Family Services Program Development

Integrated Family Support Services Program Development and Sustainable Evidence-Based Program Implementation

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022


Hobart, Launceston

Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Baptcare as a joint lead of Integrated Family Support Services in Tasmania is implementing evidence-based approaches and programs for the benefit of at-risk families and children while continuing to improve existing programs.

This project aims to increase positive outcomes for families and children across the state and to inform and prepare the organisation for future evaluation projects.

The project focuses on the current suite of evidence-based programs in integrated family support that Baptcare has implemented over the past 5 years. This project will investigate the sustainability of the programs and make recommendations on improvements that are required or have been implemented in other jurisdictions with documented success.  The project will include measurement and analysis of consumer outcomes data to evidence recommendations and necessary program improvements.

There is scope within this project to research new promising evidence-based programs and ‘common elements approaches’ with potential for success in Tasmania. There will be opportunities to liaise with other agencies to improve programs across the Integrated Family Support Services Alliance.

A research advisor from Baptcare will contribute to the project.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Sonya Stanford


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:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research method skills
  • A relevant professional background in the human services sector
  • Has up-to-date Registration to Work with Vulnerable People

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.

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, A/Prof Sonya Stanford 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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