Supporting workers to sit less and move more for their health and wellbeing

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Associate Professor Genevieve

The BeUpstanding™ program ( supports desk-based work teams to sit less and move more, for better health and wellbeing.  Developed by the researchers at the School of Public Health, the University of Queensland, the program is currently being evaluated through a national implementation trial. Findings from the implementation trial will inform future wide-scale dissemination efforts, as well as national and international policy and practice.

We are now seeking HDR students to join the BeUpstanding team and be part of this world-first workplace health promotion initiative. Specifically, we are looking for students to lead a program of work across five streams (five different HDRs): small business, rural and regional workers, large organisations, universities, and call centres. Within each stream, the broad aims of the HDR research will be:

  1. To determine the facilitators and barriers to delivery of BeUpstanding using a mixed methods approach.
  2. To develop implementation strategy(s) to assist in delivering BeUpstanding using a stakeholder engagement process.
  3. To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the implementation strategy(s) via a pilot study(s).

This unique opportunity would suit students with a background in health promotion, public health, health psychology, implementation science, and human movement studies. Excellent communication skills are essential as you will be working with employers and employees.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of workplace health promotion, qualitative and quantitative research methods and behaviour change would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of health promotion, health psychology, organisational psychology, implementation science, behaviour science and the potential for scholastic success.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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