Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Genevieve Healy


Research group: BeUpstanding

Organisational unit: School of Public Health

The BeUpstanding™ program supports desk-based work teams to sit less and move more, for better health and wellbeing. Developed by the researchers at the School of Public Health, the University of Queensland, the program is currently being evaluated through a national implementation trial. Findings from the implementation trial will inform future wide-scale dissemination efforts, as well as national and international policy and practice.

We are now seeking HDR students to join the BeUpstanding team and be part of this world-first workplace health promotion initiative. Specifically, we are looking for students to lead a program of work across five streams (five different HDRs): small business, rural and regional workers, large organisations, universities, and call centres.

Within each stream, the broad aims of the HDR research will be:

  • To determine the facilitators and barriers to delivery of BeUpstanding using a mixed methods approach
  • To develop implementation strategy(s) to assist in delivering BeUpstanding using a stakeholder engagement process
  • To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the implementation strategy(s) via a pilot study(s).

This unique opportunity would suit students with a background in health promotion, public health, health psychology, implementation science, and/or human movement studies. Excellent communication skills are essential as you will be working with employers and employees. There is currently a funded scholarship available - search BeUpstanding under UQ Earmarked scholarships.