The school has particular research strength in the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory conditions

Allied health professionals play a key role in shaping and delivering new and more effective models of healthcare and are central to meeting the future needs of the community with regards to their health and welfare needs.  This includes preventing ill health and supporting healthier lives.

Research within the School of Allied Health Sciences spans 6 discipline areas. All 6 disciplines are represented at the Gold Coast campus, and Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology are also based at the Nathan Campus in South Brisbane. The school has specific research strengths in the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory conditions.

Research themes


Griffith is one of Australia’s leading research universities


The school has over 80 academic and research-only staff that actively collaborate with leading researchers in their fields locally, nationally and internationally.

The school also has four full-time conjoint research appointments with Queensland Health that are embedded in hospitals. These include:


The School of Allied Health Sciences is located on the Gold Coast campus adjacent to the Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH). The School has strong links with clinicians and researchers from GCUH as well as other hospitals and health services throughout South East Queensland and beyond.

Menzies Health Institute Queensland

Research within the school is closely aligned with the Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ), which a multidisciplinary research institute that has a focus on translatable, interdisciplinary research that will achieve measurable improvements in health and wellbeing. Research staff and students from the school are mostly affiliated with the Disability and Rehabilitation and Healthcare Practice and Survivorship programs within MHIQ.

The Hopkins Centre

The Hopkins Centre is a research group within MHIQ that is focused on improving the lives of people affected by trauma and chronic disabling conditions

Gold Coast Orthopaedic Research and Education (GCORE)

GCORE is a research group within the Disability and Rehabilitation program within MHIQ that develops and applies disruptive technologies to prevent and manage various orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions


The higher degrees by research that may be undertaken within the School include:

The following links may be useful for any students considering a research higher degree at Griffith University.


School enquiries

Please direct any enquiries about research in the School of Allied Health Sciences to the Deputy Head of School (Research), Professor Rod Barrett.

HDR enquiries

Higher Degree Research opportunities and scholarship enquiries should be sent to the relevant Higher Degree Research Convenor:


We offer a range of generous scholarship programs