This scholarship is funded by the The Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC). Deakin University in partnership with the AGIC will undertake a project investigating associations between participation in golf and mental health and well-being outcomes. Recent evidence indicates that social isolation and loneliness is an emerging public health issue particularly among younger (15-25 yo) and older (75+ yo) groups. Research has also linked social isolation and loneliness with depression, poorer cardiovascular health and, for the elderly, more rapid cognitive decline. A number of interventions have been proposed to both prevent and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. Recreational activities that promote intergenerational interaction and incorporate social spaces and activities have been identified as important potential approaches. Golf is a popular sport in Australia. It involves low-intensity activity but still provides important physical and mental health benefits. Significantly golf also has a strong social and community focus. Thus, the proposed research seeks to address the question ‘can participation in golf help promote physical and mental health through enabling social and community connections and reducing social isolation and loneliness?’ Applicants can apply separately for other scholarships.
The AGIC was established in 2006 as a group comprising the key bodies of the golf industry in Australia, designed to work together for the common good of the game. The Council is made up of representatives from Golf Australia, the PGA of Australia, Australian Ladies Professional Golf, Australian Sporting Goods Association, Golf Management Australia, Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association, Society of Australian Golf Course Architects and Public Golf Facilities Australia.
The aims of the project are to:
1. Conduct a review of the literature regarding the physical and mental health benefits associated with participation in golf (and/or similar activities) including broader individual (e.g. reduced perceptions of social isolation and loneliness) and social impacts (e.g. social networks, social cohesion).
2. Undertake a sequence of studies that will use qualitative (interviews, focus group) and quantitative (survey) methods to examine the impacts of participation in the sport of golf on individual mental health and well-being outcomes as well as broader community outcomes including social capital, social cohesion and isolation/loneliness.
3. Develop an evidence-based framework that indicates summarises the identified physical and mental health benefits associated with participation in golf.
Applications will remain open until a candidate is found
This scholarship is available over 3 years.
- Stipend of $10,000 per annum tax exempt
To be eligible you must:
- be a domestic student
- meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
- be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.
Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.
Additional desirable criteria include:
- A background in one or more of the disciplines of psychology, public health and exercise and sport science
- An interest in the field of mental health and well-being as well as an interest and/or experience with community-level sport, particularly golf, would provide candidates with a distinct advantage
- High level written communication skills and computer literacy
- The ability to work within a team and autonomously
How to apply
Learn more about submitting a successful application on the How to apply page
For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Peter Kremer
Dr Peter Kremer
Senior Lecturer of Sport Behaviour and Motor Learning
Email Peter Kremer
+61 3 522 73396