For the inaugural EI assessment ACU submitted six impact studies and under eight FoR codes for engagement. The results of the assessment were announced in March 2019 with ACU receiving the following outcomes.

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Engagement

Research engagement is the interaction between researchers and research end-users outside of academia, for the mutually beneficial transfer of knowledge, technologies, methods or resources.

The unit of assessment is characterised by highly effective interactions between researchers and research end-users outside of academia for the mutually beneficial transfer of knowledge, technologies, methods and resources, and is well integrated into the development and ongoing conduct of research within the unit of assessment.

  • History and Archaeology (FoR 21)
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies (FoR 22)

The unit of assessment is characterised by effective interactions between researchers and research end-users outside of academia for the mutually beneficial transfer of knowledge, technologies, methods and resources, and evidence that research engagement is incorporated into relevant parts of the research process within the unit of assessment and/or that research engagement is improving.

  • Biomedical and Clinical Sciences (FoR 11A)
  • Public and Allied Health Sciences (FoR 11B)
  • Education (FoR 13)
  • Studies in Human Society (FoR 16)

Impact

Research impact is the contribution that research makes to the economy, society, environment or culture, beyond the contribution to academic research. Impactful research makes a real difference in the world beyond academia; it improves the health, wellbeing and prosperity of individuals, organisations and communities.

The impact made a highly significant contribution to economy, society, environment or culture, beyond the contribution to academic research and a clear link between the associated research and the impact was demonstrated. 

Public and Allied Health Sciences (FoR 11b)

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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Education (FoR 13)

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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History and Archaeology (FoR 21)

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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The impact made a significant contribution to economy, society, environment or culture, beyond the contribution to academic research and a clear link between the associated research and the impact was demonstrated.

Studies in Human Society (FoR 16)

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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Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (FoR 17)

Supporting school principals’ health and wellbeing through an online self-assessment survey

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

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Philosophy and Religious Studies (FoR 22)

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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Approach to impact

Approach to impact is where the university provides details on how it facilitated the impact. The aim of this section is to highlight the mechanisms and strategies the university had in place to support the translation of the research into the impact described in the study.

Mechanisms to encourage the translation of research into impacts beyond academia are effective and integrated within the unit of assessment and mechanisms for translating research facilitated the impact described.

  • Education (FoR 13)
  • Studies in Human Society (FoR 16)
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies (FoR 22)

Mechanisms to encourage the translation of research into impacts beyond academia are highly effective and well-integrated within the unit of assessment and mechanisms for translating research facilitated the impact described.

  • Public and Allied Health Sciences (FoR 11b)
  • History and Archaeology (FoR 21)
ACU VCP Professor Greg Craven
“These results demonstrate the commitment of ACU researchers to working with our partners to ensure that our research has a meaningful impact on society. I am particularly delighted that our high impact case studies reflect this ongoing commitment to impact through empathy, with high scoring ACU research in the areas of nursing care, education, and support for those identified in the Forgotten Australians report."
Professor Greg Craven
Vice-Chancellor and President

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