Research leaders

Professor Tim Olds - group leader


Dr Carol Maher - m-health, disabilities


Dr Grant Tomkinson - anthropometry


Lucy Lewis - children, chronic disease and evidence based practice


Nathan Daniell - 3D anthropometry


Research associates

Michael Dale (Health and Use of Time)


Dr Tasha Schranz (Health and Use of Time)


Dr Julie Walters (Lecturer of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences)


Dr Maureen McEvoy (Lecturer, School of Health Sciences)


Dr Coralie English (Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences)


Georgina Heath (School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy)


Assoc Prof Marie Williams (Associate Head of School: Academic, School of Population)


Prof Barbara Pocock (Director: Centre for Work and Life, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences)


Research administrator

Health and Use of Time

Screen Time 

UniSA's Health and Use of Time (HUT) research concentration brings together a diverse group of scientists to look at how factors such as physical activity, sleep and screen time affect our physical, mental and social health.

The main thrust of the HUT Group's research is the link between how people use their time (including physical activity, sedentary behaviours like screen time and sleep) and health outcomes (such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mental well-being). The HUT focuses especially on transition periods in people's life course: from primary to secondary school, from secondary school to work or university, marriage, parenthood, empty nest and retirement.

With specialist expertise in sport and exercise science, children's weight and fitness, statistics and mathematical modelling and body size and shape, the group is involved in a wide range of local, national and international projects aimed at optimising health and wellbeing.

It's all part of a sophisticated arm of health science that is bringing together rigorous research methods with cutting edge technology to help find workable solutions to the health issues presented by an increasingly automated society.

The concentration is also a leader in anthropometry (the science of body measurement) and is home to a 3D anthropometric body scanner, a burgeoning technology with applications ranging from ergonomics and design to defence, clothing sizing and surgery.

The Health and Use of Time Research Group merged with the Exercise, Health and Human Performance Group (EHHP) and the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre (NPRC) in September 2014 to form the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA).


Some of our key collaborators include:

  • Australian Defence Force (ADF)
  • Australian Football League (AFL)
  • Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
  • Centre for Sleep Research, University of South Australia
  • Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU), The University of Auckland 
  • Flinders University
  • Health Promotion Branch, SA Department of Health
  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Pennington Biomedical Research centre, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Curtain University
  • Florey Institute
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Australian Centre for Education in Sleep
  • Central Queensland University

Research Students

The Health and Use of Time Research Group has several research students working on projects as a part of their studies with the University of South Australia.

Students interested in undertaking research with the Health and Use of Time Research Group should check the Division of Health Sciences research section for information on how to apply.


The Health and Use of Time research concentration is located in the Centenary Building, Level 7 at UniSA's City East Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide.

Postal address:
Health and Use of Time Group
Division of Health Sciences
University of South Australia
GPO BOX 2471
Adelaide SA 5001

Contact Us

Media enquiries:
Please visit the Media Centre 

All other enquiries:
Emily Vaughton
T +61 8 830 26558
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