Research focus

Our health research explores challenges at an individual and population level. In collaboration with global partners and local communities, we’re working to highlight inequities, improve health care systems of management and prevention and identify potential innovative technological solutions.

Throughout, our focus remains to promote equality, enhance individual lives and sustain broader communities through meaningful approaches to health and wellbeing.

Our impact

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

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.

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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.

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Improving mood with food

Explore how improvement to diet can provide an economical solution to poor mental health.

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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)

Professor Catherine Bennett

Chair in Epidemiology

Dr Katherine Livingstone

NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow

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.

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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.

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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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Open a world of opportunity with a research scholarship

Re-imagine your career, connect with industry, and make your impact alongside world-leading researchers in one of Australia’s leading research communities. There are 400 research scholarships available.

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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.

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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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