HealthLit4Kids: Scalable & Sustainable?

Scaling-up HealthLit4Kids: evaluation of implementation of a school-based health literacy development program.

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

This study aims to understand what works for whom in what circumstances and how in relation to implementing the HealthLit4Kids program at Australian primary schools. The questions asked will include:

  • Does the implementation mode affect the success of the program?
  • What factors are barriers and enablers of HealthLit4Kids implementation?
  • Does the program work as intended?
  • What factors impact scalability of HealthLit4Kids?
  • What factors support the retention/perception of quality in each of the offerings?

This research seeks to compare the implementation and effectiveness of the program across the three modes of Professional Learning (PL): self, supported and facilitated implementation, and support features (workshop and Facebook group/CoP). This research will be carried out in 4 Phases:

  1. Literature review to characterize the successful translation of research into program delivery in communities (Scoping review).
  2. Identification of program theories (CMOcs) from 'research' phase (Realist Evaluation)
  3. Exploration of program theories (CMOcs) from 'practice' phase. (Realist Evaluation) - 42 schools (2024), 47 schools (2025).
    Evaluation data from: Approx. 42 Principals, 672 Teachers, 13,800 Children and 26400 Parents from 42 Diverse Schools.
  4. Confirmation of PL models (Discreet Choice Experiment).

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:

  • Working knowledge of health literacy in practice and education settings
  • Masters in Public Health (MPH) - awareness of the role of social determinants of health in Australia and recognition of health literacy as a social determinant of health
  • Intimate knowledge of the School Professional Learning offerings that are being evaluated

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:

  • Competence using a range of computer software including wordpress, word-processing, spread sheets, statistical and graphics programs
  • Good communication skills including oral, written and interpersonal and a demonstrated ability to work productively and harmoniously as part of a team
  • Organisational skills and the ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and to use initiative

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience with Evaluation Research

Application process

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