Our research purpose in summary is:
We aim to make a significant contribution to socially just public health policy and practice in Australia and Internationally.
In order to achieve this, we conduct quality research, disseminate the findings actively and to a range of audiences, advocate for improved policies and practices and work closely with practitioners and communities. We have expertise in a broad range of methodologies and methods, and currently undertake studies using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. In terms of qualitative research, we use depth interviews, ethnographies, focus groups, discourse analysis, consensus building techniques (such as the Nominal Group Technique) and methods of deliberative democracy (such as Citizen’s Juries). In terms of quantitative methods, we use randomised control trials, cross-sectional surveys and secondary analyses of epidemiological and administrative datasets. We also undertake Systematic Reviews and Realist Reviews in order to provide evidence for policy making. Within all of our research, we apply and develop a broad range of theories from psychology, politics, sociology and anthropology.
Research teams at the Discipline of Public Health work closely with other academics, practitioners, community representatives and institutions. We have successfully applied for a significant number of national and international grants from funding bodies including the National Health and Medical Research Council NH&MRC (Australia), Australian Research Council ARC, Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Indigenous Heritage Program (IHP) Australia.