eHealth interventions to prevent stroke

Love Your Brain: A digital health platform for preventing stroke

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

‘Love Your Brain’ is a community-based co-designed digital health platform for stroke prevention. Funded by the Medical Research Future Fund and is a collaboration between the University of Tasmania, Monash University and Stroke Foundation. The project is developing and testing a digital health platform ‘Love Your Brain’ that will reduce the incidence of stroke in Australia by helping people identify and manage their risk factors. The project is building on the existing Stroke Foundation nationwide StrokeSafe program of face-to-face and online community education events by supplementing it with novel digital online and SMS components tested in a randomised controlled trial. In the trial we are testing a primary outcome of whether these digital interventions can increase people going to their general practitioner to get a detailed assessment of their stroke risk factors. The co-design process for the platform is underway with pilot testing to begin in 2024, with the trial conducted through 2024 to 2025. We have an opportunity for a PhD student to join our interdisciplinary team on this exciting project. The project would suit people with skills in a wide range of health-related areas including health psychology, education, epidemiology, health sciences and general practice. The successful candidate would join a high-performing interdisciplinary research team based at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in Hobart.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Seana Gall


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:

  • The successful candidate will have demonstrated high performance in a relevant area of undergraduate study in a health-related area
  • The successful candidate will have demonstrated research skills either through completion of an honours degree or other demonstrated research experience

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact A/Prof Seana Gall 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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