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Student research project

Supervisors: Professor David Dunstan and Anna Chapman

Project summary

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.

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. 

This project is suitable for a PhD student and will involve human research.

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