About our research

Industry collaborations and social impacts

The School of Health and Human Sciences (SHHS) supports innovative research in basic and applied sciences in health, with a particular emphasis on the needs of regional and rural communities. Staff and postgraduate students engage in research across all areas of health and human sciences, publishing regularly in national and international scholarly journals. Southern Cross University aims to create research and research training that has global and regional relevance and impact. It has a large regional footprint that extends from Coffs Harbour to the Gold Coast and brings expertise from researchers in the School to the promotion of health in individuals and communities, and to the delivery of regionally focused, person-centred health care.

Increasingly it is necessary to integrate basic, applied and health services research utilising a broad range of qualitative and quantitative approaches; the agenda is translation and impact on health and society. The disciplines represented in the SHHS are playing a major role, regionally and nationally, in this integration with promotion of a collaborative approach to research. We are actively drawing on various disciplines and professional groups to bring the perspectives of diverse knowledge areas to bear on the complex issues of the human condition. The need for new approaches to evolve the pedagogy associated with preparing the health workforce is also receiving more of our attention.

The School's journey in establishing a research identity is growing, and we continue to advance with many staff being increasingly research productive. The next two years will see the evolution of clinical research centres and of the University Clinics, focusing upon primary care research activity in partnership with other bodies.

Download the School of Health and Human Sciences Annual Research Report 2018 for an overview of our research activities and achievements.

Previous Annual Reports

SHHS Research Report 2017
SHHS Research Report 2015
SHHS Research Report 2014
SHHS Research Report 2012-2013

Research areas

Staff from the School of Health and Human Sciences are engaged in a range of research activities across the disciplines of nursing, midwifery, allied health, clinical sciences, clinical exercise physiology, exercise science, psychology, cognitive neuroscience and public health. The School encourages multidisciplinary approaches in health and human sciences research and research training, under the broad areas of:


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Call for participants

A preliminary investigation on the effects of intermittent exposure to hypoxia on glucose homeostasis

Research supervision

If you are interested in undertaking research within our School, we offer higher degrees by research including the Master of Science (Research) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and can provide research supervision in a broad range of areas. Enquiries are welcomed and applications can be made at any time of the year.

For more information, visit our Higher Degrees by Research page.