The multidisciplinary nature of our scientific base offers unparalleled opportunities to conduct leading-edge health and biomedical research.

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Our vibrant research community has strong links to industry and government, ensuring that outcomes are aligned to the needs of business and provide practical solutions to global health issues. 

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2015) rates RMIT at "well above world standard" in clinical sciences, pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences, and medical physiology. Our research in complementary and alternative medicine is rated at "world standard".

Our focus

The School of Health and Biomedical Sciences has three principle areas of research focus.

Chronic disease

Including diabetes and obesity, HIV and complications, early life determinants of chronic disorders, respiratory disorders, inflammation and ageing, cardiovascular and cognitive disorders, musculoskeletal function and pain.

Integrative healthcare

Including traditional Chinese medicine, clinical trials, practitioner engagement, health economics, public health, mental health and behavioural science.

Preventative healthcare

Including exercise science, manual therapies, resilience, sleep disorders and nutrition.

Four themes run across all three focus areas.

  • Indigenous health
  • Exercise and nutrition
  • Ageing in health and disease
  • Medical devices, diagnostics and prognostics

Research Programs

The School has established three major research programs to drive this research activity.

Three other research areas also provide support for our research focus.

  • Metabolic and cardiovascular disorders
  • Musculoskeletal pain and functional restoration
  • Community health and practice

Postgraduate research

Our postgraduate research projects provide a wide range of opportunities for postgraduate training in health and biomedical research.


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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer