At ACU, we are committed to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person and the common good. We engage communities, government, industry and the not-for-profit sector to translate our research into real and sustainable impacts on the health, wellbeing and prosperity of all people.


Nursing protocols transform stroke care clinical practice

New nurse-led protocols for stroke patients, based on ACU research, led by the Nursing Research Institute, have resulted in changes to policy, guidelines and clinical practice across the globe. The protocols were developed through the Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Trial (published in the Lancet, 2011) to manage fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing (FeSS) post-stroke.

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Resolving challenges in early childhood learning through play

ACU’s Pedagogical Play Framework and associated apps integrate play-based pedagogy and intentional teaching to resolve a conceptual conflict in play-based learning models. It has spread across the early childhood sector nationally, as the central design concept in the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) apps.

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Helping Forgotten Australians to find their past

Find and Connect is a resource that allows Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and anyone with an interest in the history of child welfare in Australia to access information about the country’s orphanages, children’s homes and other institutions. It provides users with access to personalised support and counselling, their personal information and records, and can help them to reconnect with family members.

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Putting kids at the heart of family support services

What started as a resource that would help families experiencing homelessness has evolved into a suite of learning resources to help support staff and organisations understand how to put vulnerable children at the centre of their work.

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Asserting the ethics of aged care

ACU’s exploration of advance care planning, which enables patient wishes to inform decisions made by families and medical professionals and to respect patient autonomy and dignity, has led to the development of further research into other areas of medical ethics around aged care issues.

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Supporting school principals’ health and wellbeing

The Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey has consistently highlighted that many principals are at breaking point.

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What are the benefits of Pastoral Care to hospital patients and aged care residents?

ACU partnered with six healthcare organisations (hospitals and residential aged care) to report on the perceived benefits and quality of the pastoral care received by patients and residents. A key strength of this study was its cross-organisational context and large sample, enabling the benefits and impact of pastoral care to be explored across a diverse range of organisations and participants.

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Partner with ACU

At ACU, we have highly ranked researchers ready to collaborate with you to boost innovation within your organisation. Connect with over 150 researchers with a range of expertise in areas including; allied and health sciences, digital education, learning science and teacher education, theology, philosophy, information technology and social and political change.

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Research and Enterprise

Our research and enterprise activities embrace the full life cycle of research, from knowledge creation to its translation and application towards real-world outcomes.

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Meet the Research Impact Unit

Our team works with ACU researchers to implement strategies to increase research engagement and impact and help translate ACU research into real-world outcomes.

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Our research institutes

Founded on the principles of social justice and the common good, our research institutes make an impact around the world across industries and communities, and in the lives of individuals.

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Research services and support

When you research with us we’ll support you with the teams and tools you need to achieve your goals, from grant and ethics applications to contracts and reporting requirements.

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