Equity in implementation and scale-up of population physical activity and nutrition interventions targeting infants and children
This project aims to identify factors and strategies that impact the implementation and scaling up of population physical activity and nutrition interventions targeting infants and children, and how these contribute to impacting equity in health.
Successful scale-up of public health interventions is fundamental to equitable and sustainable population health improvement. Issues surrounding the health equity of physical activity and nutrition promotion approaches are well-documented, however, to date, there has been a lack of focus on equity in implementation and scale-up. This is particularly problematic as rates of inactivity and poor dietary intakes in Australia are greater amongst those experiencing social disadvantage, contributing to inequities in obesity and other adverse health outcomes. More recently, there have been calls for implementation research to adopt an explicit focus on equity when studying research-practice translation.
This PhD will use data from two physical activity and nutrition interventions targeting infants and children, currently being scaled up in Australia by academics, in partnership with governments. This PhD will also provide the opportunity to collect new data and collaborate internationally.
Further details and prerequisites:
The opportunity is open to domestic and international students
Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree with Honours or a Master’s degree with a substantial research component, or equivalent, in health promotion, implementation science, public health, nutrition or exercise science.
Applicants must have experience in quantitative and qualitative methodology.
Fluency in verbal and written English (evidence of English proficiency is required), highly motivated and able to work in a multidisciplinary team.
Previous research or practice-based experience in the education system, health system, intervention implementation/evaluation, and/or health policy is desirable but not essential.
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