The multidisciplinary nature of our scientific base offers unparalleled opportunities to conduct leading-edge health and biomedical research.
Our vibrant research community has strong links to industry and government, ensuring that outcomes are aligned to the needs of business and provide practical solutions to global health issues.
Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2015) rates RMIT at "well above world standard" in clinical sciences, pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences, and medical physiology. Our research in complementary and alternative medicine is rated at "world standard".
The School of Health and Biomedical Sciences has three principle areas of research focus.
- Chronic disease: including diabetes and obesity, HIV and complications, early life determinants of chronic disorders, respiratory disorders, inflammation and ageing, cardiovascular and cognitive disorders, musculoskeletal function and pain.
- Integrative healthcare: including traditional Chinese medicine, clinical trials, practitioner engagement, health economics, public health, mental health and behavioural science.
- Preventative healthcare: including exercise science, manual therapies, resilience, sleep disorders and nutrition.
Four themes run across all three focus areas.
- Indigenous health
- Exercise and nutrition
- Ageing in health and disease
- Medical devices, diagnostics and prognostics
The School has established three major research programs to drive this research activity.
- Chronic inflammatory and infectious diseases
- Natural products health
- Neurological development and disease
Three other research areas also provide support for our research focus.
- Metabolic and cardiovascular disorders
- Musculoskeletal pain and functional restoration
- Community health and practice
Our postgraduate research programs provide a wide range of opportunities for postgraduate training in health and biomedical research.
Modern, state-of-the-art facilities support the School's research capability.
In addition, access to collaborating organisations and patient care are provided by decicated centres including: