HDR Scholarship - Movement behaviours for toddlers

Updated: 12 days ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Project Supervisor

A/Prof Kylie Hesketh


School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences


Faculty of Health


Melbourne Burwood Campus

An opportunity exists within Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) to undertake a PhD related to a NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) funded project. This project will use a RCT design to trial an m-health program for parents of two-year-olds, empowering them to ensure their child has more active play, less time sitting and gets enough sleep.

Project aim

The successful candidate will work with the research supervision team to develop a program of research within the topic area of ‘m-Health to help parents enhance movement behaviours (physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep) for toddlers’. The student will conduct complementary analyses investigating either parental engagement with the smartphone intervention, or associations between parenting and children’s behaviour (active play, sitting and/or sleep), or another related topic, extending the core aims of the study.

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Undergraduate degree or experience in an area relevant to the topic (e.g. public health, child health, m-Health, physical activity, psychology)

For more information about this scholarship, please contact A/Prof Kylie Hesketh

A/Prof Kylie Hesketh
ARC Future Fellow
Email Kylie Hesketh
+61 3 9244 6812

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