Improving health and wellbeing

Covering the broad spectrum of health, our research is helping to improve the lives and wellbeing of people and communities on a global scale. From medicine, ageing, chronic illness and disability to nutrition, physical activity and child health, we're continually striving to uncover new frontiers through persistent curiosity and ground-breaking research.

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Our world-class research teams are led by true innovators and experts in their fields.

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Research snapshot

Deakin is a key partner in the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases – Australia’s first ‘One Health’ facility. It takes a new, multidisciplinary approach to managing infectious diseases in people, animals, and the environment.

In a world-first, our researchers have pioneered the industrial production of high-value short fibre materials. The potential of these tiny fibres is hugely promising – already, discoveries in stem cell expansion are set to improve leukaemia treatment across the globe.

Our research in autism has led to the adoption of improved diagnostic and treatment guidelines by the international medical community.

In the mental health domain, teams of scientists are collaborating on major programs to improve understanding and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Deakin researchers are also overseeing Australia’s longest-running longitudinal study on child development. Insights gleaned from this project will improve public health policy and potentially break inter-generational cycles of disadvantage.

Institutes and Strategic research centres

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Recognised as one of Australia’s leading materials research organisations, IFM fosters innovation in materials design and performance. 

Executing materials science and engineering, our research tackles challenges in areas such as medical diagnostics, biomaterials, and nanotechnology.

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Meet IFM Director, Professor Xungai Wang

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)

A world leading research institute, IPAN is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of Australians.

Some of our research includes studies in obesity prevention, cognitive and mental health, consumer food choices and healthy behaviours in early childhood.

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Meet IPAN Co-Directors, Professor David Crawford and Professor Jo Salmon

Institute for Health Transformation (IHT)

The Institute for Health Transformation addresses today’s most complex and compelling health challenges through excellence in collaborative research that transforms how we design and deliver prevention and care.

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Meet IHT Director Professor Anna Peeters

Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)

IISRI makes a difference to society by researching the problems encountered by systems that operate with uncertainty, variability and change. 

Our research focuses on defence systems and robotics, haptics, motion simulation and process modelling. 

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Meet IISRI Director, Professor Saeid Nahavandi

Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²)

The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²) collaborates with industry to act as a catalyst for change through the use of Artificial Intelligence.

Our team of research fellows, data scientists and software engineers contribute to the development of human-in-the-loop artificial intelligence and AI experimentation for sectors such as defence, health care, security, social media, advanced manufacturing and more.

Meet A²I² Co-Directors, Professor Kon Mouzakis and Alfred Deakin Professor Svetha Venkatesh

Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT)

The Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT) develops new and effective responses to mental and physical health for our community. We use cutting-edge approaches to translate our medical research from the laboratory to real-world solutions.

Read more about IMPACT
Meet IMPACT Co-Directors, Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk and Professor Ken Walder

Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED)

The Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development combines life-course, clinical and public health research and practice. 

We promote health and wellbeing from conception through to adulthood and into the next generation.

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Meet SEED Director, Professor Craig Olsson

Centre for Sport Research (CSR)

CSR is a new strategic research centre at Deakin. With academics from the School of Exercise and Nutrition and the Deakin Business School, we unite several research areas to enable the university to extend its reputation as a leader in sport research.

We use the latest knowledge and technology to improve performance, participation and governance in sport and exercise science, sports development, sports management and sports marketing.

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Meet CSR Co-Directors Professor David Shilbury and Dr Natalie Saunders

Our partnerships

We work collaboratively with a number of academic institutes, government organisations, not-for-profit services and industry bodies. 

It’s these partnerships that form the foundation of our broad network and research capabilities throughout Australia and overseas.

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Featured partners

Western Alliance

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.

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The 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.

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Faculty research

As well as Deakin's institutes and strategic research centres, the Faculty of Health supports a range of research centres that focus on improving health and wellbeing. 

These range from investigating chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes to neuroscience, rural medicine and infectious disease. 

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