Research | Torrens University

The Health and Education faculty is proud of its person-first cultural focus which results in high-quality learning, teaching and research, making a positive, innovative impact on health care and education provision.

About the faculty

The Health and Education faculty encompasses conventional (Nursing, Public Health, Counselling, Psychology), emerging (Aesthetics, Wellbeing, Nutrition) and complimentary medicine (Naturopathy, Western Herbal Medicine, Chinese Medicine) fields; underpinned by a strong foundational program in our Diploma of Health Science. Our Education Programs have a strong focus on innovation and inclusion. With the inclusion of strong researchers in our teaching team and collaboration with our research centres reinforces our bridging of the teaching-research nexus.

Many Health and Education faculty researchers work in collaboration with the University Research Centres; the Centre for Organisational Change and Agility (COCA), the Artificial Intelligence Research and Optimisation (AIRO) centre, the Centre for Health Futures (CHEF), Centre for Healthy Sustainable Development (CHSD) and the Centre for Public Health, Equity and Human Flourishing (PHEHF) and are centre members.

Executive Dean, Professor Matthew Mundy

Professor Mundy is a cognitive neuroscientist by training, with an international reputation for expertise in human learning and memory; as well as in education-focused research of teaching and learning innovation. Professor Mundy’s aim is to infuse research-driven change into tertiary teaching, through understanding of the psychological science behind learning and memory. He is particularly driven to ensure healthy mental health and wellbeing sit alongside effective and engaging learning ensuring high quality outcomes for all students.

Contact Professor Matthew Mundy for project partnerships or to learn more about our Health and Education faculty.


Matthew Mundy | Torrens University
Health and Education are central to the function, wellbeing, development and growth of all people and peoples. Our faculty aims to bring this nexus together for the benefit of communities both local and global, with a focus on health access, social justice, and community wellness and wellbeing.
Professor Mathew Mundy
Executive Dean, Health and Education

Explore our areas of research

The faculty undertakes a range of traditional and non-traditional research in a range of areas that intersect with the university’s research Centres and inter-disciplinary themes.

  • Aged care
    • Frailty and decision making
    • Dementia, ageing and aged care
    • Frailty screening technology
  • Health access and conditions (incl. rural, diversity)
    • Health workers say on rural health
    • Refugee integration & social determinants of health
    • Survey of health care professionals adapted to telehealth during COVID
    • 19 -Social & economic determinants of health/wellbeing
    • Cardiovascular, Mental health
  • Nursing
    • Nurse led models of care within emergency dept
    • Gender misconceptions of men in nursing scale
    • Healthcare professionals’ presentism (rural) during COVID outbreak
  • Regulation of food
    • Effects on consumer knowledge and attitudes
    • International comparison of strategies for building consumer trust in food
    • Health implications of distrust in health system
  • Women’s health
    • Alcohol use in midlife women incl. during COVID
    • Cancer candidacy for women in midlife
    • Ectopic pregnancy in Ethiopia
    • Neonatal health, mental health 
    • Partnerships between health agencies and culturally & linguistically diverse communities
Explore our Higher Degrees by Research

Meet our research leaders

Clare Littleton | Torrens University
Associate Professor Clare Littleton

Associate Professor Littleton conducts research in the area of public health with a specific focus on children, the social and political determinants


Amy LI | Torrens University
Associate Professor Amy Li

Professor Li has over a decade of training in cardiovascular physiology and biophysics and has focused on understanding the mechanisms


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