Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Our Research Areas

Our researchers come from diverse disciplinary and research backgrounds. We conduct and supervise research in a range of areas.

Aboriginal Health, Wellbeing & Participation

Aboriginal Health, Wellbeing & Participation

We are committed to Closing the Gap between health and wellbeing outcomes for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian peoples. Research aimed at strengthening the cultural capabilities of students and their educators, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities, will help to build a workforce with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to address inequality and deliver culturally safe and relevant health services.

Access & Equity

Access & Equity

We aim to improve access to healthcare services for vulnerable and disadvantaged persons and those living in rural and remote areas. We strive, through collaborative research approaches, to improve the quality, affordability, and relevance of services for diverse client groups and communities.

Ageing Well

Ageing Well

We assist community members to age actively and healthily, and focus on programs and interventions aimed at:

  • Delaying age-related cognitive decline
  • Maintaining physical mobility to reduce falls
  • Health and wellness of people living with dementia
  • Increasing community engagement

Biomedical Mechanisms

Biomedical Mechanisms

We engage in basic science underpinning new diagnostic tests and health interventions, including:

  • biomechanics and movement analysis
  • neuroscience
  • cardiovascular, diabetes and metabolism research
  • and the investigation of molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in ageing

Clinical Tools and Techniques

Clinical Tools and Techniques

We develop, test, validate, and promote tools and techniques for highly effective contemporary clinical practice, with a particular focus on:

  • clinical assessments
  • robotic therapy
  • and telehealth technologies

Health Promotion & Population Health

Health Promotion & Population Health

We undertake applied research investigating factors and conditions that promote or mitigate health, wellbeing, and participation across the lifespan.

Our foci include:

  • occupational health and performance in tactical forces (e.g. law enforcement, paramedic)
  • early childhood factors affecting later life outcomes
  • falls prevention, movement and mobility
  • chronic disease management
  • health program planning, implementation and evaluation.

Preparing Students for Quality Health Practice

Preparing Students for Quality Health Practice

We develop teaching strategies that engage, motivate and support students in learning to be great health practitioners. Our foci include:

  • Simulation-based and problem-based learning
  • Online learning technologies
  • Indigenous Australian curriculum
  • Skills training for evidence-based practice
  • Inter-professional education
  • Interdisciplinary assessment of student capabilities

Translational Health Service Research

Translational Health Service Research

We conduct research in partnership with healthcare and community services to directly impact their policies and practices. Our work focuses on:

  • Health service design and delivery models
  • Professional development
  • Change management