ACH & UniSA 'Activity for Well-being' PhD Scholarship

ACH Scholarship

This exciting opportunity will be focussed around testing the efficacy and feasibility of affect-regulated activity in the aged-care workforce demographic. The research will be conducted across ACH Group workforce sites in Adelaide to:

  • Determine the health and well-being status of the employees who volunteer to be part of the study
  • Design and deliver a customised activity intervention to improve the health and well-being of up to 150 ACH Group employees
  • Provide individual and group support and resources to promote behaviour change regarding physical activity and well-being
  • Evaluate the effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability of the intervention across the sites

The position would be suitable for a well-qualified human movement, sports science, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, or occupational therapy graduate.

Exercise and Sports Science at UniSA

The University of South Australia being ranked as one of only five institutions in Australia performing above world standard in both Nutrition and Dietetics research and Human Movement and Sports Science research in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia audit by the Australian Research Council.

The Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) formed in September 2014 investigates the role of exercise, nutrition and activity for improving health, physical and psychological function, and sports performance in populations ranging from children to elite athletes and people with chronic disease. ARENA was created via the merging of three former research concentrations, the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre (NPRC), the Health and Use of Time Research Group (HUT) and the Exercise, Health and Human Performance Group (EHHP).


Key information and dates

  • Total scholarship package at $30,000
    per annum
  • Honours in Human Movement, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of Australia
  • Applications close 9 November 2015

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Gaynor ParfittAssociate Professor Gaynor Parfitt

Gaynor joined the School of Health Sciences as an Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2011. Previously, she held positions in the School of Sport and Health Sciences at Exeter University, England (2004-2011) and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University, Wales (1989-2004).

Gaynor is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and an Honorary Research Fellow of Baptist University of Hong Kong. Her early research was in the area of anxiety and performance, during which she worked with a number of international squads.

More recently, Gaynor’s research has focused upon the chronic effects of exercise on psychological health in children; methods to motivate exercise behaviour change within community and rehabilitation environments; and mechanisms associated with the affect-exercise intensity relationship. Her research with sedentary and active children and adults has employed quantitative and qualitative methodologies to understand the mechanisms and processes integral to psychological health and exercise behaviour.


Roger EstonProfessor Roger Eston

Professor Roger Eston is positioned among leading sport and exercise scientists worldwide. Author and editor of the highly acclaimed, two-volume, 3rd editions of Kinanthropometry and Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manuals. He has authored over 200 papers in sport and exercise science including studies on strength, performance, effort perception, exercise induced muscle damage and body composition.

He has supervised 25 PhD and 31 MSc to completion; externally examined 31 PhD and 4 MPhil/MScRes. He is currently supervising 2 PhD. Roger was formerly Professor of Human Physiology at Bangor and Exeter Universities , with 5-year terms as Head of the respective Schools of Sport and Health Sciences.

He was appointed as Head of the School of Health Sciences in 2011.

Contact Roger (via Ryan McEachen)

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