Harold and Sylvia Rowell PhD Scholarship

2016 Harold and Sylvia Rowell PhD Scholarship applications are now closed.

Further to assessment by the MDWA Research Advisory Committee, successful applicants will be recommended to the MDWA Board for approval on Thursday 24 March 2016.

Following MDWA Board endorsement, all applicants will be notified of an outcome by the latest Thursday 3 April 2016.

Please direct any enquiries to research@mdwa.org.au


The Harold anHarold and Sylvia Rowelld Sylvia Rowell PhD Scholarship was made possible through a most generous bequest from the Estates of Harold and Sylvia Rowell, in 2013.  Following consultation with the Rowell family and in accordance with the 2012-2015 Muscular Dystrophy WA Strategic Plan, it a significant amount of funds was allocated to annual research scholarships, hence known as the Harold & Sylvia Rowell Scholarship. Scholarship funding is available annually with research relevant to people with muscular dystrophy directed towards the following areas: clinical, epidemiological, basic science, consumer, social or community based.

In February 2014, the inaugural Muscular Dystrophy WA Harold and Sylvia Rowell PhD Scholarship was awarded to physiotherapist, Vivienne Travlos.  Vivienne is a lecturer within the School of Physiotherapy University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) and a clinician at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.  The study undertaken by Mrs Travlos is a collaborative effort between researchers, patient organisations and clinicians across the country.VivienneTravlos[1]

The My Life My Voice Teen NMD Study sets out to review the current health and well-being of 14-19 year old teenagers living with a neuromuscular disease (NMD) in Australia and New Zealand.  The study further seeks to give teenagers a voice in scientific research by exploring teenagers’ thoughts about health, well-being and engagement.  This research aims to support understanding of the varied functional abilities of teenagers living with NMD.

Vivienne recently had her first paper published in the international journal – NeuroRehabilitation. Click here to read – A fine balance and a shared learning journey: Exploring healthcare engagement through the experiences of youth with Neuromuscular Disorders