The Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (DHCRC) will help transform health delivery by focusing on preventing chronic disease, improving health and wellbeing, as well as promoting efficiency in the health system.
Public Health and Health Services Research
UC HRI addresses the issues of building a more cost-effective and sustainable health service system through research which draws on expertise in health and healthcare services, design, IT, health policy and management.
Developing and future-proofing 'next-generation' healthcare delivery approaches towards delivering premier quality care and better patient outcomes, while improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Research in this area will meet the growing societal demands for a transformed, patient-centric healthcare system, with optimised operations, efficacy, safety, quality, equity and sustainability.
Groups and projects
A Good Start in Life for Young Children
A Good Start in Life for Young Children: This project will evaluate 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, Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Pharmacists in Residential Aged Care Facilities
This project examines the effectiveness and implementation of on-site pharmacists into residential aged care facilities to improve the quality and safety of medication management.
Social work in General Practice
Social Work in General Practice is a research project that aims to improve how primary care supports consumers who are identified as having non-medical areas of need, which that are otherwise challenging to address through stand-alone primary care services.
Measure It! Increasing the physical activity levels of people with heart disease
Measure It! Is a research initiative led by Dr Nicole Freene. The 2-year project will gauge the effectiveness of the intervention which is based on wearable activity tracker and a quick 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): a randomised controlled trial
This study will investigate the effectiveness of a novel 6-week integrated (TIA, mild-stroke, heart disease) traditional exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation program (Cardiovascular rehabilitation, CVR) at the University of Canberra Health Clinics.
National Best Practice Unit Tackling Indigenous Smoking
The National Best Practice Unit Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS) is a core element of the federally funded Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Program. NBPU TIS provides tailored support to teams across Australia that use population health promotion activities to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use, leading to improved health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. University of Canberra provides technical support and advice around matters such as population health promotion, tobacco control, behaviour change, and monitoring and evaluation.
AgeWell is a population-based study of the determinants of health and wellbeing among adults living in Canberra with a particular focus on aging well. Our mission is to inform policy and practice directed at improving local environments to better promote the health and wellbeing of Australian adults as they age.
Australian Teacher & Nurse Wellbeing During Times of Crisis
This survey examines the wellbeing experiences of Australian teachers and nurses during the COVID pandemic, and the way employers provided wellbeing support during this time. Our mission is to compare the experiences of both professions and provide recommendations for greater wellbeing support and advocacy in the workplace.
The Look study
The LOOK study is a longitudinal study beginning in childhood and finishing in old age.
Participants were initially 8 years of age and living in Canberra when the study started in 2005. Measurements were taken at age 8, 10, 12 and 16 years of age. Over this period, we assessed their physical activity, fitness, and nutritional intake to determine relationships with their bone health, risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, motor coordination, and wellbeing.