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Transforming Health & Ageing for Better Health

The College of Health and Medicine has an international reputation for research in the prevention and management of chronic diseases particularly associated with ageing. Tasmania has a discrete health system enabling the University to collaborate closely with government agencies and health providers and contribute to transforming health outcomes for people in Tasmania and further afield.

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Our research is multi-disciplinary and encompasses basic to translational research models across five sub-themes of:

  • Dementia
  • Biomedicine
  • Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease
  • Neuroscience and Cognition
  • Healthcare and Support Services

PhD Opportunities

Researchers in the College of Health and Medicine are taking a new approach to health, which is predictive, preventative and participatory. We aspire to meet the healthcare needs of an ageing population with multiple chronic conditions, reduce the growing burden of preventable chronic disease, deliver convenient and affordable health services and improve consumer engagement in health care.

We work in a range of areas. Contact us today to discuss your Research Higher Degree options with one of our world-leading researchers.

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About Our Research Themes

The sub-theme of Neuroscience broadly captures research into understanding neurobiology, neurological disorders, cognition and the aging brain. This includes neural cell biology, the effects of brain stimulation and response to injury. Conditions of interest include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, epilepsy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease.

Dementia is one of the biggest public health concerns facing Australia and the world right now. Every six minutes, an Australian is diagnosed with dementia (Alzheimer's Australia). The Dementia sub-theme aims to enable quality improvements for people with dementia, their carers and family members. Research in this area is highly multi-disciplinary, spanning the neurosciences through to clinical intervention studies as well as health services research.

Key areas of interest within the sub-theme, Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease are chronic lung disease including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic kidney disease, arthritis, multimorbidity and other conditions associated with aging. Our scope includes biomedical research into mechanisms, prevention through lifestyle modification including exercise and behavioural change, medication and clinical management.

The sub-theme of Biomedicine employ a multidisciplinary approach to discover the mechanism of diseases, with the ultimate aim of identifying novel drug targets and developing new therapies. We use state of the art techniques and genetic models to unlock the potential aetiology of primarily chronic diseases. Our research is significant in infectious disease, cancer and genetics, working in the gastrointestinal, nervous, respiratory, immune and endocrine systems.

Research in this subtheme draws together expertise from multiple disciplines of the faculty in the design, delivery and evaluation of models of health care and support services.  The scope includes aged care, community and acute care in rural and urban contexts. Areas of interest include the patient experience, clinical leadership, community services, clinical redesign, health literacy, mental health, and the education of health professionals.

Participate in a research study

Researchers in the College of Health and Medicine invite members of the community to participate in research studies to help us transform health and healthcare in Tasmania and around the world.