Health and Medicine Research

With over 300 researchers, 360 research higher degree students, and state-of-the-art facilities, the Faculty of Health and Medicine is the leading earner of research income at the University of Newcastle and prides itself on its ability to deliver world-class research and innovation.

Research in our Schools

Asthma and Respiratory DiseasesAsthma and Respiratory Diseases

The Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular processes that are associated with the development and progression of respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based MedicineBioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine

The Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine (CIBM) is committed to shortening the process of obtaining novel discoveries to achieve distinctively better outcomes in clinical practice and translational individualised medicine.

CancerCancer

The Priority Research Centre for Cancer aims to integrate basic science & clinical research bi-directionally, to facilitate rapid development and implementation of our research discoveries, and to stimulate lab research on priority questions generated from the clinic.

Cancer Metastasis ResearchCancer Metastasis Research

The Cancer Metastasis Research Unit is a research-only division of medical biochemistry devoted to research into the biology of cancer metastasis. The Unit provides laboratory training at post-graduate and post-doctoral level.

Chlamydia Research Chlamydia Research

The Chlamydia Research Group (CRG) is a major research group in the Discipline of Immunology and Microbiology. The group is funded by research grants from the NHMRC, the ARC, the HRC (NZ) and has substantial industry funding and is also part of the HMRI VIVA research group.

Clinical Nutrition Research CentreClinical Nutrition Research Centre

Professor Peter Howe from the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy is Director of the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC).  It offers Australia's foremost expertise in the design and conduct of human intervention trials to evaluate cardiovascular, metabolic, anti-inflammatory and mental health benefits of functional nutrients, foods and nutraceuticals.

Nutraceuticals Research Nutraceuticals Research

The area of Nutraceuticals has long been the focus of the research group headed by Professor Manohar Garg. Nutraceuticals, dietary supplements and functional foods have been the research focus of the many successful research higher degree students and postdoctoral fellows. This group brings together a number of academic staff members and their research personnel from the Faculty of Health and Medicine, Faculty of Science & IT and Faculty of Education & Arts under one umbrella.

Reproductive ScienceReproductive Science

The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science works to improve the health of pregnant women and provides key information on the determinants of 'A Healthy Start to Life'.

Translational Neuroscience and Mental HealthTranslational Neuroscience and Mental Health

The Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH) is focused on increasing understanding of brain/mental disorders including schizophrenia, stroke, pain and sensory dysfunction, ageing and cognition, depression, and balance disorders.

Translation in Stroke ResearchTranslation in Stroke Research

The Translational Research in Stroke laboratory is part of the Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH). We have a current strong focus in stroke neuroprotection, imaging and basic pathophysiology. We have active collaborations with several members of our own school, other schools within the University, with the clinical stroke research team based at the John Hunter Hospital.

Adult Lifestyle Incentives for Vitality and EnergyAdult Lifestyle Incentives for Vitality and Energy

ALIVE is a cross-disciplinary collaboration among our University community that supports health professionals to assist their clients with weight management through lifestyle changes. The group is affiliated with the PRC for Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) and The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).

Australian Centre for Evidence Based Nutrition and DieteticsAustralian Centre for Evidence Based Nutrition and Dietetics

ACEBaND participates in the University of Newcastle evidence-based synthesis group; which is an affiliated centre of the University of Western Sydney in collaboration with the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI).  It is the only centre with an exclusive focus on nutrition internationally.

Family Action Centre (FAC)Family Action Centre (FAC)

The Family Action Centre (FAC) is a practice, teaching and research centre working with families and communities in all their diverse forms.

Gender, Health and AgeingGender, Health and Ageing

The Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing focuses on the individual and social factors that affect the health and well-being of men and women as they age, and the ways in which communities and organisations respond to an ageing population.

Newcastle University Evidence-Based Nutrition and DieteticsNewcastle University Evidence-Based Nutrition and Dietetics

NUEBaND is a collaboration that is designed to build the capacity and hence research capacity of the academic and conjoint staff of the University of Newcastle.  In Nutrition and Dietetics this is done through collaboration amongst our University community and outreach to the professional practising community, unifying and moving forward.

Physical Activity and NutritionPhysical Activity and Nutrition

The Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition investigates physical activity and nutrition for population health, with particular emphasis on education and health promotion strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.

Reproductive ScienceReproductive Science

The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science works to improve the health of pregnant women and provides key information on the determinants of 'A Healthy Start to Life'.

Translational Neuroscience and Mental HealthTranslational Neuroscience and Mental Health

The Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH) is focused on increasing understanding of brain/mental disorders including schizophrenia, stroke, pain and sensory dysfunction, ageing and cognition, depression, and balance disorders.

Asthma and Respiratory DiseasesAsthma and Respiratory Diseases

The Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular processes that are associated with the development and progression of respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based MedicineBioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine

The Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine (CIBM) is committed to shortening the process of obtaining novel discoveries to achieve distinctively better outcomes in clinical practice and translational individualised medicine.

CancerCancer

The Priority Research Centre for Cancer aims to integrate basic science & clinical research bi-directionally, to facilitate rapid development and implementation of our research discoveries, and to stimulate lab research on priority questions generated from the clinic.

The Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) provides national and international education programs in public health for health professionals and the promotion and delivery of trans-disciplinary research into health and health care.

