Determinants of health in North-West Tasmania

Understanding how place interacts with social and environmental determinants of health across NW Tasmania (CAPITOL and beyond – healthy life trajectories in North-West Tasmania)

Degree type


Closing date

22 November 2021


Cradle Coast

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

We know that social and environmental contexts have a major influence on health outcomes. This is true in the NW of Tasmania, where social determinants of health, including socioeconomic conditions, employment, and social support, are reflected in poor health outcomes. Despite social and environmental factors in the region having negative impacts on health, NW Tasmania has many environmental conditions that are supportive of good health outcomes – green environments, and good air and water quality. Most of the evidence generated to support thinking on how social and environmental context influences health outcomes has occurred in large population centres, looking for generalisable patterns that occur across settlements. Yet place is important – in any particular settlement, unique local factors are likely to be particularly important in shaping health outcomes – environmental, social, and cultural.

This study aims to explore the spatial distribution of social and environmental factors thought likely to influence health outcomes across Tasmania’s NW, and pair this with a place-based approach to understanding the influence on health outcomes.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Andrew Hills


The scholarship supporting this project 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;
  • a tuition fee scholarship for up to 4 years (successful domestic applicants will be awarded an RTP Fees Offset and successful international applicants will be awarded a University of Tasmania Fees Offset)

The scholarship supporting this project is funded by the University of Tasmania and the Australian Government through the Research Training Program.


The project is open to domestic (Australia 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 PhD minimum entry requirements.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • public health, geography, health promotion, exercise and sports science, nutrition, psychology, or another relevant field

Selection Criteria

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

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof Andrew Hills, 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 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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