Venturing out

Venturing out: Investigating the benefits of supported nature connection for dementia wellbeing

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

This research project aims to investigate and understand the benefits of supported nature connection on wellbeing for people living with dementia and their care partners.  
This work Is part of a larger co-design project that is establishing a long-running Living Green Lab in Tasmania. It utilises and builds upon our Green Lab research design, and supports further work with practice partners and community stakeholders, including people living with dementia and their care-partners.
The project will take a mixed methods approach, framed by the Green Lab Randomised Control Trial model. It will focus on:

  • Understanding the subjective, lived experiences of nature connection post-diagnosis of dementia
  • Identifying, monitoring and analysing subjective and objective indicators of dementia wellbeing
  • Demonstrating the enrichers and enablers of therapeutic nature connection
    Translating research findings into policy and practice outcomes

Your explorations may employ a range of research methods. Of particular interest are visual-based, creative and participatory design methods, sensitive to the nature of communicating while living with dementia.  
The project will be supervised by Pauline Marsh and members of the Venture Out Research Group.

Primary Supervisor

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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:

  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Demonstrated skills and interest in working with people living with dementia and their care-partners; interest and skills in outdoor health

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Pauline Marsh 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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