Australian Catholic University's theses collection showcases the breadth and depth of Graduate Research at ACU. Our collection includes PhD and Masters theses.

Theses are arranged alphabetically by author's surname within the year that they were submitted. If you believe copyrighted materials have been used in a student's work, please contact us with details.

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Theses from 2018

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Gender and age differences in recreational and transport walking: The contribution of the neighbourhood social and built environments, Fatima S. G. Gonzalo

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The knowledge-practice gap: Evidence-based practice for acute stroke care in Ghana, Leonard Baatiema

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Colossians, cosmology and Christ: A study into Colossians 1:15-17 with insights from Plato's Timaeus, Philo of Alexandria and middle Platonism, Matthew C. Burow

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Decision-making impairment in long term opiate users, Kathryn Biernacki

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Using a Randomised Controlled Trial to Test the Effectiveness of a Family-Oriented, Theoretically Based, Diabetes Self-Management Education Program to Improve Glycaemia, Self-Management and Self-Efficacy of Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Living in Rural Thailand, Nutchanath Wichit

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Teaching children about Allah, Huseyin Aldemir

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An Exploration of Three New South Wales Nurse Practitioner Services in 2008, S Jane Allnutt

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Google rules: an analysis of Google’s influence on copyright law and practice, Joanne E. Gray

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Demands of the Kettlebell Snatch, James Alexander Ross

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The Work of Infant and Toddler Specialists in University-based Early Childhood Teacher Education in Australia and Aotearoa, New Zealand, Katherine Anne Bussey

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Sensory and Motor Interventions for Very Early School-age Children: a Cluster Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial Examining Effect on Development, Behaviour and Academic Learning Outcomes., Sandra Jennifer Miles

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Living our parents’ trauma: Effects of child abuse and neglect on the next generation, Joanna Marta Menger Leeman

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Enlightening Science: Addressing the Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Aspects of Science Learning, Munirah Shaik Kadir

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An Investigation Into the Provision and Parents’ Understanding of Discharge Information to Assist in Managing Their Child Following Discharge from the Emergency Department of an Australian Hospital: A Mixed Methods Study., Kodchanipa Phonpruk

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The impairment of vascular reactivity across the spectrum of cardiometabolic health, Jordan L. Loader

Theses from 2017

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Liturgical poetry in the Middle Byzantine period: Hymns attributed to Germanos I, Patriarch of Constantinople (715-730), Kosta Simic

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Walter Kasper’s Theology of the Spirit and its Implications for the Reception of Lay Ecclesial Ministry in the Catholic Church, Julie Trinidad

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Self-Concept of Children with Cerebral Palsy, Sau Kuan Cheong

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Seeing through violence: a theological understanding of the relationship between East Timor and Australia 1941-1999, in the light of René Girard’s mimetic theory, Susan C. Connelly

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Student Wellbeing as Educational Practice: Learning from Educators’ Stories of Experience, Helen Butler

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Building Capacity for Leading Learning in Low Socio-Economic Status Catholic Secondary Schools, Michael Blowes

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Love Spoken Here: Exploring the Experience of One Primary School with a School/Community Partnerships Program, Cornella Koch

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Experiences of Patients Who Have Undergone Bronchoscopy With ‘Cautious’ Sedation and Analgesia, Catherine Frances Saxon

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How do chance and uncertainty influence the career development of adults?, Gerard P. Torpy

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The church and management: Synthesis of a reorientation framework for management theories through a theological engagement with management science, Christina Kheng Li Lin

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Leading within the middle: Perspectives on middle leadership in secondary school improvement, Vittoria Lavorato

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Contextual factors influencing unsafe sexual behaviours and the spread of HIV/AIDS Amongst the Tiv People of North Central Nigeria, Godwin Aondohemba Timiun

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The understanding of early childhood development that Alberta kindergarten teachers bring to their work when administering the early development instrument (EDI), Jennifer Weber

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The Adibox Study: Adiposity and Bone Metabolism: Effects of Exercise-induced Weight Loss in Adolescents with Obesity, Elodie Chaplais

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Fostering Purpose in Life / Meaning in Life Across the Life Span, Levi Brackman

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Associations between gait and isometric lower limb strength following stroke, Benjamin Frydlender Mentiplay

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Secondary teachers’ perceptions toward school leadership: A generational divide?, Kamahl Taylor Russell

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The impact of sustaining an in-patient fall: A mixed methods study, Stephanie Gettens

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Pilot Study to Determine the Feasibility of Early Interventions for ED Attendees who Present with Moderate and High Levels of Psychological Distress, Petra Lawrence

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Autophagy and Protein Turnover Responses to Exercise-Nutrient Interactions in Human Skeletal Muscle, William J. Smiles

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The Effects of Environment, Diet and Exercise on the Reliability and Validity of Measurements of Resting Metabolic Rate and Body Composition in Athletes., Julia Lizet Bone

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The Relationship between Physical Qualities and Activity Profiles of International Women’s Sevens Players, Tyler Goodale

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The work of infant and toddler specialists in university-based early childhood teacher education in Australia and Aotearoa, New Zealand, Katherine Anne Bussey

