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Dr Dan Wadsworth

PhD Massey University (NZ), MPhil Swansea University (UK), BSc (Hons) Swansea University (UK)

  • Senior Lecturer, Applied Science
  • School of Health
+61 7 5430 2944
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Sunshine Coast
Dan Wadsworth

Dr Dan Wadsworth joined the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2018, and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health. Dan held similar previous appointments at Massey University in New Zealand (2010-2018), and his teaching practice has led to being recognised as a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (2022) and publishing an award-winning textbook.

Dan is an emerging early-career academic with a research passion grounded in the provision of accessible and appropriate services to support healthy ageing and wellbeing, drawing on the accessibility of physical activity and considering the influence of exercise technologies, Government policy, and social connectedness from a physiological, functional, and psychosocial perspective. His research adopts a mixed methods approach to capture user perspectives and inform the considered design and evaluation of appropriate intervention strategies through a multi-disciplinary lens intersecting health, clinical practice, and creative industries. Dan’s work is conducted in partnership with local and national industry partners across health, aged care, and local government, with a strong focus on the health and wellbeing of rural and regional Australians and the value of community connection and engagement. Dan’s research in this space has informed health policy and service provision at both local and international level, and has been profiled by local and national media (ABC Radio, Channel 7 News, WIN News, and across 120 regional print mastheads). A Postdoctoral Fellow at the Manna Institute, with a focus on improving mental health outcomes of regional, rural, and remote communities, Dan currently leads and contributes to a suite of research projects focused on vulnerable populations and tertiary health education/future workforce development.

Passionate about mentorship and professional development, Dan is also Co-Lead of the UniSC Early and Mid-Career Academic (EMCA) Network, planning and delivering a suite of training, mentorship, and development opportunities and resources to >180 members, and engaging with University Executive and national policymakers. Dan is an active member of the UniSC Athena Swan Implementation Committee, directing gender equity policy and practice across the University, and serves on many other School- and University-wide committees and working groups.

Professional memberships

  • Licensed Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)
  • Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMH)
  • Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI)

Awards and fellowships

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Manna Institute (2022-2024)
  • Senior Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy (2022)
  • 2015 College of Health Teaching Excellence Award (Massey University, NZ)

Professional social media

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Healthy ageing and wellbeing
  • Regional health and wellbeing
  • Creativity and movement for healthy ageing
  • Tertiary health education

Research grants

Project name        Investigators Funding body    Year(s) Focus

UniSC GROW Equipment Internal Grants

Askew, Walker, Kriel, Wadsworth, Schaumberg, Wright, Gallo, Russell, Summers, Jones, Jenkins

University of the Sunshine Coast



Growing Cardiovascular Health Research at UniSC: Mobile cardiovascular assessment suite

UniSC GROW Equipment Internal Grants

Scott, Metse, Schaumberg, Askew, Goos, Thomas, Wadsworth

University of the Sunshine Coast



Building capacity for innovative cross-disciplinary approaches to physical activity and movement assessment in health and education research at UniSC

UniSC Launch Partnership Grants

Ward, Wadsworth, Goold, LendLease Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast



Enlivening retirement communities through co-designed event and entertainment production

UniSC Launch Partnership Grants

Wadsworth, King, Barclay, Comlink Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast



Creativity and movement in ageing communities: Enhancing wellbeing through friendship, art, and exercise

UniSC Launch Partnership Grants

Andrews, Wadsworth, Schaumberg, Rosenburg, Medland, Kilkivan Community Group

University of the Sunshine Coast



Dementia risk reduction in Kilkivan: Identifying needs and co-design of an effective lifestyle intervention approach

UniSC Launch Partnership Grants

Wadsworth, Tulloch, Schaumberg, Cash (CSU), Robson (CSU), EVERYMIND

University of the Sunshine Coast



Learning from lived experience: what does mental health, wellbeing, and support mean to older adults in rural and regional Australia?

Manna Institute for Rural, Regional and Remote Mental Health


Manna Institute

0.4FTE for 24 months


Post-Doctoral Fellow

Industry Funding

Ward, Schaumberg, Wadsworth, Craswell, Askew, Dermody, Goold, Luttrell, Banks

LendLease PLC



Creative conversations: Codesigning approaches to explore the future of retirement living in Australia

UniSC School of Business and Creative Industries 2022 Research Potential Fund (RPF)

King, Wadsworth, Barclay

University of the Sunshine Coast



Creative Friendships in Aged Care: Enhancing well-being through friendship, art and exercise

Regional Partnership Grant

Schaumberg, Craven, Askew, Wadsworth (UniSC), Szabo (Sunshine Coast Council)

University of the Sunshine Coast / Sunshine Coast Council



Evaluation of the Healthy Sunshine Coast Senior Program

Research areas

  • healthy ageing
  • physical activity
  • tertiary health education
  • mental health

Teaching areas

  • HLT100 Anatomy and Physiology
  • NUR721 Research in Health Care

Dan Wadsworth’s specialist areas of knowledge are healthy ageing, accessible physical activity, health and wellbeing, tertiary health education.

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