Notre Dame University marks research milestone

9 October 2017

The University of Notre Dame Australia’s strategy to significantly build research capacity and capability was marked today (Monday, October 9) by an event on the University’s Sydney Campus.

The Sydney event followed similar events held earlier in the year on the University’s Broome and Fremantle Campuses, showcasing projects undertaken as part of a five-year, $5.6 million Collaborative Research Network (CRN) program.

The five-year program was funded by the Federal Government’s Department of Education and Training.

Called Healthy people, healthy country: Translating evidence into action to improve health and wellbeing, the CRN program comprised seven research projects in three distinct themes: Aboriginal health and wellbeing, undertaken at the University’s Broome Campus; Healthy aging, undertaken at the Fremantle Campus; and Chronic Diseases at the Sydney Campus.

Integral to the success of the CRN program was the level of collaboration with five partners – the Australian National University, Curtin University, Garvin Institute of Medical Research, Kimberley Institute, and The University of Western Australia (UWA).

“Reflecting one of the key objectives of the program, to build research capacity and capability at Notre Dame, through the program 18 research staff and 12 PhD students were appointed, all of whom are either continuing their appointments or their collaboration with Notre Dame,” said Professor Greg Blatch, the University’s Pro Vice Chancellor, Research.

“The CRN program resulted in a significant increase in research outputs and collaborations including 430 research publications and more than 70 successful grant applications. There were more than 300 conference presentations by CRN staff and students, the majority at national or international conferences.

“This is an exciting time for Notre Dame. In addition to building capacity in Indigenous Research, Health and Ethics, areas directly aligned with our key focus areas, the CRN provided a springboard to increased capability, continue to pursue research excellence and increase partnerships with the community and industry,” he added.

For more information, please refer to the CRN website -

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