School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions

Population health

  • Community engagement and development (e.g. evaluation models).
  • Health promotion.
  • Illness prevention.
  • Primary health.

Ageing

This program of research involves local, national and international collaborators from Federation University, the Australian National University, Deakin University, QUT and Peking University, China.

Influences on healthy ageing

In order to promote healthy ageing we need to understand the biological, psychosocial, and environmental factors that influence how we age. We use large national and international ageing data bases to examine the predictors of healthy ageing and the consequences of chronic conditions in old age. We also collect qualitative data on the experience of ageing.
Please contact Professor Colette Browning c.browning@federation.edu.au

The management of chronic conditions and multi-morbidity in older people

Chronic diseases/conditions contribute to the global burden of disease for older people including early death and disability. These chronic conditions are amenable to prevention and management through risk factor modification. Behavioural risk factors for many chronic conditions include diet (under or over nutrition) physical inactivity, poor sleep, and smoking.
Please contact Professor Colette Browning c.browning@federation.edu.au

Design and co-design for healthy ageing

Research could be pursued designing solutions to promote and support healthy ageing, the ageing workforce or workforce participation in older age with a possible focus on service or system design, health and aged care.
Please contact Associate Professor Danny Hills d.hills@federation.edu.au

Mental health and well-being, and ageing

Research could be pursued in relation to promoting and supporting mental health and well-being in older people.
Please contact Associate Professor Danny Hills d.hills@federation.edu.au

In the Ageing field potential research projects may include:

  1. Ageing in rural communities.
  2. Psychological well-being in the very old.
  3. Multi-morbidity: International Comparisons.
  4. Chronic illness management in older people.
  5. Cultural influences on ageism and ageing well.
  6. Ageing in diverse, vulnerable or marginalised people or communities.

Non-communicable diseases

This program of research involves local, national and international collaborators from Australia and Bangladesh focussing upon preventable risk factors, disparities and management outcomes for non-communicable diseases.

Please contact Associate Professor Aziz Rahman ma.rahman@federation.edu.au

In this field potential research projects may include:

  1. Prevention of cardiac/diabetes/cancer.
  2. Gender difference in diagnosis and management of cardiac/diabetes/cancer.

Public health/health promotion

Projects focus upon public health/health promotion issues, including disadvantaged, multicultural and migrant populations. Additionally, work on tobacco control with international collaborators relating to the smoking behaviour of health professionals, electronic cigarette usage and smokeless tobacco use.

Please contact Associate Professor Aziz Rahman ma.rahman@federation.edu.au

In this field potential research projects may include:

  1. Health and wellbeing of disadvantaged/multicultural/migrant populations.
  2. Health promotion projects targeting disadvantaged/multicultural/migrant populations.
  3. Smoking behaviours and cessation.

Emergency health service integration and public safety

In collaboration with Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) there are opportunities for joint projects around emergency health, public safety and emergency health service integration.

Complex emergency resourcing

There is a need for research, analytics and sector strategy for multi-agency emergency events, including the frequency of small incidents and large-scale disaster events, resource requirements and service provision such as medical responder programs.

Please contact Professor Colette Browning c.browning@federation.edu.au

Evaluation models and programs

A rang of evaluation activities in the La Trobe Valley, Victoria, Australia, including an evaluation of the impact of a volunteering program, food bank,  ‘Men’s Sheds’ and mental health and smoking cessation programs.

Please contact Associate Professor Joanne Porter on joanne.porter@federation.edu.au

In these fields potential research projects may include:

  1. Development of evaluation models and approaches
  2. Regional development programs that have the potential for international impact