At ACU we are committed to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person and the common good. ACU research engages communities, government, industry and the non-for-profit-sector to create real and sustainable impacts on the health, wellbeing and prosperity of all people.

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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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