Enhancing adolescents’ digital health literacy through the co-design and evaluation of a suite of digital education tools


This PhD is associated with the 2020-2022 ARC-funded discovery project: Enhancing adolescents' health through digital health literacy. The PhD research involves working with a range of adolescents and advisors to co-design and evaluate a suite of digital education tools that enable adolescents to better search for, understand, appraise and act on digital health information and services.


Dr Karen Scott

Research Location

Westmead - Childrens Hospital at Westmead Clinical School

Program Type



The broader project aims to understand adolescents' digital health literacy: their capacity to find, understand and appraise the trustworthiness of digital health information and act appropriately on it. Technological development is racing ahead of insight into how adolescents use technology for health information and subsequent self-care. We need to harness the benefits of these technological advances while protecting and promoting adolescent health. In co-designing and evaluating a flexible suite of education resources, this PhD project aims to generate critical new knowledge about how the digital health literacy of a diverse range of adolescents can be improved. The PhD student will work with an adolescent reference group, advisors from Education and Health, and professional developers to design the education resources. It is anticipated that the education resources will provide significant benefits to adolescents through enhanced capacity for searching, understanding, appraising, acting on and communicating about trustworthy digital health information.

Additional Information

A PhD stipend is available.

MPhil research opportunities are also available to develop critical new knowledge about the digital health literacy of a diverse range of adolescents around NSW

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digital health literacy, e health literacy, health literacy, health promotion, public health, Education, e learning, technology enhanced learning, TEL

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2751