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Research at the Faculty of Health Sciences

Discovering new ways to improve health and wellbeing for all
We are solving critical health problems by discovering new ways of tackling society’s biggest challenges, influencing health policy by transformative thinking, and developing new models of healthcare delivery.

About health sciences research

We lead research into health and wellbeing that continues to make a real difference to people's lives. We do this through multidisciplinary and collaborative research, partnering with local and global organisations, and working closely with people and communities to identify solutions that directly translate to health benefits.

We have prioritised a number of cross-cutting research themes that reflect the strength, diversity and depth of our research. This structure enables us to be responsive to changes in the health and medical research landscape, and rapidly address societal, industry, government and global priorities.

Download our Health Sciences Research Guide (pdf, 11.9MB) to find out about the work our researchers are doing across our key research themes.

Research highlights

Our research theme leaders engage with key stakeholders across the University, nationally and internationally to ensure our research discoveries have the greatest impact to benefit society. Some recent achievements include:

  • designing new interventions to achieve our potential for ageing productively and ageing well
  • dramatically improving the accuracy of breast cancer detection
  • shattering myths about rehabilitation after breast cancer treatment
  • designing the first effective treatments for stuttering in children
  • harnessing digital platforms to revolutionise key aspects of health services and healthcare
  • influencing policy and practice relating to people living with intellectual disability and people following acquired brain injury
  • preventing chronic disease, particularly chronic musculoskeletal conditions, and progressing towards the first cure for chronic pain
  • collaborating with BreastScreen NSW and the Sydney Breast Clinic, to design a web-based program that improves radiologists’ skills in detecting breast cancer - now used by 95 percent of radiologists in Australia
  • improving the understanding of human variation of the healthy population across the lifespan.

Major research themes

We conduct research across a number of the Faculty of Medicine and Health's major research themes including:

Other research themes

In addition to the research we conduct in line with the Faculty of Medicine and Health's major research themes, we have prioritised a number of cross-cutting research themes that reflect the strength, diversity and depth of our research. 

The Faculty of Health Sciences research themes are: