Study level

Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

In progress.


Dr Christina Malatzky
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health


Project code:


Project aims and objectives:

This project has three key aims:

  1. Conduct an environmental scan of community-based physical activity programs delivered Brisbane wide and identify service delivery agencies currently supporting asylum seeker and refugee communities residing in Brisbane;
  2. Identify the key barriers and enablers to asylum seeker and refugees to participate in community-based physical activity programs;
  3. Propose a series of recommendations to address the findings of the project aims 1 and 2 to increase participation rates amongst this group of residents who experience greater marginalisation.

Project methodology and resources:

This will be a qualitative project utilising environmental scans of programs and semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders and community members. The project can be undertaken using existing School resources and will be overseen by experienced public health and qualitative researchers with the required skills and expertise.

Location of research:

QUT Kelvin Grove Campus

Prior knowledge/skills:

The student will need to have completed (with high grades) relevant public health units, such as research methods, qualitative inquiry, and public health practice unit.


The student will be provided with a hot desk space and computer and will have regular and as needed supervisory and monitoring meetings.

Research activities:

Participant recruitment; Data collection; Data analysis; Drafting or revising conference papers or journal articles.



Contact the supervisor for more information.