Preventing Poor Health across the Lifespan through Education and Technology

The Research Project

Increased sedentariness within our society is connected to a range of downstream, adverse health conditions. As governments have begun to recognise this growing concern, preventative approaches aimed to limit healthcare costs have become a priority. In an effort to help prevent the onset of chronic disease and disability, education about this health hazard is at the forefront of the multifaceted research projects conducted within the Faculty of Education Active Work Laboratory. The projects within our lab are predicated on educating individuals on the importance of developing age-appropriate motor skills and healthy behaviours across their lifespan. More specifically, we are interested in researching technology-based interventions to achieve this goal. We currently investigate workplace solutions (e.g., "hot desks" and Exertime computer prompting software) to address sedentary behaviours exhibited by office-working adults. Concurrently, we have designed projects to examine the use of exergames to help children combat sedentary lifestyles, and develop lifelong psychomotor skills. In addition, we are interested in exploring the use of active gaming technology to educate a broader audience, such as older populations and individuals with disabilities, about how movement strategies can contribute to a lifelong healthy lifestyle.  These topics fit within the university's research theme of Better Health.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this project:

  • The project is open to Australian (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • If a scholarship is awarded, the candidate must enrol as a full-time student.
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. When contacting the Supervisor, please include the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of your interest with respect to the topic outlined above
  • A writing sample (e.g. thesis, journal article or equivalent)

More information

Please contact Scott.Pedersen@utas.edu.au for more information.