School of Health and Social Development

Our school focuses on the importance of engagement with our communities and families, and the promotion and return to good health that's essential for this engagement.

Our courses are built on international collaborations, meaningful research and strong connections between the University, industry, communities and the public.

Our disciplines

Become the ideal job candidate

Every year at Deakin your employability increases. Many of our courses include industry placements – where you'll gain real-world experience – and professional accreditations that are globally recognised. You'll also have the option to study abroad on a study tour or an exchange.

Find out more about study opportunities

Professional development courses

As well as our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, we also offer intensive two-day courses, which are open to working professionals wanting to diversify their skills.

Child play therapy

Two short courses for people in the child care industry or those thinking of joining our postgraduate course in child play therapy.

Find out more about our child play therapy courses

Field research methods

Two short courses exploring research design and data collection, and data analysis and reporting.

Find out more about our field research methods courses

The WHO classifies health as “a complete state of physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. This definition reflects the holistic, integrative, critical and community-based perspective that we embrace.



A healthy dose of research

We have three research centres at the School of Health and Social Development: 

Each works closely with local and international partners to turn research into practical outcomes.

We're always looking to welcome master's and doctoral students with a passion for improving the world's health and wellbeing.

Find out more about our research

On Topic seminar series

The School regularly hosts ‘On Topic’, a series of facilitated talks to provoke thought, challenge perspectives and encourage discussion.

Topics are relevant to current and innovative ways of thinking, and examine the intersection of health and politics, environment, equity and community. A panel of experts and people with lived experience share their views and research, and the conversation is then expanded to audience discussion and debate.

Our next On Topic seminar 

Friday 11 November, between 6 – 8pm
Deakin’s Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne 

The session will feature members of The Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC Inc) discussing the topic, "Living the Rainbow: what does the future hold for multifaith, multicultural LGBTIQ Victorians?". 

Each of the speakers will address the key challenges they see in this area, some important initiatives or actions that they think will drive positive change, and the role of AGMC in doing this work.

Register for this free event

Book our theatre-based Education Programs

We currently have two Theatre-based Education Programs available for booking by schools, community groups and workplaces: You the Man and The Thin Line.

The programs begin with a 30-minute performance, followed by a moderated discussion about the issues presented in the play.

Examining the topics of violence against women and anorexia nervosa, the performances are recognised as an innovative and unique approach to starting a discussion about these highly topical issues.

Find out more about our Theatre-based Education Programs

Featured staff

Professor Susan Balandin is the Chair in Disability and Inclusion at the School of Health and Social Development. Professor Balandin and her team work to provide innovative and contemporary approaches to the understanding of, and responses to disability. They continue to produce the most current national and international research, leading researchers, policy makers and practitioners working in the Australian health sector.

Contact us

School of Health and Social Development
+61 3 9251 7777
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