Faculty research 

Health is a priority research area at ACU, and the Faculty of Health Sciences plays a key role in delivering research excellence in this field. The University has received top ERA scores (well above world standard) in four areas: human movement and sports science, nursing, public health and health services, and psychology.

School-led research

ACU Faculty Research

Allied health research 

The School of Allied Health focuses on research into social work, physiotherapy, speech pathology and occupational therapy with a focus on promoting health, wellbeing and social justice.

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Behavioural science research 

Our behavioural science researchers focus on the areas of psychology, sport science and disability, as well as the clinical applications of exercise and cognitive-motor interventions in health, chronic disease and rehabilitation.

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Nursing, midwifery and paramedicine research

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine has extensive research expertise across acute care, cardiovascular disease, neonatal care, acute stroke and palliative care. We have close ties to the Nursing Research Institute, a collaboration between ACU and St Vincent’s Health, Sydney.

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Institutes, centres and projects


The Nursing Research Institute (NRI) conducts multidisciplinary outcomes-focused healthcare research of high clinical relevance. The NRIs vision is to create a world-class centre in nursing health services research with our industry partners to improve the well-being, safety and quality of patient care and health service delivery.

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Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre

The Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre (HBMRC) aims to advance knowledge critical to improving mental health, participation and well-being. The HBMRC brings together three programs of research excellence in mental health, addiction neuroscience, and disability and development.

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Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre

The Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences will advance knowledge in sports performance, recovery, and injury by developing new, and using established, research techniques.

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The GrandSchools Project

This National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded project brings together a consortium of universities and industry partners to research a new model for healthy senior living and integrated school communities

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Other centres

Learn about our range of research institutes, academies and collaborative centres specialising in areas other than health.

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The Institute for Positive Psychology and Education addresses critical educational and psychosocial issues through positive psychology.

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The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research collaborates with local and international partners to address critical public health issues.

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