Learn about the health research priorities at Australian Catholic University. Explore our current projects.

Our research areas

From targeting specific medical conditions, to exploring ways of improving the health of entire communities, our researchers are studying critical health issues to provide practical, workable solutions and treatments, and, where possible, preventions.

Research excellence

In the latest ERA assessment, ACU ranked equal first for the research fields of:

  • Cardiorespiratory medicine and haematology
  • Clinical sciences
  • Cognitive sciences
  • Human movement and sports science
  • Nursing nutrition and dietetics
  • Psychology public health and health services.

(Four-digit FoRs, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018)

ACU is ranked seventh in sport science in Australia and 26th globally1 and seventh in nursing in Australia and 41st globally2.

(1ARWU Special Focus institution Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2018, 2ARWU Subject Rankings 2018)

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Our current projects

Our researchers and their collaborators are focused on a number of projects aimed at improving the health outcomes of Australian patients and people all over the world.

Projects include Understanding how RNA editing regulates RNA fate led by Associate Professor Carl Walkley and Urban spaces and active ageing: understanding person-environment interactions to inform activity-friendly community design led by Professor Ester Cerin.

 

Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Examining whether exercise aids the management of mental health issues in men with cancer.

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Exploring how the built environment affects physical activity and obesity in teenagers.

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Investigating the effect of the physical environment on the wellbeing of residents in aged care facilities and whether increased greenery can protect against declines in the mental health of new residents.

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A collaboration to better understand the benefits of exercise for people with type 2 diabetes.

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Research grants

Understanding how RNA editing regulates RNA fate led by Associate Professor Carl Walkley.
Urban spaces and active ageing: understanding person-environment interactions to inform activity-friendly community design led by Professor Ester Cerin.
Structural connectomes in traumatic brain injury: Can secondary disease progression be stopped and cognitive deficits be reversed? led by Associate Professor Karen Caeyenberghs.

Research engagement and impact

Our health researchers work with industry (both in Australia and overseas), community groups and researchers from other universities to produce meaningful results. These are applied to real-world situations so patients, medical practitioners and the wider community can all benefit.

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Explore our institute and faculty

Our health science researchers are spread across our institute, academies and centres – each with a particular focus area – and throughout the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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Visit the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre (CERC)

Visit the Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR)

Visit the Healthy Brain Initiative

Visit the Nursing Research Institute

 

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