There are a number of major themes that cut across the research endeavours within the School of Health and Social Development, particularly the focus on social diversity and improving the health of marginalised/excluded groups, and a commitment to outcome-oriented research.
Research focus in the School includes:
- gender, family, reproductive and sexual health
- sustainability, environments, communities, nature and health
- health, diversity and social inclusion
- violence and abuse: prevention and intervention
- professional practice and higher education in public health, health promotion, social work and occupational science and therapy.
The unique characteristic of the School is that it connects research perspectives that have not previously been mainstream themes into highly socially responsive, progressive and innovative approaches to human wellbeing and quality of life.
The success of the School's teaching and research programs is underpinned by well established partnerships with local and state government, non-government organisations, the community sector, and industry.