ACU Research Engagement promotes connections between the University’s community engagement and research activities, particularly where our university’s research expertise can make a significant contribution to solving complex problems and as a result better the lives of others across the many sectors with which our staff and students engage. Aside from responding to the new national assessment framework around research engagement and impact, Research Engagement supports and facilitates opportunities for deepening research collaboration across disciplines and between ACU researchers and partners in the professional, community and private sectors.
We seek to make considerations of research impact in the wider community, and the collaborations that are needed to achieve it, an integral part of the process for conceptualising, coordinating and evaluating research projects.
ACU Pastoral Care Research Collaboration (PCRC)
The relationship between religion and health is due to a complex mixture of health practices, social ties, the provision of systems of meaning, and feelings of strength to cope with stress and adversity. The Pastoral Care Research Collaboration is a multidisciplinary group of researchers that seeks to contribute to the body of evidence on the benefits of pastoral care to patients, staff and families. Importantly, it includes a number of external members from organisations that provide pastoral care and provides a platform for information sharing, collaboration and dissemination.