Enhancing well-being and self determination.
Our researchers have reputations for excellence and impact in fields such as child protection and out-of-home care, family violence, trauma, disability and chronic disease, and community-based corrections. They have experience and specialised skills in qualitative methods, the use of administrative data and mixed method research designs and are experts in implementation approaches such as trials and action research and outcome evaluation designs. Our researchers connect their science and research findings to teaching and learning and research training.
Our approach to research is to match research and evaluation designs to research questions to get the most useful insights, often working in a co-operative way with research partners from a range of disciplines.
We utilise Indigenous leadership to ensure our research advances the interests of Indigenous people and communities and fosters self-determination. We nurture emerging Indigenous leaders through our Graduate Research programs, collaborate with Indigenous organisations and enable Indigenous people to govern, design and carry out Indigenous research projects.
Our research is applied for relevance to our research end users and to create good for people and communities.
Our research funders are government agencies and philanthropic organisations as well as a wide range of non-government agencies that deliver health and human services. We stay connected to the research needs and priorities of our government and industry research end users through joint appointments and secondments and participation in cross-sectoral networks, committees and policy processes
Our Graduate Research and PhD programs strive to improve health and wellbeing through national and international collaboration. Underpinned by Indigenous leadership and methodological pluralism, the department aims to reinforce community ties and connect research to practice in areas of policy, teaching and training.