Impact of Trauma Training

What is the impact of a Government initiated trauma-informed practice program on Tasmanian student outcomes?

Degree type


Closing date

10 October 2022


Hobart, Launceston

Citizenship requirement


About the research project

A mixed-methods PhD project is being offered to explore the impact of a unique trauma-informed practice professional development program for all school staff working in Tasmanian government funded schools.

In early 2022, the Australian Childhood Foundation, in partnership with UTAS, was awarded a tender to design and teach trauma informed practice to all staff at Tasmanian government schools via online and interactive components. Phase 1; Online Training commenced in October 2022 and Phase 2: Interactive Training will start in 2023. While there are a small number of evaluation questions connected to the training, exploring the fidelity, dose, impact and perception of the whole training program will provide valuable information about this internationally unique approach to changing a whole region's approach to schooling.

Components of the proposed research include quantitative and qualitative methodology . The project will aim to identify contexts, mechanisms, impact and perceptions of the education program and provide recommendations about the applicability of the approach and content to service providers, researchers and other stakeholders.

The results will inform the development of an evidence-based intervention or approach with the potential to change the policy and practice environments provided to school students at both the nationally and international levels. In addition, the findings will also be applicable beyond the education sector and could lead to interventions to enable and facilitate changes within other sectors (for example health).

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Karen Martin


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.


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.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Ability to communicate with professionals within Government and other professional environments
  • Enthusiasm and motivation to improve the education and health of disadvantaged children and communities
  • Ability to problem-solve and troubleshoot issue arising during the various research phases
  • Willing to be collaborative and interactive with other students, academics and other relevant stakeholders

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Knowledge about evaluation research methodologies
  • Knowledge about quantitative and/or qualitative research methodology

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, Prof Karen Martin 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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