mHealth for stroke prevention

Personalised Knowledge to Reduce the Risk of Stroke (PERKS-International): An mHealth intervention for stroke prevention

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

It is estimated that around 80% of strokes can be prevented because they are caused by risk factors that we can manage through changes to behaviours or taking medications. While we know this, we have few evidence-based interventions to help people identify and manage their risk factors for stroke. The Personalised Knowledge to Reduce the Risk of Stroke (PERKS-International) randomised controlled trial is an international, multicentre trial testing the effectiveness of a mobile phone application that can help people to identify and manage their stroke risk factors. The trial is recruiting 800 people across Australia and New Zealand with recruitment complete by late 2023 and primary outcome assessments complete by mid-2024. We have an opportunity for a PhD student to join our international team on the analysis of data from this world-first trial. The project would suit people with expertise in a number of areas including epidemiology, biostatistics, primary care or psychology. 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 applicant 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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