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.

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more
Compassion and wellbeing

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

You might also like

Research at ACU

We are a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy with a culture of research excellence founded on the principles of social justice.

Explore our research

Ethics and integrity

Our research ethics, integrity and compliance frameworks ensure that research is conducted responsibly, ethically, and in compliance with all relevant codes, guidelines and legislation.

Our standards

Our mission and values

We are committed to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person, and the common good. Discover how this guides our research.

Read our mission

ACU Engagement

Meet the team behind the collection and reporting of engagement and impact data; and the development and implementation of strategies to increase research engagement and impact at ACU.

Meet ACU Engagement

Have a


Our contacts

Have a question for a specific
team? Ask the right person.

View all contacts