PHD Scholarship: Using technology to improve diet quality and eating habits among young adults

Friday, 6 October 2017

A PhD Scholarship opportunity is available within the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle for a student to study diet quality and eating habits among young adults under the supervision of Dr Melinda Hutchesson and Professor Clare Collins

Young Australian adults (18-24 years) are on a weight gain trajectory, which is placing them at increased risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Poor eating habits among young adults, including low intake of fruit and vegetables, and high intake of foods prepared outside the home, and sugar-sweetened beverages, are key factors contributing to this weight gain trajectory.

There is currently limited evidence nationally and internationally to guide the implementation of interventions to improve young adults eating habits.

This PhD will contribute to the NHMRC funded AIM4ME trial, and associated projects.

The AIM4ME randomised control trial will compare the efficacy of three online interventions targeting healthy eating in young adults aged 18 to 24 years.

Each online intervention varies in the dose of feedback on dietary intake and the support strategies offered.


University of Newcastle Research Scholarship Central Early Career Researcher Scholarship. $26,682 p.a. (2017 rate), indexed in January each year Student must enrol/commence by 19th December 2017.


GPA of at least 5.25 out of 7, English Proficiency, Honours Class One or equivalent . This scholarship is available to domestic students. Candidate must enrol by 19th December 2017. Desirable: background in nutrition and/or dietetics.

Visit the higher degree by research scholarships website for further information about eligibility criteria (


Expressions of interest should include application letter, copy of academic record, and curriculum vitae (CV).

If you have any questions about your EOI, please contact Dr Melinda Hutchesson (

Contact: Dr Melinda Hutchesson
Ph: +61 2 4921 5405

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 10th November 2017

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