Arts for Agitation in Dementia

Perspectives on Arts-based Interventions to Address Symptoms of Agitation for People with Dementia

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

Agitation associated with dementia is one of the challenging symptoms for carers and has a significant impact on the well-being of people with dementia. Identifying effective non-pharmacological interventions is imperative to improving quality of life. This project is focused on the evaluation of arts-based interventions for agitation and the impacts on quality of life and wellbeing for people with dementia and their carers.  Applicants may propose a participatory arts-based intervention for people with dementia that they will both conduct and evaluate, taking into account perspectives of participants and carers, OR they may research perspectives of carers and people with dementia on their experiences of arts-based programs designed for Tasmanians living with dementia.

This project may have a part-time study option available. Some restrictions may apply. Please discuss your preference with the Supervisor and note your preferred study option when applying.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Anne-Marie Forbes


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 $31,500 per annum (2023 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.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


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

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Honours or Postgraduate Qualification in Creative Arts Therapies, Dementia Care or in a discipline of Creative Arts
  • Successful candidates will need to obtain Tasmanian Registration for Working with Vulnerable People

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience working with people with dementia, or employing arts in healthcare environments
  • Experience with qualitative research methods, data collection and analysis

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact A/Prof Anne-Marie Forbes to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • 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.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the 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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