Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (MMIHR) aims to address critical public health issues by identifying and responding with innovative programs that deliver better health outcomes and transform lives.
MMIHR collaborates with team of renowned researchers and international academics alongside HDR students and professional staff to tackle today's most pressing health challenges.
Our team of award winning, world-class researchers bring together their diverse strengths through each of our research programs.
The Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Program explores the interaction between urban environments and physical and cognitive health.Explore research
The Bone Health and Fractures Research Program has a strong focus on improving fracture prediction and identifying novel prevention and treatment strategies for osteoporosis.Explore research
The Exercise and Nutrition Research Program investigates the roles of exercise and diet in the prevention of chronic lifestyle-related diseases.Explore research
20 September 2021
Standing up and moving for three minutes every half hour may lessen the health impacts of sitting too much, a new study shows.
20 September 2021
When all else is equal the difference between Olympic gold and silver may come down to something as seemingly simple as what an athlete eats.
26 July 2021
The ketogenic diet may turn elite Olympic athletes into fat-burning machines but new ACU research has found it does not improve endurance.
12 July 2021
Eating isn’t cheating, according to an Australian Catholic University study that found inadequately fuelled cyclists could be sabotaging their most important rides.
17 June 2021
Green space around primary schools may improve students’ academic performance.
Men with prostate cancer experience increased rates of mental health issues. This project examines whether exercise aids the management of mental health issues in men with cancer.Explore project
We’re supporting the International Physical Activity and the Environment Network (IPEN) Adolescent study, which explores how the built environment aﬀects physical activity and obesity in teenagers.Explore project
Mental health issues are common in residential aged care facilities. This project investigates whether exposing new residents to greenery may protect them against declining wellbeing.Explore project
We are collaborating with the University of Copenhagen, Karolinska Institute and the University of Carolina to further understand the benefits of exercise for people with type 2 diabetes.Explore project