How can online communities improve children’s hospital experiences by reducing anxiety and isolation?

Study level

Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Associate Professor Trish Obst
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health
Dr Jason Watson
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


This VRES project will explore how Juiced TV can employ an online community to foster a sense of community in hospital patients and their families throughout regional hospitals in Queensland.

Research activities

Juiced TV is an Australian first entertainment initiative that benefits the health and wellbeing of sick kids and their families in hospital, one episode at a time. Juiced TV wish to explore the potentials of connecting children, families and other stakeholders together in an online community with the aim to investigate crowd sourcing, reduce anxiety and isolation, provide better access to clinical information, and to track use to determine intervention points.

This research will support the beginnings of this undertaking and will involve undertaking both a literature review of extant relevant work as well as employing a design thinking led qualitative research approach with key stakeholders to explore potentials and barriers to implementing the broader project. This work is expected to lead to a publication.


  • A State-of-the-Art Review with a focus on the most recent research. It describes what is currently known, understood, or agreed upon regarding the research topic.
  • A paper presenting the results of a design thinking led qualitative investigation of key stakeholder perception of potentials and barriers to implementing the broader project as described above.

Skills and experience

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Critical writing.



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