Using e-health for post COVID wellbeing at work

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

PhD project proposals are being appraised by the UTAS Active Work Lab cross-disciplinary research team for consideration to expand our investigation into the effectiveness of e-health strategies for educating the public about health behaviour change. The lab is dedicated to developing and using e-health strategies to address unhealthy work behaviours, such as prolonged sitting. Recently, COVID-19 has changed the office work environment. Many employees now and will, for the foreseeable future, work remotely. To date, it appears that remote working environments adversely affect a range of health indices. The COVID-19 health crisis has created a need for an innovative, sustainable, modifiable, e-health solution to address the physical inactivity pandemic that persists in 2020.

Thus, our ongoing work will encompass PhD project proposals which use persuasive technology strategies to improve employee adherence to and compliance with healthy behaviour initiatives. A multi-disciplinary lens, utilising experts from the fields of educational psychology, digital programming, and workplace mental health will be available to help promising applicants personalise a project that identifies relevant variables for investigation. During this project, a national sample of data will be collected remotely, analysed and compared to our local Tasmanian findings so we can tailor marketable, global e-health solutions that include the physical, mental, and social health considerations for geographically neutral employees.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Scott Pedersen


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or 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.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Health
  • Psychology
  • Business
  • ICT

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:

  • Programming skills in C#/JavaScript/PHP/ASP.Net
  • Operation skills in Windows or Linux based server

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, Dr Scott Pedersen, 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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