Faculty research

Australia’s leading multidisciplinary health faculty

The Faculty of Health conducts and supports a broad range of multidisciplinary and translational research to improve the lives and communities we serve. We work with our partners and communities to create evidence-based solutions that have a real-world impact across Australia and around the globe.

Our research programs

Our research is guided by our collective desire and strong commitment to reduce inequalities in health and to improve health and social outcomes, particularly for the most disadvantaged groups in society.

In 2020, we generated over $32 million of research income and acquired 727 research grants. Here’s a snapshot of who we are:

  • close to 500 academic staff
  • more than 100 formal partners
  • more than 540 higher degree research students.

Our research programs are supported by three institutes, two strategic research centres and five schools. Together, we tackle some of the most urgent and important clinical and public health problems of our time.

Research institutes

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

IMPACT works to develop innovative diagnostics, treatments and therapies for mental health conditions and chronic diseases using a multidisciplinary, collaborative and responsive approach that enables the rapid translation of biomedical discoveries into treatment possibilities.

Learn more about IMPACT 

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) 

IPAN conducts world-leading research into all aspects of physical activity and nutrition across the lifespan, from conception to old age, including disadvantaged communities, children’s health, healthy ageing and healthy neighbourhoods, healthy bones and muscles, cognitive and mental health, healthy and active workplaces, food policy and consumer food choices.

Institute for Health Transformation (IHT) 

IHT works to address complex health challenges through collaborative research that transforms the design and delivery of prevention and care across health systems. The institute aims to activate healthy populations and communities, innovate health service delivery and design, empower consumers as advocates for health system change, and drive equity and value in health and care.

Study a research degree with us

Study a research degree with us

Become a master's or PhD student with Deakin's Faculty of Health and gain access to first-class facilities, world-renowned supervisors and extensive research possibilities. There are over 400 research scholarships available across the university.

Strategic research centres

Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED)

SEED is dedicated to preventing mental disorders and promoting emotional health from childhood through adolescence, young adulthood and into parenting the next generation. The centre brings together life course, clinical and public health research and practice to describe the major milestones in social and emotional development across the first three decades of the early life course.

Centre for Sport Research (CSR) 

CSR focuses on influencing practice in sport to enhance the health and performance of people and organisations participating in sports. CSR’s program of research is built on a foundation of industry and community partnerships, as well as sport and exercise science services. CSR is part of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN).

World leading research

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) is a comprehensive quality evaluation of all research produced in Australian universities. In the 2021 ERA results, the vast majority of the Faculty of Health research rated 5 ‘well above world standard’.


School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences 

The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is ranked #1 in the world.* The school has world-class multi-disciplinary researchers that focus on the role of exercise and nutrition in preventing and managing disease, and enhancing human performance.

School of Health and Social Development 

The School of Health and Social Development focuses on the importance of engagement with our communities and families, and the promotion and return to good health that's essential for this engagement.

School of Nursing and Midwifery 

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is ranked among the top 30 universities worldwide for nursing.# It has a strong research culture and a proud history of applying research findings to clinical practice, education programs and healthcare policy.

School of Medicine

The School of Medicine research spans basic, clinical and community-based health and medical research and the nexus between these. It is underpinned by excellence, with a strong emphasis on translation, external collaboration and training.

School of Psychology 

Deakin's School of Psychology is one of the largest and most progressive psychology departments in Australia. The School of Psychology research centres work closely with numerous external organisations to translate research into action.

Find a research supervisor

Search for the research topic you're interested in and discover Faculty of Health supervisors that could help you further your research career goals.

Our vision

Our vision is to deliver world-class research in health by:

  • training exemplary researchers, clinicians, practitioners and scientists, through excellence and innovation in research, teaching and learning
  • providing a supportive and enabling research environment for our staff
  • engaging with our communities and partners to facilitate mutually beneficial outcomes
  • strengthening 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, we 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. One of our key priorities is to deliver reductions in health care burden and community costs across the western region of Victoria.

Industry partnerships

Industry partnerships

Our strong research reputation is underpinned by our exceptional industry links and partnerships. We collaborate with more than 100 partners – at all levels of government, the health and human services sectors, industry and community – throughout Australia and overseas. We are looking forward to increasing our partnership connectivity and activity to further embed our translational research, and teaching and learning within industry.

State-of-the-art facilities 

Our students and researchers have access to the most advanced equipment available in the sports, nutrition, medicine, psychology and health fields. Highlights include:

  • Elite Regional Sports Precinct
  • Specialised Indoor Exercise and Sport Science Building
  • 3D GAIT lab
  • Deakin Clinical Exercise Centre
  • Food sensory labs
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Unit
  • Occupational therapy labs
  • Clinical Simulation Centres for nursing and midwifery.

Faculty of Health PhD stories

Our current PhD candidates and graduates have taken their PhD experience at Deakin to new heights and made valuable contributions to health research.

Read our PhD student stories


*ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2021, 2022, 2023

#QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020