The School of Health Sciences has clustered the broad array of research activities in its five departments into six Areas of Excellence which cross the boundaries of disciplines and settings. Chronic, non-communicable diseases are a leading cause of disease burden in the Australian and international community, and addressing the risks and determinants of these are core to our research programs.
Cancer is the second-most common cause of death in Australia. One in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will experience a diagnosis of cancer by their 85th year.
Child Health & Well-being
Every child’s early experiences have a significant impact on their learning, development, health and future prospects. We recognise that the support that children and young people receive early in life is critical for their long-term health and wellbeing, educational, social and economic outcomes as adults.
Immunology and Inflammation
Infectious diseases and immunological disorders remain one of the leading causes of disease.
Practice and service improvement
The quality and safety of health care is paramount to reducing the burden of disease and disability in our community and to the delivery of value based health care.
Recovery and Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan
Cancer, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular diseases and mental and behavioural disorders are the leading causes of premature death and disability in Australia (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2014a).
Neuroscience is one of the largest areas of study in modern biology.