Research Success

Collated on this page is an archive of the University's Research Directions fact sheets. The fact sheets give an overview of research at the University.

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Son protecting his family
Culturally responsive family services (PDF File 83.1 KB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Susan Armstrong is collaborating with Anglicare, CatholicCare and Interrelate Family Centres to provide research to support Family Relationship Centres in Parramatta and Bankstown to develop a culturally responsive model of family dispute resolution.

Suburban Street With New Modern Houses In A Sydney Suburb On A Sunny Summer Day, Australia
It's worth how much!? (PDF File 85.3 KB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor John MacFarlane from the School of Computing and Mathematics in collaboration with the Office of the NSW Valuer General is continuing to develop and evaluate the NSW Mass Valuation System for land and property valuation.

active brain
Protective Hormones (PDF File 84.6 KB) (opens in a new window)
Professor Nikolaus Sucher of the Centre for Complementary Medicine is investigating the ability of hormones such as oestrogen and other similar natural compounds to protect the brain from degenerative disease by looking at their effects on a molecular level. This research is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Portrait of a Vietnamese family of mother and daughter
Increasing health literacy for Australian-Vietnamese women (PDF File 82.4 KB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Sansnee Jirojwong, Dr Sharon Hillege and Associate Professor Virginia Schmied of the School of Nursing and Midwifery with Professor Pranee LiamPuttong of Latrobe University are developing multimedia educational materials to help Vietnamese-Australian women with gestational diabetes improve their self-management of this condition. Funded by the Department of Health and Ageing.

A nurse holding a baby
Evaluating practice nurse scholarships (PDF File 82.9 KB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Elizabeth Halcomb from the Family and Community Health Research Group and Professor Patricia Davidson from Curtin University of Technology will evaluate the impact of scholarships on the quality of care and confidence of general practice nurses within Australia. This project has been funded by the Australian Department of Health & Aging through the Australian Practice Nurses Association (APNA).

close-up portraitm worker man mine
Evaluating the suicide risk of men in the Pilbara Region (PDF File 80.2 KB) (opens in a new window)
Mr Michael Woods from the Men's Health Information & Resource Centre (MHIRC) will be evaluating a newly implemented suicide intervention scheme with construction and mining workers in the Pilbara region. This research was funded by OzHelp Foundation Ltd.

Arial view of a mountain lake
Fire affects on tree water use (PDF File 92.3 KB) (opens in a new window)
Professor David Tissue from the Centre for Plants and the Environment is examining the impact of forest fire on water use by trees and groundwater recharge within a highland catchment. This research is an Australian Research Council Linkage project supported by the Australian Capital Territory's water utility, ACTEW Corporation.

fresh vanilla beans
Producing high quality vanilla (PDF File 81.9 KB) (opens in a new window)
Mrs Sahar Van Dyk along with Associate Professor Paul Holford, Associate Professor Robert Spooner-Hart and Adjunct Professor Barry McGlasson from the Centre for Plants and the Environment is developing a world-class natural vanilla growing and processing technology. This research is funded by the Australian Vanilla Plantations Pty Ltd.

Red fox (lat. vulpes vulpes) in front of a pile of wood in the forest
Outfoxing the Foxes (PDF File 85.1 KB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Julie Old, Dr Ricky Spencer and Mr Jack Wolfenden from the School of Natural Sciences are investigating the impact that foxes and other predators have on shorebird populations and endangered bird species on the Central Coast. This research is supported by the Gosford City Council.

Health care worker and elderly woman in wheelchair giving the thumb-up sign
Transformation of Care (PDF File 84.3 KB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor Jane Mears from the School of Social Sciences and Ms Eva Garcia from Social Justice Social Change are researching ways to increase knowledge and understanding of formal home care provision for older people and those with disabilities and to identify promising care practices and policies. This project is being supported by Ageing, Disability and Home Care in the NSW Department of Human Services.

Cleaning a wound with water
The cleansing power of tap water (PDF File 77.9 KB) (opens in a new window)
Professor Rhonda Griffiths and Dr Ritin Fernandez of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, along with a team of researchers are investigating whether tap water can be used as an alternative to packaged saline solution for cleaning wounds in community health care settings. This research is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Bruised nurse
Violence in Hospitals (PDF File 80.8 KB) (opens in a new window)
Professor Debra Jackson along with Dr Lauretta Luck and Professor Lesley Wilkes from the School of Nursing and Midwifery are investigating the validity of a violence assessment tool available in hospitals. This research is a Linkage Project funded by the Australian Research Council.

School teacher writes on the chalkboard
Teaching the COGs for Better Teaching (PDF File 99.8 KB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor Wayne Sawyer from the Centre for Educational Research and Associate Professor Christine Johnston from the School of Education have been investigating the impact of professional learning on the attitudes and capacity of teachers in schools using a new type of curriculum planning. This research was funded by the NSW Department of Education and Training.

storm water drain
Urban Geology (PDF File 80.9 KB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Ian Wright from the School of Natural Sciences, together with Ku-ring-gai Council has been awarded a UWS Research Partnership grant to investigate the impact of public drainage systems on urban water streams and creeks.

An indigenous Australian man
Indigenous Health Outcomes Patient Evaluation (IHOPE) (PDF File 82.1 KB) (opens in a new window)
Professor Louisa Jorm, Ms Sandra Lujic and Ms Deborah Randall from the School of Medicine, together with a team of researchers, are researching inequalities of Aboriginal health, through the comparison of hospital care for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. This research was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.


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