Institute of Health and
Biomedical Innovation
a university for the real world

Health determinants and health systems

Our research within this theme examines:

  • social, environmental and behavioural factors that impact on health and wellbeing, as well as areas of disadvantage and how to overcome them
  • models of healthcare to ensure feasibility, economy, accessibility and appropriateness
  • links between health determinants and molecular, clinical and social aspects of health
  • strategies to improve disease prevention and optimise health outcomes, with a focus on national priority areas such as obesity, cancer and mental health.

What sets our research apart?

Our research is relevant to the real world and stands on its own through:

  • understanding the causes and contributors of wellness and health
  • people who need additional support to lead healthy lives
  • the individual and optimising their outcomes in prevention and healthcare that is affordable and efficient.

Multidisciplinary research

We work together in multidisciplinary teams at various sites, including hospitals where patients are treated, to give us a first-hand understanding. Our teams recognise the complexity of health issues and take into account social factors, human behaviour and genetic risk.

Research areas

Our work within the health determinants and health systems theme contributes to QUT's research in these areas:


We focus on ailments and issues that affect millions of people.

Disease prevention

Our work in health promotion aims to understand health behaviours that involve prevention of chronic diseases, such as diabetes. We also focus on exercise and its role in cancer survivorship.

Healthy lives

We partner with families to promote healthy lifestyles to overcome childhood obesity.

Our work in prevention, intervention and translation in child and adolescent health, also addresses childhood development, nutrition, sleep and prevention of child maltreatment.

Mental health

Our experts in mental health are developing online tools to treat people with low mood, depression and alcohol issues, and to measure brain health. We are also working with veterans to better understand the genetic basis and trigger points associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Healthy healthcare

Our research focuses on technology and innovation to contain rising healthcare costs, and aims to:

  • reduce hospital-acquired infection rates
  • direct resources towards improved patient care
  • work with emergency responders and childcare workers to understand their potential mental health issues.

Environmental health

Research in this area includes:

  • the measurement of environmental pollutants and their health impacts
  • the impact of climate and hydration on an athlete's physical performance
  • UV radiation on people's health
  • the impact of climate change on health, including vector borne diseases.