HLR for Health Professionals

Health Literacy Responsiveness for Health Professionals (HLR4HP): Measuring health literacy & health literacy responsiveness in health & social care professionals and students

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

This is an interdisciplinary College of Health and Medicine project involving representation from all 5 Schools. The research responds to an existing gap in the literature, as little is understood about the health literacy responsiveness (HLR) of health and social care professionals and those studying to join such professions. Understanding the ability of health and social care professionals to respond appropriately to their clients' health literacy needs will be a key step in the challenge to support and improve the health literacy of Tasmanians. Further, understanding the effectiveness of current university education in the development of health literacy responsiveness in future professionals will inform curriculum development and improvements.

This mixed-methods project will investigate the current health literacy responsiveness of health and social care professionals via online surveys, along with a longitudinal survey of health and care student health literacy responsiveness as they progress through their education. The research involves investigation of tools to measure HLR, as validated tools do not yet exist. Healthcare professionals will be approached to provide rich qualitative data about their perceptions of the health literacy needs of their clients and their ability to meet these needs, along with perceptions of the extent to which they were prepared to respond to their clients' health literacy needs by their tertiary education.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Claire Eccleston


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.


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 Claire Eccleston 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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