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Health

Our researchers continue to strive to improve the health of our community. Important focus areas include health education, the promotion of healthy lifestyles and research into disease, disability and injury prevention.

We are working on the emerging challenges facing the future of health, including combating obesity in children, evaluating the impact that natural disasters have on mental health in rural communities and preventing cardiovascular diseases.

Our growing research capacity in the areas of public health, biomedical research and sports science take an innovative interdisciplinary approach, for example the use of advanced affective computing for the clinical diagnosis of depression.

Research centres and networks

Our partnerships

Our Health researchers are at the nexus of a rich network of institutions across Public Health, Biomedical Science and Sports Science, including:

  • ACT Health
  • Heart Foundation ACT
  • Department of Health and Ageing
  • Southern General Practice Network
  • ACT Medicare Local
  • Southern NSW Medicare Local
  • Anglicare Canberra and Goulburn
  • Salvation Army Aged Care Plus
  • Anglicare Aged Care
  • Health Care Consumers ACT
  • Alzheimer's Australia ACT
  • Canberra Institute of Technology
  • ACT Health Directorate Aged Care
  • Oxford University
  • AIS
  • University of Canberra Brumbies
  • ACTAS
  • ACT Sport and Recreation
  • ACT Health
  • Canberra Raiders
  • Greater Western Sydney AFL
  • Canberra Capitals
  • Australian Swimming
  • Canberra United
  • Basketball Australia
  • Australian Paralympic Committee

Featured Health projects

UC's extensive work in Health includes:

Preventing weight gain in middle-aged women

It seems saying no to dessert or going for a daily walk may not be enough for women over 45 to keep their weight down– with some even gaining extra kilos despite these efforts. Research by University of Canberra expert in nutrition and dietetics Lauren Williams shows that although this weight gain is due to a normal series of changes in the metabolism of women at this age, it could be easily prevented. Read more

Marginalisation traps 1 in 10 Aussies

Thousands of Australians are denied the 'fair go' each year, due to key factors such as mental illness, isolation, lack of education, climate change and gender. University of Canberra research shows that about 10 percent of Australians experience what researchers call 'profound marginalisation' every year.

UC receives Bill and Melinda Gates grant

People in the Pacific Islands will soon have more reliable access to vaccines thanks to a University of Canberra research project which has received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more

GP Super Clinic at UC

A significant boost to health services in the capital is a step nearer with work starting on a new GP Super Clinic at the University of Canberra. Read more

Safer pharmeceuticals thanks to UC research

An invention by a University of Canberra researcher to make safer and more affordable pharmaceuticals is a step closer to being realised thanks to new funding. Assistant Professor in biomedical sciences Ashraf Ghanem has been awarded $100,000 through the Discovery Translation Fund (DTF) to take his research project from the bench to the market. Read more

Unmasking depression

Patients with depression will be able to monitor their mental health using a computer as easily as those with diabetes can manage their condition thanks to new a new collaborative research project.

Best exercise regime for lymphoedema sufferers

Dr Kate Pumpa is investigating what is the best upper body exercise regime for women with breast cancer-related 'lymphoedema'. Read more

Predicting pedal power on cue

Elite endurance athletes will soon be able to predict what type of training will allow them to reach peak performance at specific times thanks to a new tool developed by a University of Canberra researcher. Read more

Preventing snowsport injuries

New University of Canberra research to prevent the long term impact of head knocks on skiers and snowboarders will benefit from the insights of professional ski cross racer and University of Canberra student Sami Kennedy-Sim. Read more