In order to ensure that the breadth of our research activity produces the best health outcomes, our research efforts will be prioritised according to the following criteria: 1. Excellence. Our research will be conducted at a nationally competitive level 2. Strategic direction. Our areas of research focus will deliver a strategic advantage to the University of Melbourne as a leading national and international Centre of Learning and Research Excellence 3. Translation and relevance. Our research will be of direct relevance to and informed by the health needs of the community and will be undertaken with the overt intent to enhance practice knowledge for improved health outcomes. 4. Collaboration. Our research will involve colleagues across the University, health services, government and non-governmental agencies, patients and the community 5. Sustainability. Our research will be sustainable in the long term and will leverage new sources of research income. In order to deliver against the aspirations of our research strategy we will: • Build on our existing strengths • Strategically invest in research aligned with FMDHS priority investment areas • Encourage research capacity growth and capitalise on collaboration and funding opportunities as they arise
Chronic, non-communicable diseases are a leading cause of disease burden in the Australian and international community, resulting in many people living with illness, pain and restrictions in activity over many years. However a considerable proportion of chronic diseases and conditions are known to be preventable or best treatable if detected early and, as such, addressing their risks and determinants is core to our research.
The Melbourne School of Health Sciences has clustered the broad array of research activities in its five departments into six Research Themes which cross the boundaries of disciplines and settings. While each area is distinct, a common characteristic is a focus on disease prevention and the promotion and protection of health and wellbeing.
Our research groups are staffed by internationally recognised researchers with extensive affiliations with renowned national and international research institutes, universities, hospitals and other health service providers.
The Melbourne School of Health Sciences provides qualifying and postgraduate courses across the disciplines of nursing, physiotherapy, social work, audiology, speech pathology, and optometry and vision sciences.
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All Melbourne School of Health Sciences research projects involving human participants require ethics approval from the School of Health Sciences Human Ethics Advisory Group (SHEAG) before they can proceed.
25th Anniversary of Physiotherapy Education at the University of Melbourne
This year the Department of Physiotherapy celebrates 25 years of excellence in physiotherapy education at the University of Melbourne.
Research in the Faculty
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is Australia's largest biomedical research faculty. We employ more than 1500 academic staff, 4000 honorary staff and 1500 graduate researchers undertaking world class research across a wide range of health and social issues in a diverse range of research settings. Researchers are located at key sites across Victoria, with more conducting research around the world. These renowned experts from every field can be found in labs, hospitals, affiliated research institutes and all across the wider community.Information and support tools for Faculty staff are available on the Faculty intranet.