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

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Implementing “sit less, move more” in healthcare'.

Project Supervisor

Prof David Dunstan (Baker Institute)

Additional Supervision


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

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 a clear need to develop and test innovative approaches to address this evidence-to-practice gap and gather implementation-relevant evidence that can inform much-needed new healthcare practices to reduce the burden of chronic health conditions for Australians.

Project aim

There is an opportunity for a PhD student to join the Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes to undertake work to implement and evaluate a “sit less, move more” intervention within the healthcare setting. This intervention will be developed in collaboration with stakeholders and end-users (patients, practitioners, providers) and will be developed to be delivered at scale. In doing so, it will provide new evidence to inform transformative changes to practice for physically-inactive adults at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and dementia.

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $33,500 per annum tax exempt (2023 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate
  • International students only:  Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
  • 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.

How to apply

Please apply using the Find a Research Supervisor tool


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof David Dunstan or Dr Michael Wheeler

Prof David Dunstan
Email Prof David Dunstan (Baker Institute)
+61 3 8532 1873

Dr Anna Chapman
Email Dr Anna Chapman
+61 3 924 68805