Institute for Health & Ageing

Higher Degree by Research Students are an important part of the IHA’s academic community

A word of welcome from Professor Marita McCabe, Director of the Institute for Health & Ageing


Marita McCabe

The Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA) is a research institute located at the Australian Catholic University’s Melbourne campus.

The Institute brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts who are passionate about the study of ageing and making a positive impact on people’s lives. The Institute investigates the impact of people’s experience on the ageing process, and develops, implements and evaluates interventions that improve the quality of life of older people, their family and carers.

IHA researchers work across a range of settings spanning the individual, family, community, aged care and health sectors, government and private enterprise to increase the health and social connectivity of older people.


IHA is seeking high quality research candidates (PhD, Masters, Honours) to undertake projects with a focus on ageing well in the following areas:

  • Active living and the built environment
  • Supportive care in cancer
  • Aged care
  • Biostatistics
  • Musculoskeletal health and health economics
  • Women’s healthy ageing
  • Ageing and fragility

ACU research graduates are eminently employable because the attributes required for success in their research courses are the same attributes that are in high demand by employers: the ability to manage projects; expertise in thinking independently and critically, and in solving problems; and finesse when communicating with others. IHA welcomes your enquiries about these and other potential ageing-related research projects in our areas of expertise.

For further information about research supervision within the Institute for Health & Ageing contact with a brief summary of your area of interest or telephone +61 3 9230 8170.

You can also download our Research Opportunities brochure for further information.


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