Clinical Radiation ResearchClinical Radiation Research

In Radiation Oncology, one patient's care is managed by many: radiation oncologists (doctors), medical physics specialists, radiation therapists and nurses. Administration staff manage the complex task of fitting in so many people to receive their treatment and follow-up, and Clinical Trials Coordinators make sure that when study participants agree to take part in a trial, they know what to expect.

Clinical ToxicologyClinical Toxicology

The Clinical Toxicology Research Group focuses on improving understanding of poisoning and envenoming in patients and undertaking studies to determine the effectiveness of antidotes and antivenoms in treatment of these conditions.

Gender, Health and AgeingGender, Health and Ageing

The Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing focuses on the individual and social factors that affect the health and well-being of men and women as they age, and the ways in which communities and organisations respond to an ageing population.

Health BehaviourHealth Behaviour

The Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB) uses intervention and service delivery to promote healthy behaviours and good quality healthcare across communities.

Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and DevelopmentPrimary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development

PHCRED (Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development) is a national strategy funded federally by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing aimed at encouraging and supporting research and evaluation capacity building in primary health care (including General Practice).

Reproductive ScienceReproductive Science

The Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science works to improve the health of pregnant women and provides key information on the determinants of 'A Healthy Start to Life'.

Resources Health and SafetyResources Health and Safety

The Centre for Resources Health and Safety draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of University researchers spanning disciplines including workplace health and safety, psychology, psychiatry, respiratory studies and environmental impacts, to meet sector demand in this area and facilitate industry and government collaborations for the benefit of communities in resource intensive regions.

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) aims to improve the provision of mental health services through the identification of and response to the needs of rural and remote communities. In particular, this includes the development of appropriate service models for rural mental health care, providing professional development opportunities for clinical staff and offering education and training.

Translational Neuroscience and Mental HealthTranslational Neuroscience and Mental Health

The Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH) is focused on increasing understanding of brain/mental disorders including schizophrenia, stroke, pain and sensory dysfunction, ageing and cognition, depression, and balance disorders.

Youth Outreach for DiabetesYouth Outreach for Diabetes

Young people with type 1 diabetes are transferred from comprehensive outreach paediatric services to adult services at around 18 years of age. Many rural adult services have few resources to specifically support them, and the culture is more focused on compliance and long term complications. Young people are expected to have competent self management skills, which is often not the case as there are limited transition programs within Hunter New England Health. This issue is important as they are life longer users of the health care system.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery specialises in a number of research areas and have an extensive list of researchers. Find a researcher.

School Research Groups

Health Professional Education

Convenor: Professor Tracy Levett-Jones

The Centre for Health Professional Education is committed to engaging in a systematic and rigorous program of research that will examine the effectiveness of curricula interventions as well as the impact of health professional education on patient outcomes.

Visit our website: Centre for Health Professional Education

Older Person's Care Research Group

Convenor: Professor Isabel Higgins

The COPC team collaborate on research and scholarly activity relating to the provision of optimal care for older people in a range of settings.  

We respond to issues and concerns in pursuit of Person Centred Care for older people. We seek to understand the experience of older adults and their families or significant others in a range of contexts in which they deal with and manage their health concerns. Under-pinning our research collaborations is the need to build research capacity and evidence within a multidisciplinary framework and give nursing input and direction to policy and practice. 

Mental Health Research Group

Convenor: Professor Michael Hazelton

The focus of the Mental Health Research Group is on the development and evaluation of nursing led psychosocial intervention strategies and techniques for therapeutic engagement with and for the users of mental health services. Researchers within the group have particular interests in areas such as the development of effective interventions for high vulnerability populations such as persons with borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia and immigrants and asylum seekers with mental health problems; the improvement of communication between mental health practitioners and practitioners and service users; the development of strategies for reducing stigma and safeguarding the human rights of persons with mental illness; and approaches to improving the mental health literacy of students and practitioners in the fields of nursing and midwifery.

Members of the Mental Health Research Group are affiliated with the Translational Mental Health in Communities and Services research sub-group of the Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Newcastle, the Mental Health Nursing Research and Practice Development Unit with Hunter New England Mental Health and the BRICS group within the Hunter Medical Research Institute

Health Services Research Group

Convenor: Associate Professor Ashley Kable

The Health Service Research Group is focused on conducting research in the clinical context that addresses clinical problems and measures the delivery of health services and associated outcomes and impact on patients and their carers.

Other Research Groups

University of Newcastle Evidence Based Health Care Group: a JBI Evidence Synthesis Group

The JBI Evidence Synthesis Group: University of Newcastle Evidence Based Health Care Group is affiliated with the NSW Centre for Evidence Based Health Care, University of Western Sydney and the Joanna Briggs Institute, an International collaboration of nursing and allied health systematic review centres.

The University of Newcastle Evidence Based Health Care Group has members from the School of Nursing & Midwifery, School of Medicine and Public Health and the School of Health Sciences.
These Schools in the Faculty of Health and Medicine are committed to growth in research outputs and impact. Much of this research is multi-disciplinary and is highly relevant to clinical practice and professional contemporary health service delivery in a range of settings and communities.

Visit our website: http://joannabriggs.org/jbc.aspx


Youth Outreach for DiabetesYouth Outreach for Diabetes

Young people with type 1 diabetes are transferred from comprehensive outreach paediatric services to adult services at around 18 years of age. Many rural adult services have few resources to specifically support them, and the culture is more focused on compliance and long term complications. Young people are expected to have competent self management skills, which is often not the case as there are limited transition programs within Hunter New England Health. This issue is important as they are life longer users of the health care system.