Research focus

Everyone wants to be healthy. At Deakin, we strive to ensure health and wellbeing for all, regardless of life stage or location in the world.

Our research is multidisciplinary and collaborative. We understand that achieving health equity calls for a whole-of-society response. That’s why we work with governments, actively informing and evaluating policy and practice and with communities, implementing evidence-based interventions to create transformational improvements in health and wellbeing.

Improving health and wellbeing

Improving health and wellbeing

Our impact

Find out how our researchers translate their ideas into tangible health and wellbeing outcomes.

Towards better mental health for SME business owners

Deakin joined forces with national accounting and finance bodies to offer Counting on U, a world-first mental health first-aid relationship program designed to support the mental health needs of small-to-medium (SME) business owners.

Transform-Us! Moving and learning for long-term health

This world-first program is designed to re-frame the way children learn by moving more and sitting less.

Preventing childhood obesity – a community response

SEA Change Portland has seen almost 300 community led actions from promotion of drinking water to school canteen menu changes, resulting in a decrease in local children’s BMI.

Featured researchers and leaders

Our world-class health research is led by experts in the field who are at the forefront of healthcare innovation. Read about why our researcher do what they do and what they hope to accomplish through their research.

Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk

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

Alfred Deakin Professor
Jo Salmon

Director of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)

Alfred Deakin Professor
Anna Peeters

Director Institute for Health Transformation (IHT)

Featured institute

Featured institute

The Institute for Health Transformation

Deakin’s Institute for Health Transformation is addressing the world’s most significant health challenges, including health inequality, mental health, obesity prevention and changing populations. With extensive industry partnerships and a team of multidisciplinary researchers across our Schools of Medicine, Health and Social Development, Nursing and Midwifery and Psychology, the Institute is equipped to deliver research with real impact.

Faculty research

In addition to our institutes and research centres, Deakin’s four faculties contribute to research that’s improving health and wellbeing. Importantly, researchers within each faculty work together, fostering a collaborative approach to research that unlocks new angles, solutions and ways of thinking.

Visit each of our faculty pages to learn more about the projects, institutes and world-class researchers connected to each faculty.

Find out more about Deakin's research in improving health and wellbeing

Featured facility

Featured facility

Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU)

CNU provides our researchers with the tools needed to explore new frontiers in brain and behaviour research. The unit harnesses cutting-edge brain stimulation and neuroimaging technology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), electroencephalography (EEG), near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and many other emerging technologies, allowing our experts to research, teach and perform clinical trials all in the one facility.

Study health and wellbeing

Launch your career by studying one of our industry-shaped undergraduate degrees or increase your health expertise and redefine your career with a postgraduate or research degree.

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Don’t dream of change. Deliver it with a Deakin PhD

Whether you want to break new ground, develop your critical professional skills or work with the best researchers in the world, you'll solve problems no one else can with a Deakin PhD.

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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.

Find out more about Western Alliance

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