Health and wellbeing

Our research strengths have led to the formation of important research centres including the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, which identifies early signs of autism in children, and the Judith Lumley Centre, which conducts groundbreaking trials in midwifery, breastfeeding and ways to reduce caesarean rates.

We have established clinical and industry partnerships in the Health & Wellbeing sector and are undertaking high-quality research with key clinical partners in healthcare systems, healthcare delivery and translational research in nursing, midwifery, allied health and public health. We also have strong capability in regional Victoria, due to our Rural Health School in Bendigo and our physical presence in Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton.

La Trobe University is a leader in healthcare innovation, translation and delivery with a reputation for world-class research in the areas of:

  1. Ageing and aged care
  2. Disability
  3. Disease discovery and treatment
  4. Mental health and wellbeing
  5. Public health
  6. Rehabilitation
  7. Sexual health and families
  8. Sport and healthy living
Hear about some of the projects our researchers have been working on;

Early detection of autism
Helping stroke patients regain a sense of touch
Promoting family wellbeing
John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing
The Australian Ballet partnership

Fast facts

  • world-class research, education expertise and established clinical and industry partnerships in the Health & Wellbeing sector.
  • more than 250 Higher Degree Research (HDR) students and 50 professors from health-related fields
  • over 2,500 students graduate annually from health courses
  • renowned for research work on cancer, antibiotic resistance, stroke and disease detection and eradication
  • working directly with some of Victoria’s major health care providers
  • partnering with the private sector to deliver a new sub-acute hospital in Melbourne’s north

Specialised facilities

  • Research laboratory space (20% PC2-certified) for fundamental research
  • Wet and dry laboratories
  • Consulting spaces for research and clinical trials in allied health, nutrition, early childhood development
  • Instrument laboratory space containing cutting-edge equipment such as electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy
  • Research equipment and facilities
  • Research platforms

Research Centres

  • Academic and Research Collaborative in Health
  • Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing
  • Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society
  • The Bouverie Centre
  • Centre for Alcohol Policy Research
  • Centre for Ergonomics & Human Factors
  • Centre for Health Communication & Participation
  • Centre for Health Law and Society
  • Centre for Sport and Social Impact
  • The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre
  • CRE in Aphasia Recovery & Rehabilitation
  • John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research
  • Judith Lumley Centre
  • La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science
  • La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre
  • Living with Disability Research Centre
  • Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre
  • Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute
  • Palliative Care Unit
  • Research Centre for Cardiovascular Biology and Disease
  • Research Centre for Extracellular Vesicles
  • Research Centre for Molecular Cancer Prevention
  • Centres of Excellence in Simulation Based Education and Training
  • Biomedical and Environmental Sensor Technology Research Centre

Major Partners

  • Alfred Hospital
  • Annecto Inc.
  • Australian Ballet
  • Beyond Blue
  • Brotherhood of St. Laurence
  • Carlton Football Club
  • Co-Health
  • COTA Victoria
  • Dementia Australia
  • Dementia Training Australia
  • Department of Human Services
  • DXC Technology
  • Eastern Health
  • Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria
  • Inclusion Melbourne
  • Melbourne City Football Club
  • Melbourne Health
  • Michael J Fox Foundation
  • Multiple Sclerosis Australia
  • National Association of People with HIV Australia
  • National Disability Service
  • National Institute for Health Research
  • Northern Health
  • Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre
  • Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Safer Care Victoria
  • Shake It Up Australia
  • Specialisterne Australia
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital
  • Summer Foundation
  • The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
  • The Department of Health
  • The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
  • Victorian Government Maternal and Child Health Services
  • Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative

Relevant assets in Melbourne's North

  • Heidelberg health cluster
  • Northern Health Epping
  • Northern Health Bundoora

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