For children fearful of undergoing MRI scans, an inexpensive everyday item used as a marker, such as a jelly baby lolly or a plastic, fish-shaped soy sauce container, might make the process a little less intimidating.
Reducing the impact of chronic disease
Our research is focused on developing new and enhancing existing approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of chronic disease.
We investigate chronic conditions including:
- infectious and osteoarticular diseases
- cardiovascular, ocular, and neurological disorders
- mental health conditions.
We're employing technology from medical imaging and genomics to web-enabled smart devices to identify risk factors, implement interventions throughout the lifespan and improve end-of-life care.
Using insights from the social sciences and behavioural economics, we help people to make better health decisions for themselves and others, enhance compliance with treatments and improve government policy.
Prevention through intervention
Our early-life intervention studies optimise child development in families and in education and care settings. We're translating biomedical research into practice by:
- exploring genetic, behavioural, nutritional, physical activity, sleep and lifestyle traits
- developing personalised e-health solutions that promote resilience and wellbeing, and prevent and treat disorders.
More than 200,000 people are employed as truck drivers in Australia and while their role in transporting goods across our wide brown land is critical, they are among the nation’s most unhealthy.