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The Faculty of Health supports innovative research that is high quality, high impact and internationally recognised for its locally engaged, regionally responsive and internationally and nationally relevant approach to the prevention of illness and promotion of health and wellbeing, human dignity and safety in families and communities.

Southern Cross University is committed to producing research and research training with global relevance and impact. Our large regional footprint - extending from Coffs Harbour on the NSW Mid North Coast through to Queensland’s Gold Coast - focuses the Faculty’s research expertise to the promotion of health in individuals and communities, and to the delivery of focused, person-centred health care.

One of the great strengths of the Faculty's research is its level of engagement with local and regional health service organisations, sporting institutions and peak bodies, private providers and local schools.

We focus our research through the Health and Wellbeing Research Group.

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The Health and Wellbeing Research Group has two Research Centres and three Research Themes

We are committed to optimising the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities in Australia and around the globe by conducting robust, innovative, and internationally significant research. The Centre focuses on four keys areas of research: natural drug discovery and development; non-pharmacological interventions; integrative models of care; and traditional knowledge.

For more information, visit NCNM.

At the Centre for Children and Young People, our research focuses on the rights and wellbeing of children and young people (0-25 years) in the different contexts in which they live their lives. Children and young people’s views and experiences are central to the research that we do, why we do it and how it is approached.

For more information, visit the Centre for Children and Young People.

This research theme incorporates a range of disciplines focused on wellness, management of acute and chronic conditions, community development, public health and community health, and builds on SCU’s foundations in mental health nursing, allied health, social work, community welfare, exercise science, public health, environmental health and maternal and child health. Health workforce development and health professional education is also a major aspect of this theme. 

For more information, visit the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing theme.

This theme has three streams:

  1. health services research;
  2. pre-clinical and clinical research that involve a range of health professionals and biomedical scientists; and
  3. health workforce development for clinical service delivery.  Nursing, midwifery, allied health and biomedical researchers work in multi-disciplinary teams with a range of clinical partners in this theme.

For more information, visit the Health Services, Clinical and Community theme.

This theme focuses on physical activity and sports performance.  It also links with social, psychological, biomedical and biomechanical researchers in the service of illness and injury prevention, sports and human performance, physical fitness promotion and chronic illness management.

For more information, visit the Physical Activity, Sport and Exercise Research theme.

Research News

The Faculty encourages innovative and multidisciplinary approaches in health and human sciences research and research training.

Our newsletter is designed to highlight research activities and outputs and make the link to the impact our research is having out in the world.

Faculty of Health Research Newsletter December 2023

Faculty of Health Research Newsletter September 2023

Faculty of Health Research Newsletter July 2023

Faculty of Health Research Newsletter March 2023

Research Degrees

Change people’s lives for the better and push the frontiers of health knowledge by undertaking a higher degree by research with the Faculty of Health, under the supervision of our research staff.


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“I hope my research helps communities develop greater empathy towards diverse ways of thinking.”

Participate in one of our clinical trials

National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine clinical trials

NCNM clinical trials

Other health clinical trials

Other health clinical trials

Contact the Faculty of Health

Executive Assistant to the Executive Dean

Donna Simon
T: +61 7 5589 3224

Associate Dean Research

Professor Marianne Wallis AM
M: +61 427 633 708

Associate Dean Education

Professor Fiona Naumann
T: +61 7 5589 3470