Health, stress and resilience

Understanding health, stress and resilience in the over 50s in Tasmania

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

10 October 2022

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

As we age, stressful events can impact our mental and physical health while imparting risk for neurodegenerative disease. These events can take many forms, but increasingly they include natural disasters such as bushfires, whose frequency and severity are increasing. In order to assist older people to age well in a warming climate, it is vital to understand the detrimental effects of stress, trauma and natural disasters on health and wellbeing in older age. Who is most affected and why? This project will investigate health, stress and resilience among Tasmanians aged 50 years and over, exploring how stress exposure, stress biomarkers and resilience-related measures relate to trajectories of change in mental/physical health and cognition. It will involve analysis of baseline data already collected in the ISLAND Resilience Initiative, a 10 year longitudinal study involving 1400 Tasmanian participants aged 50 years and over. It will also provide the opportunity for ongoing data collection to capture the impacts of future stressors such as natural disasters. This work will shed light on determinants of resilience among older people, paving the way for new evidence-based strategies to assist older people to recover and grow following stress and trauma.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Duncan Sinclair

Funding

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 $28,854 per annum (2022 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.

Eligibility

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

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.

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, Dr Duncan Sinclair to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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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