Research highlights

The Faculty of Health Sciences leads the world in allied health research and education. We collaborate with external partners and engage with real-world problems so our graduates can anticipate the healthcare issues of tomorrow while overcoming the challenges of today.


  • Our researchers, in collaboration with BreastScreen NSW and the Sydney Breast Clinic, have designed a web-based program that improves radiologists’ skills in detecting breast cancer. The program has been used by 95 percent of radiologists in Australia.
  • Together with the Brain and Mind Centre, our researchers are addressing one of Australia’s biggest social and economic health challenges – the decline in goal-directed decision-making of people with psychiatric diseases, neural degeneration, addiction and stroke.
  • Our researchers are measuring the physical capabilities of 1000 Australians aged between three and 100. This groundbreaking project improves the understanding of human variation of the healthy population across the lifespan. The database will be shared internationally by the University of Sydney via a free online portal.
  • We are committed to finding the cause of childhood stuttering. Our researchers at the Australian Stuttering Research Centre and the Brain and Mind Centre are scanning babies’ brains to find whether anomalies in neural speech processing, which affects people’s ability to make muscular movements with their mouths, are present at birth.
How to stay cool in the heat

Dr Ollie Jay gives us his top tips for staying cool on hot summer days.
What you should eat to get a good night's sleep

Associate Professor Chin-Moi Chow from Health Sciences gives us her food dos and don'ts for optimising sleep.
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Best Cancer Detection and Technology

Professor Patrick Brennan on his research involving the exploration of novel technologies and techniques that enhance the detection of clinical indicators of disease, whilst minimising risk to the patient.
Lifestyle Engagement Activity Program (LEAP)

Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low on the Lifestyle Engagement Activity Program (LEAP) for Life - a program to increase social and recreational engagement of home care clients.
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1000 Norms Project

Doctor Josh Burns on the 1000 Norms Project, aiming to improve our understanding of the physical capabilities of the healthy population across the lifespan.
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