Evaluating TBI literacy in TBI MOOC participants

Understanding traumatic brain injury literacy through the “Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury MOOC”

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often referred to as a silent epidemic and has recently been identified by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) as a national priority. We know TBI occurs in higher rates in regional and remote areas with the outcomes of these individuals often being worse, due to a variety of factors including access to health care, rehabilitation services and general awareness. This project will assess the impact of the TBI massive open online course (MOOC) on awareness and understanding of TBI, to identify gaps in community knowledge that can lead to poor outcomes for individuals living with TBI. We will explore the use of innovative educational tools that include stories of lived experience to broaden Australians’ understanding of TBI. Education will cover the spectrum of injury from mild through to moderate-severe as well as the journey from the initial injury through to moving back into community.

Health literacy is defined as the knowledge and skills needed to find and use information for health decision making. Poor health literacy contributes to poorer health outcomes, given TBI occurs in higher numbers in rural and remote settings, this represents a significant challenge as health literacy levels are often low. This project will explore health literacy in the context of TBI and effectiveness of the MOOC.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Jenna Ziebell


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
  • 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.

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 Jenna Ziebell, 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 contact details of two 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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