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University of Canberra's Health Research Institute has a wide range of research projects, ranging from mental health, wellbeing, geospatial epidemiology and advanced statistical and economic modelling.
Our projects are listed below by their research theme. Completed projects can be found within the accordions.
An innovative pilot of implementation that focuses on the development and implementation of a novel and low-cost eHealth platform to address mental health in the workplace from a multimodal perspective.
A local navigation tool for Mental Health Care (MChart)
Designing, developing and implementing an interactive user-friendly digital care platform for mental health planners, professionals and organisation managers to navigate the mental health care system.
Evaluation and impact analysis of the Movember veterans and first responders’ mental health grant program
Evaluating 15 projects across seven countries aimed at the mental wellbeing of Veterans and First Responders (VFR). The analysis aims to identify effective, sustainable strategies that positively impact VFR and their families.
Novel modelling to reduce chronic disease risk
Developing a practical, user-friendly, generalisable, and scalable tool to improve decision making for neighbourhood design to reduce chronic disease risk.
A Good Start in Life for Young Children
Evaluating a program of support and connection aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of children aged birth to 5 years at risk of developmental vulnerability and disadvantage in Belconnen, ACT.
Social work in General Practice
Improving how primary care supports individuals identified as having non-medical needs that are otherwise challenging to address through stand-alone primary care services.
A 2-year project to gauge the effectiveness of wearable activity trackers and conversation. Designed to be viable for both patients and health professionals, it also empowers patients to take greater charge of their own health.
Cardiac Rehabilitation for transient ischaemic Attack and Mild-Stroke (CRAMS)
Investigating the effectiveness of a novel 6-week integrated (TIA, mild-stroke, heart disease) traditional exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation program (Cardiovascular rehabilitation, CVR) at UC Health Clinics.
National Best Practice Unit Tackling Indigenous Smoking
NBPU TIS is part of the federally funded Tackling Indigenous Smoking program. The program supports teams across Australia that use population health promotion activities to reduce tobacco use, improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Using smartphones & Fitbits to reduce the risk of repeat heart attacks
One third of all heart attacks in Australia are repeat events, they are more likely to result in death and are costly. Cardiac rehabilitation participants who have experienced a cardiac event are encouraged to meet the physical activity guidelines to help prevent repeat heart attacks.
Behavioural nudges to encourage university students to sit less and move more – UC30
Associate Professor Nicole Freene and her research team from the Faculty of Health will investigate a co-designed nudge-based intervention (UC30) to encourage university students to break up long periods of sitting every 30-minutes.
Developing physical Activity and Sedentary behaviour thresholds for the Secondary prevention of Heart disease – the DASSH trial
Associate Professor Nicole Freene and her research team from the Health Research Institute, the University of Sydney and Linkoping University (Sweden) aim to investigate the relationship between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and heart disease using two studies to guide future heart disease research, policy and practice.
Implementation and scale-up of on-site pharmacists in residential aged care
This new model of care integrates on-site pharmacists into residential aged care facilities as part of facilities care teams. On-site pharmacists work alongside facility staﬀ and conduct activities to improve medication management. In addition, on-site pharmacists work to enhance collaboration and communication with residential aged care residents and family members, staﬀ, GPs and other prescribers.
Integrating On-site Pharmacists into Residential Aged Care Facilities
Examining the effectiveness and implementation of on-site pharmacists into residential aged care facilities to improve the quality and safety of medication management.
Australian Teacher & Nurse Wellbeing During Times of Crisis
Examining the wellbeing experiences of Australian teachers and nurses during the COVID pandemic, and the way employers provided wellbeing support during this time.
Living well in the ACT region survey
Examining wellbeing and quality of life in the ACT and surrounding areas of NSW. Our mission is to support research that improves the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in the ACT region.
Regional Wellbeing Survey
One of the largest annual surveys examining wellbeing and quality of life in Australia's rural and regional areas. Our mission is to support research that improves the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural and regional Australia.
Carer Wellbeing Survey
Providing critical information for researchers and advocates to build a broad picture of carers' wellbeing over time. This will allow for a better understanding of how to support carers and ensure their quality of life, as well as their ability to provide first-class care, is maintained.