The Faculty of Health provides a range of research programs at masters and doctorate level across a broad range of health-related disciplines. In addition, the School of Psychology offers professional doctorates in the discipline of psychology.
The following research areas are available for postgraduate degree by research (masters and PhD):
Equity and access issues and the nature of disability in the areas of employment and assistive technologies; the law; community living; and evaluation of services.
Exercise and sport science
Physical activity and health; muscle and tendon metabolism; movement analysis; physical activity and neurological adaptation; physiological demands of demanding occupations; musculoskeletal rehabilitation; and sport performance.
Food and nutrition science
Diet and disease interactions, including specific interests in cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis and gut health; chemical and sensory evaluation with an emphasis on novel functional foods, salt and polyphenolics; molecular nutrition and nutrigenomics; substantiation of health benefits of functional foods; food formulation; nutritional assessment; behavioural epidemiology and population health; public health policy; and sports physiology and nutrition.
Infectious diseases; immunity; cancer; developmental biology; physiology; molecular nutrition; diabetes; obesity; muscle diseases; inflammation; cardiovascular disease; aging; farmer health; rural and regional general practice; public health; health service evaluation; and medical education.
Safety, quality and risk management in clinical and aged care clinical settings. Other areas include: acute and critical care; transitional care; health services evaluation; symptom management; consumer involvement in health and social care decision making; health care ethics; and midwifery.
Occupational therapy and sciences
Early childhood intervention; specific learning disabilities; developmental coordination disorders and social adaptive behaviour.
Clinical, health and forensic psychology; social and mental health; adolescent health; risk behaviours; body image and disordered eating; drugs and alcohol; eye-witness testimony; treatment of offenders; human sexuality; healthy ageing and depression among older people; quality of life; relationships; human factors such as auditory and visual perception; and organisational psychology in healthcare settings. The School of Psychology also provides the specialist professional doctorate program Doctor of Psychology (Clinical).
Public health and health promotion
Understanding and promoting social and cultural aspects of health encompassing: health and social justice; social diversity and improving the health of marginalised/excluded groups including groups marginalised or excluded by gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age; violence and abuse prevention; reproductive and sexual health; health literacy; social epidemiology encompassing social context and health; social relationships and health.
Health economics and program evaluations:
Community interventions; rural health; health and the environment encompassing sustainability; decision making and community involvement; nutrition, physical activity and population health; international health; and health and human services systems.
Social work theory and practice; critical social work; evidence bases in social work; social work education; human services provision; child and family welfare; mental health; diversity and inclusivity; masculinities; religion and spirituality; gender relations; and gender violence.
Find a comprehensive list of supervisors for all the research groups above.