Industry relations and partnerships

The Faculty of Health has hundreds of successful partnerships across government departments, hospitals, research institutes, businesses and community groups. These partnerships have led to some of our proudest achievements. As well as working to improve health and health care, they give our students and researchers the support they need to succeed.

Working together to achieve more

Every partnership we have is built on a shared commitment to improve health and wellbeing, both locally and further afield.

Deakin Cats Community Centre

Kitted out with the latest technology, the Deakin Cats Community Centre is a multi-purpose education and meeting space. The centre works hard to promote lifelong education to people of all ages, especially the disadvantaged and those busy with work or family.

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Deakin Melbourne Boomers

In 2015 Deakin became the naming rights partner for women's national basketball team, the Melbourne Boomers. This partnership gives us the opportunity to support professional athletes and inspire young sports fans.

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Our teaching and learning partners

Our partners are integral to the education we provide, both in class and on placements. Some of our partners sit on our course advisory boards and offer guest lecturing, giving students direct access to the latest industry knowledge.

Partners as professors and research fellows

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has brought together six healthcare organisations to create an innovative Clinical Partnership Network. As part of the program, each organisation provides Deakin with either a professor of clinical nursing or a senior research fellow.

Student placement partnerships

Most students from our faculty need to complete clinical placements to add real-life experience to their skills. We have several hundred partner organisations that provide these placements in Melbourne, rural and regional Victoria and internationally.

The Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Disease has provided a unique platform for our research team at the Department of Infectious Disease at Barwon Health to build research programs and productive relationships across the spectrum of scientific disciplines.

Professor Eugene Athan

Director, Department of Infectious Disease, Barwon Health

Our research partners

Partners can push our research in new, innovative directions. As well as helping us launch research centres, partners often engage with us on high-profile projects or low-profile consultancy work. We collaborate with organisations to research issues that are important to both parties. Our projects have a positive effect equally on the business and on our reputation (through publications). For a commercial fee, businesses can use our expertise for training programs, developing new materials, data analysis or advice.

Research centres

One of the most dynamic forms of a partnership is a research centre. The Faculty of Health has a number of research centres that have been established in collaboration or with funding from a partner.

Health service partnerships

We partner with a number of healthcare organisations in metropolitan, regional and rural settings.

  • Alfred Health
  • Austin Health
  • Ballarat Health Services
  • Barwon Health
  • Eastern Health
  • Epworth HealthCare
  • Healthscope – Knox Private, Melbourne Private, Geelong Private
  • Melbourne Health
  • Mercy Health
  • Monash Health
  • Northern Health
  • Ramsay Health
  • South West Healthcare
  • St John of God Health Care
  • Western Health

Barwon Health partnership

Deakin University and Barwon Health have partnered for more than two decades, improving health services and powering innovation in the Barwon region and beyond. The partnership helps to build a health workforce of medical, nursing and midwifery, and allied health clinicians.

Learn more about our Barwon Health partnership

DU/DHHS/DoJAR Strategic Alliance

Integrating research, teaching and practice, the DU/DHHS/DoJAR Strategic Alliance is a partnership between Deakin University (DU), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Justice and Regulation (DoJAR). The alliance helps to strengthen community actions, ensure quality services and build healthy public policy in the Barwon-South Western region.

Learn more about the DU/DHHS/DoJAR Strategic Alliance

Diabetes Australia – Victoria highly values its collaboration with Deakin University in support of the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD).

Craig Bennett

Former CEO, Diabetes Australia – Victoria

Rural and regional partnerships

We're committed to responding to the health and medical needs of rural and regional communities, particularly in western Victoria. This has resulted in three regional research centres and a formal strategic alliance with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Indigenous partnerships

One of our top priorities at the Faculty of Health is closing the gap in life expectancy and disadvantage between Aboriginal and Torres Strait populations and the rest of Australia. Through an internal partnership with Deakin's Institute of Koorie Education, we're helping to train Indigenous health workers across Australia.

School of Medicine Indigenous Entry Stream

Up to 5% of domestic places in Deakin's Doctor of Medicine course are held for Indigenous Australian applicants applying through the Indigenous Entry Stream. We also offer this entry stream for Indigenous Australian applicants applying for our Bachelor of Medical Imaging and Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry.

Learn more about the Indigenous Entry Stream

International partnerships

In line with Deakin's goal to have an international impact, the faculty's international partnerships include collaborations with leading universities and organisations around the world. Our collaborations in India and Denmark leverage the faculty's research strengths in world-class health systems research, eHealth, exercise and sport science, mental health, public health and health innovation.


As the first foreign university to establish an office in India, Deakin’s 30-year association has reinforced this commitment through key strategic partnerships in India with the Public Health Foundation of India, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation and Manipal Academy of Higher Education.


Deakin's strategic partnerships in Denmark with the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and the University of Southern Denmark focus on health industries of the future, particularly relating to digital and preventative health. Together, our research is making a real-world difference.

Why partner with Deakin?

While our partnerships are primarily formed to improve the health of our communities, working together gives Deakin and our partners many advantages too.

Advantages for our partners

  • access to research staff, consultants and graduate students
  • ppportunities for education, training and career development
  • research that can be used to inform professional practice
  • the ability to link theory, practice and research
  • opportunities for innovative strategic projects
  • access to alternative funding programs
  • enhanced capacity.

Advantages for Deakin

Our partnerships have been critical in establishing the faculty's strong position in the health, human services and education sectors. Each partnership means that our curriculum stays relevant to the health and human services sectors and industry.

  • applied research opportunities
  • additional funding schemes
  • commercial facilities and practices
  • professional knowledge input into the teaching programs
  • industry/clinical placements for students
  • graduate employment opportunities.

Philanthropic donations

The Faculty of Health has been fortunate enough to receive many philanthropic donations. These have a strategic impact on our work and have led to the establishment of research centres, research projects, scholarships and awards. Some donations we've received include:

  • $1M donation from a private funder, in conjunction with the AFL, to work on an AusKick program for kids with autism.
  • $1M from the Wilson Foundation, to support Deakin University's Food and Mood Centre and it's cutting-edge research linking the human gut microbiome to mental and brain health.

Contact us

For information about becoming a partner, contact Izabela Sulek, Manager, Partnerships and Engagement.

+61 3 9244 6166
Email Izabela Sulek