Health Sciences (School listing)
Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Dr Manikam Pillay's research focuses on advancing occupational health and safety management by investigating and addressing gaps between work-as-imagined and-work-as-performed by integrating: contemporary health and safety; accident causation, prevention and management; organizational safety behaviour and culture; high-reliability and resilience engineering.
Deborah’s research in Family Studies focuses on strengthening inclusivity and diversity. Her research into the International and Australian fields of Family Studies and Boys’ Education investigates how positive change towards inclusivity occurs in policy, research, teaching and service practices.
Jennifer St George is Senior Lecturer in Family Studies. Her current research investigates father-child rough-and-tumble play and its effects on child social behaviour. She uses observational and qualitative methodologies to explore personal and developmental aspects of family life.
Graeme is passionate about inclusive, empowering processes that help create a better world. His research and teaching interests include strengths-based approaches to working with families and communities, community engagement and parenting socially/environmentally responsible children.
Medical Radiation Sciences
Dr Surjan's program of research focuses on two distinct areas of study; evaluation of teaching and learning practice of undergraduate health professionals (radiation therapists) and research in the area of radiation therapy clinical applications in the context of translational research in veterinary cancer treatments.
Nutrition and Dietetics
Dr Tamara Bucher started her professional research career as a biochemist, but her interest in the way that chemicals interact with human bodies began to evolve when she made an important realisation...
An authority on all things digital and dietary. Dr Melinda Hutchesson is helping young adults manage their weight by pursuing mainstream nutrition from not-so-mainstream angles.
Dr Kirrilly Pursey is working to optimise treatment outcomes for patients who display addictive-like behaviours toward food. With an improved definition of what food addiction looks like, patients could be better diagnosed and treated.
Dr Samantha Ashby is a senior lecturer in occupational therapy. Her areas of research include investigating the strategies for improving the professional resilience in the mental health workforce, occupation-based practice in mental health, and the translation of theoretical knowledge into occupational therapy curricula and practice settings.
Oral Health Therapy
Dr Janet Wallace is a registered Oral Health Therapist and her research expertise includes student placement in residential aged care, service -learning evaluation, oral health of older people living in residential aged care, nutrition and oral health, pediatric aboriginal oral health, geriatric oral health student placements, clinical oral health therapy, and oral health therapy teaching.
Catherine is a senior lecturer and clinical education manager in Physiotherapy. Her research focuses on the practice of cardiopulmonary physiotherapy and on learning and education in the clinical setting. She is particularly interested in understanding and optimising the management of physiotherapy clinical education and the preparation of students and educators for clinical placement.
Andrea’s research interests comprise of paediatric rheumatology, juvenile diabetes (T1DM), type 2 diabetes, joint hypermobility syndrome, biomechanics, sport injuries, orthotic management and musculoskeletal problems. His published work is providing new research evidence for podiatrists working within the paediatric rheumatology multidisciplinary team.
Dr Fiona Hawke is a podiatrist with a Graduate Certificate in the Practice of Tertiary Teaching and a PhD in Medicine. Fiona has expertise in the areas of lower limb muscle cramp, foot orthoses, systematic reviews and foot health in Indigenous Australians.
Peta has worked in a variety of areas within podiatric practice, including private practice in both rural and regional areas, and public practice in a High Risk Foot Clinic.
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