Australian Catholic University Joins the Defence Science Institute as its Newest University Partner

Australian Catholic University Joins the Defence Science Institute as its Newest University Partner

The Defence Science Institute welcomes Australian Catholic University (ACU) as the newest member of its university stakeholder cohort. The university’s Victorian campuses will join the nine other leading Victorian and Tasmanian universities that partner with DSI to bring forth the best in defence science research.

Internationally recognised in human performance and sports science research, ACU will help strengthen an exciting facet of key expertise, contributing to the gamut of R&D capability DSI helps deliver to the defence and national security sector.  

Associate Professor Shona Halson from ACU’s School of Behavioural and Health Sciences will take on the role of DSI’s Liaison Manager for the university, communicating the latest opportunities from the defence sector and identifying relevant capability within the university’s research centres.


A/Prof Shona Halson, School of Behavioural and Health Sciences,
Deputy Director of SPRINT, Australian Catholic University


“We are excited for this strategic partnership where we aim to be able to utilise our expertise in performance, recovery, injury and new technology to engage in real world impactful defence science research,” Professor Halson said.

The university’s well-established Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research, and the more recently founded Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre at the Fitzroy campus hold tremendous potential for Defence. The centres use recognised and evolving research techniques, focusing on findings that directly translate into practical initiatives.

Ranked among the top 25 international sports science universities and among the top 2% of universities worldwide, ACU joins other leading Victorian universities in forming the core of the state’s capability in ethics, health sciences, human performance and injury management.

The DSI team looks forward to this new partnership that brings with it the potential to expand Victoria’s dynamic defence science network.

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