Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Dr Margarita Tsiros

Main Campus
City East

Applications Close
11 Dec 2022

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
$28,854 p.a. available to domestic applicants only

About this project

Develop strategies to tackle childhood obesity

If you are seeking to advance your career in chronic diseases and you are passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of children with overweight or obesity, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a project-based research degree within the IIMPACT in Health Research Concentration. 

Overweight and obesity is an urgent and serious issue impacting 1 in 4 Australian children. It’s crucial for children to be physically active, but this can be challenging for those above a healthy weight who may experience pain and movement difficulties. Allied health professionals are ideally situated to help children with obesity move well to move more, but there are clear gaps in evidence-based practice. Using evidence-informed consensus approaches, this research will develop real-world clinical tools that will help clinicians quickly identify movement difficulties and provide early interventions. This project will build capacity among allied health professionals, supporting healthy weight management to improve child health and well-being in the long term. 

What you’ll do

In this project-based research degree, you will undertake a range of research processes, including designing studies, surveys and tools; applying for ethics clearance; undertaking quality assurance; recruiting study participants; and collecting, analysing and disseminating data and findings.  

You will have the chance to lead author scientific journal articles arising from the research and will be encouraged to communicate and disseminate research findings at conferences and through professional networks. You will learn a variety of research approaches and develop strategies/resources to support clinical practice change. The project gives you the opportunity to develop skills in project management as well as to gain experience communicating with a broad range of stakeholders.

There are many avenues available to you, to expand your professional networks and stakeholder relationships. You will also have access to a wide range of enriching development opportunities as well as participate in the best-practice ‘EDGE’ program which provides comprehensive training/skill development and career planning. Thus, you will receive high-quality mentoring to assist not only with your PhD progression, but also your long-term career planning. 

Where you’ll be based

You will join the IIMPACT in Health cohort, co-located in a dynamic, supportive, research-rich environment.  IIMPACT in Health brings together internationally renowned researchers intent on understanding and solving real-world problems and fast-tracking our discoveries to bring about effective and sustainable improvements in health outcomes. The Child Health Stream of IIMPACT is focused on improving health outcomes for children with developmental or chronic conditions, giving you the opportunity to generate tangible benefits for the community.

Supervisory Team

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $28,854 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be eligible to receive an increased stipend rate of $45,076 per annum. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

Eligibility and Selection 

This project is open to application from domestic applicants only. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the project’s selection criteria: 

  • Hold an entry-level Allied Health Professional degree or equivalent that qualifies for registration with AHPRA or ESSA 
  • Have a Satisfactory Criminal History / Working with Children Check
  • Have interest, experience or knowledge of physical function assessment and an interest in childhood overweight /obesity
  • Is a highly motivated, self-directed, and organised individual with appropriate time management skills and ability to work well in a team

Applicant who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:

  • AHPHRA registered physiotherapist, occupational therapist, podiatrist, ESSA accredited clinical exercise physiologist or similar 
  • Experience working with children and families 

The successful applicant is expected to study full-time, and to be based at our City East Campus in the east of Adelaide.

Essential Dates

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on, Sunday 11 December 2022.

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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