How do we ensure improved health and wellbeing for all?

Good health underpins the success of any society. At Deakin, we're driving meaningful research to improve the health and wellbeing of our local and global communities. We’re solving significant health challenges by working to improve healthcare systems and identify novel technological solutions.

Find out more about our health research below and discover how we're transforming health and wellbeing.

Healthy food options

Healthier food options in recreation centre canteens and cafes is good for community health, according to a research partnership between Deakin and YMCA Victoria. The study found that implementing healthier menus doesn’t have to negatively impact cafe and canteen revenue.

Movement at school

TransformUs is re-framing the way children learn by moving more and sitting less, using behavioural, pedagogical and environmental strategies. Available in Victorian primary schools, the world-first program is the culmination of over 15 years of research by the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition.

Childhood obesity

A joint project between Deakin’s Global Obesity Centre and community members from a regional Victorian town is making the healthy choice the easy choice for local children. SEA Change Portland has resulted in more than 300 community actions being taken to address childhood obesity locally.

See how we’re improving health and wellbeing

See how we’re improving health and wellbeing

Find out how we are translating health research into real solutions for the wards and treatment rooms on the frontline of public health.

Find a research degree or PhD

Break new ground, expand your career and work with the best researchers in the world at Deakin. We're here to help you find a supervisor and reach your potential with a research degree.

A globally connected research community

Our breadth of research brings together Deakin’s collective expertise, technologies and resources to help drive positive change. Across our institutes and centres you’ll have unique access to industry experts and collaborators in your field.

Addressing the world’s most significant health challenges

Addressing the world’s most significant health challenges

The Institute for Health Transformation aims to strengthen health systems by transforming how we design and deliver health prevention and care, both in Australia and around the world. Our team of multidisciplinary researchers span Deakin’s Schools of Medicine, Health and Social Development, Nursing and Midwifery and Psychology.

The relationship between cognition, behaviour and biology

The relationship between cognition, behaviour and biology

Our Cognitive Neuroscience Unit researchers use a range of brain stimulation, neurophysiological and neuroimaging techniques to explore the relationship between cognition, behaviour and biology. The unit strives to provide the latest understandings in social, cognitive and affective human neuroscience.

Health and wellbeing at our institutes and  centres

Our experts work in strategic research centres to drive research innovation in key specialist areas. Our researchers are experts in their fields with access to the latest technology and purpose-built facilities.

Partner with us

With more than 500+ partnerships in 65 countries, working with Deakin means you’ll have access to our world-class facilities and a global network of experts and collaborators.

Our multi-disciplinary, collaborative and responsive approach allows us to quickly translate our biomedical discoveries... into treatment possibilities.

Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk

Director of the Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation

Meet our research staff

Our world-class research teams are led by true innovators and experts in their fields. Discover what drives our researchers and what they hope to accomplish going forward.

Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk is leading research that develops new, effective treatment methods to improve mental and physical health for our communities.

Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon is a research expert in child physical activity and sedentary behaviour and leads research committed to improving health and quality of life.

Deakin Distinguished Professor Catherine Bennett is an epidemiologist, leading research into COVID-19 and the epidemiology of staphylococcus aureus, also known as ‘superbugs’.

Deakin Distinguished Professor Anna Peeters is leading research to improve health equity and tackle the global obesity epidemic by building the healthiness of our food systems.

Explore our faculties and schools

Our researchers are working together to foster a collaborative research approach that unlocks new angles, solutions and ways of thinking. Learn more about the projects and world-class research being led by our faculties.

Contact us

We are committed to building resilient, vibrant and inclusive communities through innovative research. Find out how you can get involved for a brighter future.

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