Promoting wellbeing through arts and creativity

Using the arts and creativity to promote wellbeing and better health

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

This project supports interdisciplinary research into the potential benefits of the use of creative arts (eg. Music, visual arts, theatre, dance) for health and wellbeing outcomes. A doctoral candidate is sought to contribute to the implementation and evaluation of programs using one or more art forms for specific cohorts in the Tasmanian community.

Proposed projects investigating the impact of creative arts for people with dementia or in rehabilitation, or removing barriers to engagement with the arts may be prioritized. Mixed method research methodologies will be employed to evaluate practical projects, which may include monitoring of physiological markers, data handling and biostatistics.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Anne-Marie Forbes


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or a Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years;
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000; and
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Full-time study only and projects must be undertaken in Tasmania
  • Quality and feasibility of proposal
  • Relevant practical experience applying arts in health
  • Research experience, analytical and excellent communication skills
  • Professional creative practice in music, visual arts, theatre or dance
  • Experience in a health care environment (Police checks and registration to work with vulnerable people will be required prior to commencement of project)

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, A/Prof Anne-Marie Forbes, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the long title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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