has previously published a well received article in this blog – see it here. Designing Therapeutic Hospital Gardens (THG) Globally

The AHDC Scholarship Committee was very pleased at the quality of the applicants for this inaugural scholarship with five high quality applications received. We hope that this scholarship scheme will support the creation of future research of use and interest to Australian and New Zealand hospital designers/health facilities.

We plan on showcasing each of the applicants’ work in future blog posts and we encourage you to read and respond as these are published.

We also also encourage all researchers to consider undertaking post graduate research studies – PhD (or equivalent) or Masters by Research at Australian or NZ universities in the future. Conditions of the scholarships require that applicants be Australian or New Zealand permanent residents or citizens so that the research knowledge generated remains local and of use to our specific health systems. We also prefer that students be in the earlier phases of their studies such as at Confirmation for PhD students or similar milestones for other research programs.

The scholarship program allows for up to $5,000 per annum for three years (total $15,000) for PhD or equivalent students or a one-off payment of $5,000 for a Masters by Research student. All in AUD.

Interested applicants must demonstrate the relevance of their research to health building design and we require that the supervisory team should include a member with architectural or other health building design qualifications and experience. Applicants must also be financial members of AHDC.

For more information please go to Design for Health Scholarship

Published by Jane Repin Carthey

First-time blogger, founder of the Australian Health Design Council, health architect, academic, evidence-based design practitioner and advocate.