Our senior researchers and early career reserachers lead local, national and international reseach. Recognisisng that there are many subdisplines within Population and Social Health research, PSHRP has chosen to orgasie its research afforts across six (6) themes and the interplay between them.
Population and Social Health research program researchers have particular strengths in head and neck (especially oral) cancer, periodontology, cariology, HIV disease and oral medicine.They have developed a strong network of international collaborators with activity in urban and rural/remote Australia and abroad. Infections in the mouth associated with dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal (gum) diseases are increasingly seen to be linked with cardiovascular disease, stroke and lung infections. The mouth can be the focus of severe and life threatening diseases including cancer; potentially fatal infections with fungi, bacteria and many viruses and a range of severe autoimmune diseases. All of this demands continued research into rates of occurrence (epidemiology), causes, mechanisms, prevention and management of oral health.
The Health Economics research group focuses on developing evidence on the value for money of healthcare interventions to provide top level health policy advice to governments. Research measures health outcomes including quality of life, eliciting preferences for healthcare and economic modelling to predict the future costs and benefits of healthcare interventions.<.p>
The group has several large contracts with government departments and agencies including a major contract with the Department of Health and Ageing to undertake external evaluations of industry submissions of drugs for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule.
This group of researchers is advancing the health of populations through innovative, relevant and sustainable research, learning and teaching, and community partnerships. They strive to enhance, maintain and promote good health for community wellbeing and social productivity. Taking a socio-ecological approach to working with communities on the Gold Coast, researchers are developing models of care capable of translation into national and international communities and contexts. They offer a sound and ethical voice, creating a resilient workforce to service the local community. All this is done with the support of community partners, professionals and industry groups.
Human Services and Social Work
There are six key streams of research which undertake research around the wellbeing of the child, family, society, and the provision of healthcare and social services to the community. These streams all aim to build capacities that can transform lives or shape new approaches – especially for vulnerable groups and include Healthy Designs, Child Protection and Wellbeing, Contemporary Practice for Complex Environments, Psychosocial Health, Transformation and Engagement in Disability and Diversity and Effective Mental Health Practice and Outcomes
Australian communities are facing the consequences (both economic and social) of behaviours such as binge drinking, smoking, excessive eating, and wasting of energy resources. Social marketing is the application of commercial marketing techniques to effect change in behaviour for a social good. By giving customers voice, social marketers can change behaviours to benefit the target audience and general society. Social Marketing @ Griffith has developed a professional profile in the area of social marketing through our working association with industry and government.
Researchers, multidisciplinary health practitioners and consumers and carers, working together on service-based research initiatives to provide effective mental health care in practice.
The research focuses on: evaluating outcomes to improve the way mental health care is delivered; facilitating application of knowledge in practice; and developing methods to address problems arising in practice. A large contract with the Department of Health and Ageing focuses on training and education to improve the outcomes of mental health consumers and carers through the provision of community pharmacy services.