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).
Every minute counts
During 2014 Ms Terry Jones (Bachelor of Health Science, Honours student) will be conducting a project called: ‘Every minute counts’. Use of time in people with a life-limiting illness, and their primary caregivers: a feasibility study. This project has been approved by the University of South Australia Human Research Ethics Committee and the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee.
Ms Jones is seeking participants for this project who are 18 years or older, and have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness or are a family caregiver of someone who has a diagnosis.
If you are interested, see the project description for more information.
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