Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes

PhD Opportunities

We’re seeking PhD students to work with us within in the Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes in the department’s four research pillars.

Opportunities within the Department are currently available for domestic and international students residing in Australia.

HDR Scholarship – Implementing “sit less, move more” in healthcare

Physical activity is one of the most powerful modifiable risk factors for chronic disease, yet its adoption in Australian healthcare remains low and evidence-based physical activity interventions have rarely been implemented in primary care and clinical settings. There is an opportunity for a PhD student to join the Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes for this scholarship opportunity to implement and evaluate a “sit less, move more” intervention within the healthcare setting.

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HDR Scholarship – Health impact of working from home

The new “working from home” model has created much needed flexibility for workers in the face of COVID restrictions. However, it has also cut opportunities for active commuting, incidental physical activity, and social interaction associated with face-to-face meetings. It is unknown what the toll of this will be on metabolic and cognitive health. This PhD scholarship opportunity, with the Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes, will investigate whether the working from home model poses a health risk to portions of the population due to changes in the pattern of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and social interaction throughout the day.

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