Research at Mildura

La Trobe University is committed to research within our regional communities and Mildura is an epicentre of some of La Trobe's fascinating and important research.

Researchers with an active research profile in Mildura

Mildura Campus staff are research active in our region, addressing real world problems where outcomes are translated into practice. There are also many La Trobe academics from our campus network conducting meaningful research in our community.

Get a research degree

Make a real world impact with a research degree at La Trobe University. If you live in Mildura and would like to talk to us about studying for a graduate research degree, please get in touch via our contact us page. There's also information on our Graduate Research School website.

Please see below some of the projects our Mildura based Gradate Research students are working on;

  • Sandra Connor: Adolescent Rural Males' Health: In the context of Emergent Masculinities.
  • Ruth Hardman: Social Determinants of Self-Management Capacity.
  • Angela Martin: Perspectives of Community Paramedicine.
  • Susan O’Neill: Optimising Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Care in Rural Australia: Investigation of the Current Issues Around ENT Care, and Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Health Interventions.
  • Brodie Thomas: Organisational interventions for workplace violence in emergency healthcare.
  • Tara Williams: Shaping rural health: the creation of health in relation to social, political and environment forces.

Mallee Regional Innovation Centre (MRIC)

Mildura is home to the Mallee Regional Innovation Centre, launched in 2019. In partnership with the University of Melbourne and SuniTAFE, MRIC's aim is to prioritise and fast track research projects to address key industry challenges in the areas of horticulture, water, energy and the environment. La Trobe's Co-Director on MRIC is Professor Ashley Franks - a leading environmental microbiologist.

Industry PhD Program

The La Trobe Industry PhD program is a cost-effective and innovative way to solve industry problems. If you're an organisation who'd like to have a conversation about a potential industry PhD project, please make get in touch via our contact us page.

Read about our current two Industry PhD projects with Sunraysia Community Health Services and Murray PHN (Primary Health Network). There's also a further scholarship opportunity with West Wimmera Health Services, seeking a candidate.

Meet some of our researchers

Photo of Dr Evelien Spelten

Mildura often has to come up with its own solutions, because of its relatively isolated position. This makes for a very innovative and entrepreneurial community with strong leaders, who see the importance of teaming up with their local University. In my area, healthcare, there is also great collaboration between the various healthcare services, all focussed on improving our community outcomes. The innovative leadership and great collaboration make Mildura the ideal environment for innovative proofs of concept, that not only directly improve our local health care but can then be expanded to regional, state and federal level.

Dr Evelien Spelten
Rural Department of Allied Health, Mildura
Photo of Ruth Hardman

There are strengths to being based as a researcher in a regional community. You are more likely to encounter people in different disciplinary areas. This can open up different perspectives on your own research. You are also less likely to feel like your research is separate from the local community since you are a member of that community and directly aware of the issues and challenges facing it. Given the current drive for ‘implementation’ research, this is a great advantage.