Research participants wanted

We are interested in the Health Behaviours of University Students

About the study: Young adults studying at university are at risk of both inactivity and health issues. Study load has also been associated with decreased physical activity and increased stress. This research project aims to assess how movement behaviours and health outcomes are influenced by changes in study load in university students across the duration of a semester. This study will act as a pilot study to provide important insight into where interventions to enhance student health and wellbeing are best positioned.

Who can participate?

  • Ages 17+
  • Currently enrolled full-time undergraduate students at Flinders University.

What will I be asked to do?

  • Visit a data collection site at Flinders University a total of four times across Semester 2 2019:
    • visit 1 approx. 20 minutes and visit 2 approx. 40 min to be conducted early in Semester 2 2019; and
    • visit 3 approx. 20 minutes and visit 4 approx. 40 minutes to be conducted late in Semester 2 2019.
  • Wear two small activity monitors (one on your wrist and one on your upper thigh) for two sets of eight-day periods to measure your movement behaviours, i.e: once early in Semester 2, 2019 and again once later in Semester 2, 2019.
  • Take two minutes each night to record your sleep times and time spent in study and paid employment during the monitoring period.
  • Complete five short questionnaires during two of the data collection visits (i.e. visits 1 and 3).

In recognition of your contribution and participation time, on the completion of the second data collection week you will be provided with a $50 Officeworks or Co-op bookstore voucher.

For further information regarding participation, please contact:

Ms Natasha Dart, email:

Research Project Manager


Dr Kate Ridley, ph:  8201 3355 or email: 

Chief Investigator

This research project has been approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (Project Number No. 8361).  For more information regarding ethics approval of the project the Executive Officer of the Committee can be contacted by telephone on 8201 3116, by fax on 8201 2035 or by email

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