Skip to content

Health systems

New ways to care

Our evidence-based research is investigating how we can provide optimised, economically sustainable health services to provide better care for those experiencing complex and chronic disorders, adversity or environmental disasters.

Taking advantage of new technology lets us redirect investment from low value health care to high value services. Our research is overcoming disciplinary boundaries, promoting work-culture change and understanding patient preferences.

Our behavioural economics and health systems research investigates ways to improve regulation of incentive structures for health care provision and choices.

We're also studying the use of emerging technologies like blockchain (to assist with management of data privacy) and social media (to quickly and effectively inform people of significant events such as epidemics and environmental disasters).

Health law and ethics

Our health systems research addresses legal and ethical issues associated with:

  • death, dying and decision-making, including law and the end of life, withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, advanced care planning and euthanasia
  • regulation of assisted reproductive technology and genetic testing, abortion, embryonic stem cell research and surrogacy.

Media releases

3 Aug 2018

QUT ARC Future Fellowships announced

A research project that mimics nature to create sustainable environmental and energy applications, and another focussed on helping the human body clock adjust to the impact of artificial lighting in homes and workplaces, are two of four QUT-based projects awarded more than $3.5M in Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (ARC) funding for 2018.

31 Jul 2018

Making love can make men sad too: QUT research

A world-first study by QUT researchers concludes men can and do suffer from Postcoital Dysphoria (PCD) which results in feelings of sadness, tearfulness or irritability following sex.