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. We are building a research concentration on around childhood disability and participation through our work within the Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR).

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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. We attract key international researchers and local honours students, and enjoy close links to the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre, and the Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR).

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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, academies and centres


The Centre for Disability and Development Research is an international collaboration researching issues of importance to those with developmental impairments and their families. Childhood-onset conditions - for example cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder, intellectual impairment - are the focus of this work.

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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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The Cognition and Emotion Research Centre (CERC) has a strong focus on applying experimental psychology approaches across the fields of cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. Collaborating with international researchers, the Centre aims to increase understanding of cognitive and emotional functioning in older adults and clinical populations and inform interventions.

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News and events

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The Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) promotes a healthier Australia through healthy brains. Find out about their research and results.

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

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

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