Student research project
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Deakin University Joint Scholarships
A PhD scholarship is available for this project. Successful applicants will be supervised by Faculty of Health at Deakin University and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. The PhD student will initiate and conduct research on the research topic outlined below.
The focus of the proposed PhD will be to:
- Utilise data from the Baker Institute's 12-year prospective epidemiological study (AusDiab) to undertake new compositional analytical approaches to evaluate whether sitting time and breaks in sitting are associated with musculoskeletal health outcomes including back and knee pain.
- Evaluate whether a 'real-world' intervention to break up sitting time using health technologies in the elderly and those in aged-care facilities can improve musculoskeletal health and function. This will include initial participant pilot testing using qualitative methodology to help inform the design of the intervention.