Intervention Sciences

Our research within this theme supports clinical and community randomised, controlled trials. The trials are aimed at identifying and preventing problems early in development.


Co-Leaders

John Toumbourou - Co Leader
Bosco Rowland - Co Leader


Our aim 

Our aim is to:

  • produce and maintain a comprehensive ‘menu of services’ that lists:
    • clinical and public health interventions that have been repeatedly shown in randomised controlled trials to be efficacious in prevention
    • treatments of common mental and behavioural problems
  • conduct high-quality, randomised controlled trials of interventions targeting risk and protective factors identified as seminal by our research in Lifecourse and Surveillance Sciences.

Focus areas

Communities That Care (CTC)

A large NHMRC funded, community randomised trial of ‘Communities That Care’ based in a community participatory research framework.

Communities are provided a profile of risk and protective factors, and health problems in young people that is used for planning prevention strategies.

Gaps in service provision are identified and filled by introducing new interventions as necessary.

Visit the CTC website

Child adaptation of Communities That Care (Child-CTC)

A new and exciting direction for the established CTC program. This work is currently being led by the Social Development Research Group (Professor Rico Catalano) at the University of Washington. It will further solidify cross-Pacific exchanges, particularly for early and mid-career researchers.

Visit the CTC website

Community Research Consultation Program

This program builds on the community-focused orientation of intervention sciences. It represents a highly innovative approach to industry engagement through research.

Five Deakin-based, post-doctoral fellowships were conducted in 2015 using funds that were raised. Funding also supported international collaborations in Mumbai, India and East Timor.

Dreams for a Better World

An adolescent character-development project based on cross-age mentoring around a community development project. Curriculum design and pilot implementation are being done in collaboration with the Institute for Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School, Victoria, Australia.

The Hush Foundation

The Hush Foundation aims to transform the healthcare experience through use of the arts. It commissions Australian composers and musicians to compose music to reduce stress and anxiety for patients, families and hospital/care staff.

Since its merge with The Australian Institute for Patient and Family Centred Care (AIPFCC) in early 2016, the foundation has also worked with actors and playwrights to produce theatre. The performances highlight issues of staff culture, behaviour and communication, patient-centered care, aged care and patient safety.

Visit The Hush Foundation website

Visit the AIPFCC website