ECU Health and Wellness Institute
Established in 2003, the Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute is an initiative that builds collaboration between researchers, educators, industry and government to optimise health and improve quality of life for people of all ages, within differing social, cultural, political and environmental contexts. The Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute is located within the Health & Wellness building of the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science at ECU’s Joondalup Campus.
The Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute brings together a significant group of research centres, internationally recognised investigators and local industry partners with recognised strengths in areas related to exercise science, health promotion, human biology, nursing and palliative care, nutrition, occupational therapy, psychology and public health to promote a holistic approach to understanding health and lifestyle issues. The Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute represents a top-level commitment to embed health and wellbeing within the University, through efforts to generate and apply a broad base of collaborative research to improve knowledge and understanding of the interrelated factors that facilitate and impede health and wellness.
Since 2006 the Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute has focussed on chronic disease prevention and management through an integrative approach driven principally by the emerging need for such research and the interests and capacity of the core staff and students.
The Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute is producing groundbreaking knowledge into illness prevention, wellness and disease management. This includes the management of cancer and treatment related toxicities; improving health of children who are overweight or obese; improving structure and function of the elderly; maintaining quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease; developing integrative therapies for people with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute supports a revolutionary approach towards the management of chronic disease, reflecting our underlying philosophy that to improve health, individuals must change behaviours, communities must change their social and physical environment, and industry and governments must change their policies and processes.
More recently the Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute has built on its developed expertise in research administration and commercialisation to act as an incubator for fledgling groups. Two examples are the Parkinson’s Research Centre and the Survey Research Centre launched in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
Associate Professor Daniel Galvao
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3420