Promoting health and wellbeing in population groups

Research priorities

Understanding how health and wellbeing interacts with risk and social determinants for individuals and families across the life course.

Our academics are working on a range of areas including the study of risks during pregnancy and infancy, growing up in disadvantaged families, the impact of violence and trauma on wellbeing of children and women, ageing well in residential care and in the community, older people living in poverty and palliative care.


Our academics have international and national profiles in their fields.  Their work has implications for policy development in ante-natal and post-natal care, interventions to supporting families, developing interventions to assist women and children who have experienced trauma, and housing and homelessness policy for older people at risk, and informing palliative care practices.

The output of this group includes books, reports for governments and publications in high ranking journals.

Staff overview

Theme leader: Maree Petersen

Jacquie Jauncey-Cooke, Jill Wilson, Robyne Le Brocque, Nigel Lee, Susannah Brady, Karen New, Deborah Lynch, Karen Healy, Catherine Kilgour, Susan NunanDeb Walsh, Anthony Tuckett, Phillip Gillingham, Marion Tower


For all general current HDR student queries and enquiries related to applications contact the HDR Liaison Officer: or +61 7 3365 7036

For all enquiries related to research in the School, contact the Senior Administration Officer (Research): or +61 7 3365 3005