Trevor Mast Research Scholarship

- Younger Onset Dementia Education for Carers

- Access to extensive number of Residential Aged Care homes

- Mercy Health office space available


About the Scholarship

This is the perfect opportunity for academics, clinicians, trainers or clinical educators who have an interest in education and Younger Onset Dementia.  The research grant is in place to explore the support and education requirements of carers looking after persons with Younger Onset Dementia.  The key goal is to determine what are the future training needs for Younger Onset Dementia paid carers and how they differ from traditional training for the Aged Care workforce.  What are the care skills required to provide a meaningful lifestyle for persons with high care needs due to Younger Onset Dementia?  What is the most appropriate delivery mode for training for this group of carers? The proposed outcome is training specifications ready for translation into a learning package by a technical app/online developer or training institute.

The role is a joint initiative between The Lovell Foundation and Mercy Health.


About The Lovell Foundation

The Lovell Foundation aims to provide a better option for long term accommodation services for people diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia and their families. The Foundation wishes to establish facilities that allow for a stimulating, age appropriate environment where residents can maintain rewarding lives, and receive a variety of therapies that will perpetuate health, stimulate existing intellectual capabilities and encourage emotional wellbeing. Their dream is provide accommodation that incorporates an activity centre which will be a family-friendly inclusive environment capable of supporting people requiring respite, support and expertise, particularly during the late stage of dementia or where home-based support is no longer sustainable or needs to be supplemented.


About Mercy Health

Mercy Health is a Catholic organisation employing over 6,500 people who provide compassionate and holistic care through our acute hospitals, aged care facilities, mental health programs, palliative and respite services, maternity and women's health services, early parenting services and home care services.


Mercy Health operates a model of care which is a resident centred approach to aged care and is focused on relationships and enabling active participation in life. The underlying principle is to assist in keeping residents as independent, active and as socially connected to their family, friends and community for as long as possible.  We believe our people play a key role in providing care that meets residents' individual needs and interests and nurtures companionship to enable each person to enjoy an enriched and meaningful life.



  • - Access to Younger Onset Dementia clients, family and carers via The Lovell Foundation.

  • - Access to Mercy Health Aged Care homes.

  • - Office accommodation, if required, and support within Mercy Health.

  • - Reference/steering group to provide guidance and support throughout project.


Selection Criteria

  • - Relevance to key research goals

  • - Relevant tertiary qualifications

  • - Undertake independent research with limited supervision

  • - Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and to use initiative

  • - Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills

  • - Relevant research skills


The successful appointee will be required to provide a National Police Certificate specifying Aged Care and a Statutory Declaration (Aged Care Act 1997 (Cth)).


Research Scholarship Value: $50,000


Duration: 6 - 9 months


How to apply:   Please submit the following information to Kaye Rollinson via

  • - An executive summary – outlining how the proposed research scholarship links with the research goals;

  • - Outline of proposed research;

  • - High level project plan;

  • - Academic linkages; and

  • - Past experience.

Enquiries to: Kaye Rollinson, Mercy Health via 03 8416 7977 or

Applications Close: Sunday 22 November 2015

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