Research within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences covers a broad range of investigations in each of the constituent disciplines - Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Speech Pathology, as well as interdisciplinary projects involving researchers across the school, and with colleagues within other University faculties. All divisions have an internationally recognised research profile.
Audiology staff conduct cutting edge research in the areas of:
- Rehabilitation of older people with hearing impairment
- Neonatal hearing testing
- Amplification use in young adults with profound hearing impairment
- Central auditory processing (CAP) and central auditory processing disorder (CAPD)
- Communication in residential aged care facilities
- Anticancer drugs in children, effects on hearing
- The diagnosis and management of acoustic neuromas.
In Occupational Therapy research is broadly grouped into the areas of:
- Children's skill acquisition
- Stroke outcomes and caregiver burden
- Work assessment and research
- Experience of disability and service delivery evaluation
- Curriculum/professional pedagogy
- Evidence based practice.
International collaboration with colleagues in Canada, Israel, The United Kingdom, The United States, New Zealand continues to expand.
Physiotherapy has a number of internationally recognised research units including:
- The Human Neuroscience Research Unit
- The Cervical Spine and Whiplash Research Unit
- The Musculoskeletal Pain and Injury Research Unit
- The Joint Stability Research Unit
- The Paediatric Physiotherapy Research Unit
- The Geriatric and Neurology Research Unit.
The core research areas are motor control, pain, prevention and rehabilitation of movement and musculoskeletal dysfunction.
Speech Pathology promotes international collaborations and conducts world class research. In addition to research in paediatrics, the Division administers two Category 1 Research Centres and co-administers one Category 2 Research Centre. The Category 1 Research Centres are the Motor Speech Research Unit and the Communication Disability in Ageing Research Unit, and the Category 2 Centre for Research in Language Processing and Linguistics.
One of the core strengths of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is its ability to integrate the collective clinical and research skills and expertise of academic staff and postgraduate students within the four primary health and rehabilitation professions of audiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech pathology.
The School also offers an extensive range of academic programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A recent new development has been the introduction of Graduate Entry Masters programs in the disciplines of audiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology providing an alternative entry point to these professions for students who possess a previous degree.
Several clinics are administered within the school and, in addition to offering a quality service to the community, they provide students with experience in the clinical aspects of their degrees and provide opportunities for specialised teaching and research.