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Health & Wellbeing

The Health & Wellbeing research group at Southern Cross University focuses upon the knowledge and evidence associated with the laws of health and well-being. The research team explore how health is improved and maintained, through a series of health research measures based upon patient care activities and then managed into curriculum development.

The overall mission of the School is to facilitate the nexus between research, education and practice thereby ensuring good patient care and practitioner competence and capability. The primary activity of the Research Cluster for Health and Wellbeing is to conduct the research using a variety of methodologies, qualitative and quantitative, focusing around programmatic areas that build on current research strengths and engage multi-disciplinary teams.

The Health and Wellbeing research group places an emphasis on clinical, health service, health policy, health promotion and disease prevention research, as well as research which addresses the structural and systemic factors that impact on health and well-being in a broader sense. The research seeks to answer questions about what works and does not work in health and to improve understanding of both the clinical and cost effectiveness of new technologies as well as current practices. Issues of particular relevance in rural/regional areas, and issues affecting indigenous people also feature strongly in the work of the group.

Researcher Profiles

Professor Iain GrahamProfessor Andrew Cashin

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Professor of Health Care Development
Head of School, School of Health & Human Sciences

  • Nursing theory, art, and science development
  • Leadership
  • Cultural aspects of health
  • Health improvements and system redesign

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Professor of Nursing
Nurse Clinic Practitioner, SCU Primary Health Clinic

  • Mental health
  • Autism
Professor Colleen CartwrightDr. Sonya Brownie

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Professor of Aged Services

  • Aged care
  • Aged services
  • End of life issues

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  • Complementary medicines usage in the older age group
  • Health and wellbeing of older people
Dr Stephen ProvostDr Gail Moloney

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Lecturer, Psychology

  • Pavlovian conditioning
  • Stimulus equivalence
  • Psychopharmacology of nicotine and oestrogen with respect to learning, impulsivity and fatigue
  • Implicit learning
  • The scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education

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Senior Lecturer, Psychology

  • Social representations theory and social identity
  • Community and the re-settlement of forced migrants
  • Inter-group relations
  • Social understandings of organ donation and transplantation
  • Blood donation after organ donation and transplantation
  • Climate change
Dr. Marie Hutchinson 

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  • Child and family health nursing
  • Nursing workforce issues including workplace bullying and retention factors


Updated: 28 January 2014