Faculty research

The Faculty of Health conducts and supports a broad range of multidisciplinary and translational research to improve the lives and communities we serve.

Our vision

To deliver world-class research in health to:

  • produce exemplary healthcare clinicians, practitioners and scientists, through excellence and innovation in research, teaching and learning
  • provide a supportive research environment for our staff
  • engage with our communities and partners to facilitate mutually beneficial outcomes
  • strengthen the sustainability of our research and the next generation of research leaders by supporting their development and diversifying our financial resources.

We encourage our staff to share and employ their knowledge outside the University. By working together and collaborating with external organisations, researchers can provide expertise to projects, programs and initiatives that complement and support health and wellbeing.

We conduct a broad range of multidisciplinary and translational research studies that address important individual and population health problems.

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition

The Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) is a world-leading research institute, recently established from the former Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN). It's led by Alfred Deakin Professors David Crawford and Jo Salmon.

IPAN's vision is to improve the health and quality of life of Australians through nutrition and physical activity research excellence. Their aim is to be the leading research institute in the world for solutions-focused nutrition and physical activity research.

The institute conducts high quality, multidisciplinary nutrition and physical activity research to actively inform policy and practice, in order to improve health and wellbeing.

Learn more about IPAN

Our faculty research centres

Global Obesity Centre

The Global Obesity Centre is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre (WHO-CC) that creates, shares and distributes knowledge in partnership with the community to promote obesity prevention and other non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention. 

The current focus of the unit is multi-dimensional and centres around the following key themes: 

  • monitoring of non-communicable diseases 
  • interventions with communities 
  • food systems and policy analysis 
  • systems thinking for non-communicable disease prevention.

Learn more about the Global Obesity Centre

Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases

The Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID) is a collaborative, multidisciplinary research partnership between Deakin University, Barwon Health and CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) based on a 'one health' approach to understanding and mitigating the risks posed by emerging infectious diseases.

Learn more about the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases

The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes

The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes is the first national research centre in Australia and internationally dedicated to investigating the behavioural, psychological and social aspects of diabetes. The centre’s focus is improving the quality of life of all people with diabetes and their families. Established in 2010, the centre is a partnership for better health between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University.

Learn more about the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes

Deakin Child Study Centre

The Deakin Child Study Centre brings together a multidisciplinary approach to innovative research and shared knowledge, and directs efforts to help children and adolescents with developmental disorders. Housed in the School of Psychology, the centre has a dynamic relationship with our Developmental Neuroscience and Behavioural Health and Technology Units, as well as our Clinical Training Program, providing an integrative scientist-practitioner driven research and teaching agenda.

Learn more about the Deakin Child Study Centre

Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre

Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre is a partnership of Deakin University, Federation University and 11 health service providers operating across the western region of Victoria. It aims to strengthen existing collaborations by formalising relationships between the partners that have been sustained over the history of the region’s settlement and development.

Learn more about Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre

National Centre for Farmer Health

The National Centre for Farmer Health provides national leadership to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of farm men and women, farm workers, their families and communities across Australia.

The centre is a partnership between Western District Health Service and Deakin University and is based in Hamilton, Victoria.

Learn more about the National Centre for Farmer Health

Centre for Investigative Interviewing

Involving the elicitation of an accurate and detailed account from a person, investigative interviewing is used in a range of situations to assist in decision making by professionals. The centre is spearheading world-leading research capable of being adapted to a wide range of applications.

Learn more about the Centre for Investigative Interviewing

The Australian Centre on Quality of Life

The Australian Centre on Quality of Life has the following mission:

  • To facilitate research into quality of life.
  • To serve as a resource for both researchers and students.
  • To gather knowledge and expertise related to both theoretical and applied areas.
  • To facilitate research links with industry, government and the community.

Learn more about the Australian Centre on Quality of Life

Other faculty research groups include: 

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