Using the Youth Activity Profile tool to determine just how active children really are

Project supervisor(s)

Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon

It is important for government, schools, teachers, parents and others to capture accurate estimates of children’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Australia. It is also of benefit to compare how Australian children are tracking compared to other countries such as the US, UK and Europe. The Youth Activity Profile (YAP) has been shown to accurately estimate US primary school children’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour and provides the potential to monitor compliance with physical activity guidelines. However, this tool has yet to be tested and calibrated with Australian youth.

Aim of the project

The aim of this PhD project is to undertake the calibration and validation of the YAP in Australian youth.


Applicants will have an undergraduate degree with Honours (First class) in a relevant discipline, such as Exercise and Sport Science, Health Sciences or Public Health. Interested students must meet Deakin University’s PhD eligibility requirements. Please refer to the entry pathways to higher degrees by research for further information. We will work with suitably qualified applicants to apply for scholarship funding.

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