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Research areas

Clinical outcomes

Our clinical research is embedded in networked models of care that are anchored in the primary care and mental health landscapes. SCU Health Clinics, our Collaborative Practice Unit with Northern NSW Local Health District, and the Mid-North Coast Health Research Collaborative form part of this network. The School's research focuses on person-centred care and, in particular, on people's lived experiences of health care.

Exercise, health and human performance

This research area incorporates cross-disciplinary research in sports science, exercise science and clinical exercise physiology, and the scientific determinants of health and wellbeing from a biological, physiological and neurophysiological perspective. Research across these areas investigates the underlying causes of disease, the basis of rehabilitation and recovery, and the exploration of new technologies for understanding and measuring health conditions.

With robust national and international research collaborations, this research area is an integral component of the School's health research profile, providing pivotal links between the university and sport, fitness, and health industries.

Health workforce development

This is an important translational research area incorporating workforce development, training, pedagogy in health sciences, interdisciplinary education and team development, innovation in and introduction of new roles in health, organisational development and leadership, and the rural health workforce. Findings from research in health workforce development inform clinical practice, policy, and teaching, as well as the School's course development and delivery.

Human behaviour and communications

This research area examines the scientific determinants of human behaviour and cognition from a biological, behavioural, and neuroscientific perspective, with a particular focus on social perceptions. Research in the area unpacks those brain mechanisms, and their correlates, associated with driving human interactions in everyday social environments.

This research area also capitalises on the extensive research infrastructure available to the School including well-resourced psychology laboratories in Coffs Harbour (e.g., social and cross-cultural, language and reading, executive-function and emotion, perception, learning, eye-movement tracking, and EEG) and physiological measuring equipment at Lismore.

Nursing and midwifery

The School of Health and Human Sciences' nursing and midwifery research is strongly engaged in our region, specialising in health practice development, workforce and policy research. This research area facilitates the nexus between research, education and practice to improve patient care as well as practitioner competence and capability. The School has formally established a nursing Collaborative Practice Unit with Northern NSW Local Health District, as well as strong research linkages with the Mid North Coast Local Health District.

Health pedagogical research

The School of Health and Human Sciences produces high quality health pedagogical research that has national and international significance. Our pedagogical research investigates and improves students' learning experiences and teaching practices. We have developed strengths in discipline-specific pedagogical research, interdisciplinary education research, and in research that focuses on the quality of practice-based education, including simulations in clinical education and benchmarking activities.