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Accounting for Patient Mix Choices in Public Hospitals


School of Accounting

Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This PhD explores the financial performance evaluation journey of approximately 100,000 public hospital patients.

The aim is to optimise patient mix choices from both clinical and accounting perspectives Increasing inflation in the health sector generates debates over patient treatment costs and funding. This research engages with accountants and clinicians on optimal performance management systems that support the administration of this public good.

This PhD provides an exciting opportunity to work alongside other researchers, both accountants and clinicians with an interest in the Choosing Wisely® initiative in one of Melbourne’s large teaching hospitals.

The patient journey dataset has already been developed for performance management training purposes and is intended to be useful for accountant and clinician alike.

The successful candidate will be required to explore this model’s effectiveness in engaging communication between accountant and clinician administrators. Research is required to test and refine the model’s use in practice and generate further narratives from the field to optimise knowledge of performance evaluation and patient mix choices in public hospitals.

The successful candidate will be enrolled in the School of Accounting at RMIT University and be supervised by Dr. Gillian Vesty and a clinical co-supervisor. The candidate would also be supported by an established project team with interests in building training tools for education of management accountants in public healthcare.

Proposed Postgraduate Research Programme

School: School of Accounting
Course code: DR200 Program name: PhD (Accounting)
Enabling Capability Platform (ECP) - https://www.rmit.edu.au/research/research-expertise/our-focus/enabling-capability-platforms
Alignment : Global Business Innovation

Supervisory Team

Associate Professor Prem Yapa/ Dr. Venkat Narayanan (HDR coordinator)
Dr. Gillian Vesty

Academic Contact

HDR Coordinator, Dr Venkat Narayanan -

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