The Faculty of Health provides innovation in health teaching and research, with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

There are opportunities to undertake research in a range of health-related areas, under expert supervision from researchers of national and international standing. Research students can also take advantage of Victoria’s close relationships with and proximity to many government health agencies and services, including primary health services and local district health boards.

“I chose Victoria because it has a prestigious and top-ranking reputation in research.”
Ellaine Ete-Rasch, PhD candidate in Nursing

Research strengths

Health services

We take a multidisciplinary approach to health services research, with a strong emphasis on promoting wellness and reducing inequalities in health, and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of health services. Areas of research focus include:

  • ageing well
  • community healthcare policy and services
  • disability policy and services
  • health economics
  • health management
  • health policy and health services
  • health quality and safety
  • integrated care
  • Māori health
  • mental health
  • Pacific health
  • primary healthcare
  • youth health and wellbeing

Discover more about Health Services research at Victoria and find out which academic staff work in the research areas above.

Nursing, midwifery and health

  • end-of-life care
  • ethical and legal aspects of healthcare and health information
  • healthcare practices and service provision for diverse populations
  • healthcare workforce—education and leadership
  • midwifery and normal birth research
  • professional nursing values and practice
  • public health, immunology and cancer
  • safe patient care
  • sociocultural aspects of diagnosis

Discover more about Nursing, Midwifery and Health research at Victoria  and find out which academic staff work in the research areas above.

Research degrees

The Faculty of Health offers a PhD and two research Master’s degrees.

Research across disciplines

The Faculty teaches postgraduate health in the broad subject areas of Health Care, Midwifery and Nursing. However, Victoria encourages innovation by thinking beyond traditional subject boundaries. You can take an interdisciplinary approach to your research—combining ideas or methods from other subjects within the Faculty or collaborating with another Victoria University school outside the Faculty.

Research centres

The Faculty is home to two specialised research centres. The centres provide opportunities for research students to work with institutions of national standing.

Health Services Research Centre

The Health Services Research Centre focuses on the study of the health and disability needs of communities.

Centre for Women’s Health Research

The Centre for Women's Health Research is dedicated to improving the health outcomes of our nation's women and children.