As a research leader across a range of discipline areas such as rehabilitation, speech pathology, ageing, child and maternal health and sports science - we pride ourselves on translating knowledge into action.

We are committed to the development of evidence-based research and clinical innovations that benefits industry and the broader community, to help shape our world.

Our researchers work in a variety of health settings: in hospitals, clinics, schools, aged care facilities, workplaces and the community and with participants and patients from early childhood to active ageing.

Excellence in research

The Faculty is home to two National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centres of Research Excellence:

Our research excellence is endorsed by the Australian government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report, which measures national university research quality. In ERA 2015, UQ’s health and behavioural sciences research achieved the top score of five (well above world standard) for dentistry, psychology, human movement and sports science, nursing, social work, pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences, clinical sciences and neurosciences. 

Industry partnerships

We recognise industry partnerships as central in turning research into real-life applications. With this in mind, we collaborate closely with government, not-for-profit organisations, international and national organisations, the private sector and the community to ensure our research addresses the ‘big picture’ issues.

Our many partners include Queensland Health, Federal Police, National Institute of Forensic Sciences Australia, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Boeing Research and Technology Australia, International Cricket Council, Asics Oceania, Australian Paralympic Committee, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Australian Red Cross Blood Services, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services and beyondblue.

Research training

We are committed to educating the next generation of researchers in preventative health and behaviour change. Our students benefit from our international reputation and the opportunity to study with nationally and internationally recognised researchers.

More than 550 Research Higher Degree students work on cutting-edge research across all areas of the Faculty and have access to first class facilities and unrivalled support.