Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

A multidisciplinary hub for health research

Our research

MMIHR’s research emphasises the complex interactions between individuals, social and physical aspects of their communities and health care systems. This broad-based approach includes:

  • environmental and behavioural epidemiological studies aimed at:
    identifying key physical and social aspects of urban environments which promote physical and cognitive health across the lifespan
    understanding how genetic, psychosocial and behavioural factors interact with the environment to impact on health identifying optimal person- and environment-tailored intervention strategies for the promotion of health-related behaviours
  • clinical-based exercise-nutrition studies and interventions for:
    improving and maintaining bone and muscle health
    improving and maintaining metabolic health
    the prevention and management of the adverse effects of cancer
  • focused studies to understand and describe the individual impact of risk behaviours and disease
  • the promotion of equitable access to health services and active-friendly communities

Our Research Programs