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CREATEC continuously seeks to create new alliances with a wide range of industry, community and government groups. Past and present alliances have proven to be mutually beneficial and for the wider common good.

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Baby boomers are the most recent generational group that will directly benefit from a unique HeartNET study conducted by ECU researchers into the effectiveness of online intervention in promoting heart-healthy lifestyles. The ARC funded project, carried out by the School of Communications and Arts in conjunction with the Heart Foundation, serves to foster stronger relationships with members of the ‘heart community’, providing a new kind of support to those who need it.

Smart Communities

Smart Communities

The Smart Communities research group is currently engaged in applied research into integrated government services and regional networked neighbourhoods to support children and young people at risk. The main focus of our study seeks to explore the ways by which information and communication services and life choices available to children and young people at risk can be enhanced and improved through the integration of government technology and support services within an effective community networked digital neighbourhood.



Growing Future Innovators is the first study into the potential for contemporary arts organisations to profile the theory and practice of innovation through schools’ education programs. Its primary aim is to generate, trial and evaluate the most effective mechanisms for promoting the culture and dynamics of innovation to young people and teachers within primary and secondary school contexts and across arts and non-arts disciplines. An intended outcome is the creation, discussion and public dissemination of guidelines, exemplars, and rationales for how arts organisations and schools, in Australia and beyond, can work together to grow future innovators.

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