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Student Engagement: The Role of Teaching Within an Ecological Model of Adolescent Development, Daniel Quin

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Exploring ecumenical charism of an Anglican and Uniting Church college through members' understandings of its ethos, culture, climate and leadership, Trevor John Collie

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Principals' experiences of regional networks, Judith Gurvich

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Consensus on a Specialist Clinical Learning and Teaching Framework for Australian Nurse Practitioners, Christopher Helms

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Antimicrobial resistance in urinary tract infections caused by Escherichia coli, Oyebola Fasugba

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“I just keep my tears all inside”: Experiences of loss from children whose families face complex challenges and change, Debbie Noble-Carr

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The feminine sublime in violent contemporary American fiction, Emily Rose Carr

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Outsourcing responsibility - Towards a transformative politics of domestic work, Ulrike Prattes

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Fathers’ perinatal mental health: Impacts, interventions and supports, Holly Rominov

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An exploration of end-of-life care in the intensive care unit: A systematic review of qualitative studies investigating the experiences and perceptions of the patient's family, Alysia Coventry

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Beyond checkpoints: Identity and developmental politics in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, Bokhtiar Ahmed

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An investigation of learning processes and contexts of a curriculum program for the formation of spiritual directors, Peter Stuart Bentley

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From vision to reality: The perceptions and practices of school leaders in Christian Education National, Christopher Michael Prior

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The efficacy of a trunk strengthening program for improving postural stability in people with Parkinson’s Disease: A randomised controlled trial, Ryan Hubble

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From metaphors to mantras - Principals making sense of and integrating accountability expectations: A grounded theoretical model, Judith Norris

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“Little Girl, Get Up!” (and Stand on your Own Two Feet!): a Reading of Mark 5:21–24, 35–43 with an Awareness of the Role and Function of the Body, Janine Elissa Luttick

Theses from 2016

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Reading councils backwards: Challenging teleological perspectives of Constantinople’s ecclesiastical development from 381 to 451, Justin Matthew Pigott

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Intimacy: Men's understandings and experiences, Atholl James Murray

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A visual arts transformative learning practice in the aesthetic re-imagining of contemporary society, Adam Staples

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How Catholic social teaching and Ignatian spirituality interact within the praxis of the Jesuit conference Asia Pacific Social Apostolate network in relation to vulnerable migrants in and from Asia, Sandra Jayne Cornish

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Exploring the journey towards successful ageing in the Philippines: A mixed method study, Nicamil Sanchez

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The sīrah genre: An evaluation of Fethullah Gülen’s approach, Süleyman Sertkaya

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Effects of creatine availability on skeletal muscle metabolism, Kristyen Andre Tomcik

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Relationships between domain-specific physical activity and mental health, mental wellbeing, and mental-ill health: Understanding the role of self-determined motivation, Rhiannon Lee White

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The experience of digital citizenship in a secondary school curriculum, Talitha Jane Kingsmill

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Advocacy leadership in early childhood: Educators' perspectives, Laurien Beane

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Woppaburra: Past and present, Hendrick Jan Van Issum

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Aboriginal education officers working at the cultural interface: Nguli yoo boy ngoo Yulling Ngunya, Danielle Armour

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Semantic, phonological and episodic representations in verbal immediate serial recall, Gabrielle Ritchie

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Turning strain into strength: Exploring the positive psychological changes and growth-ful developments in the loved ones providing care for persons with Parkinson’s Disease, Deborah Jane Worboys

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Cricket fast bowler monitoring and workload management, Dean McNamara

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Trial of a family-based education program for patients with heart failure and their carers in rural Thailand, Nittaya Srisuk

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Facilitating change and evaluating impact during a neonatal intensive care redevelopment: A participatory action research project, Margaret Broom

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A history of TAMAR (1996-2008) in relation to the Anglican Church of Australia in general and the Diocese of Sydney in particular. TAMAR (Towards A More Appropriate Response) was formed by a group of Sydney Anglican women to address the issue of sexual abuse in the Australian Anglican Church, Patricia Anne Mayne

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The relationship between physical activity and educational outcomes in adolescents, Katherine Owen

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Quantifying the functional role of discrete movement variability: Links to adaptation and learning, Paul Geoffrey Taylor

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An angel's just appeared and Mary looks kind of worried: Children's interpretations of Christian artworks, Joanne Toohey

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Monitoring athlete preparedness in professional Australian football: Load, self-report measures and performance, Tania Fiorina Gallo

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Narcissism: Investigation of an assessment tool and understanding its contribution to eating disorder treatment using a self psychology perspective, Helen Jane Bailey

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On (not) becoming 'an extension of the state' in 'seeking the flourishing of the city': A theologically-informed inquiry into the impact on 'church-related' agencies' of contracting with government to provide social welfare and human services in Australia, 1996 to 2013, Douglas George Hynd

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Parents’ perceptions of their roles in supporting their child with Down Syndrome develop mathematical concepts, Theresa Mary Shellshear

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M. Fethullah Gülen’s understanding of Sunnah, Mustafa Erdil

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Young children's online authoring: The techno-semiotic co-construction of blogs, Rachael Adlington

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Mindfulness and coping with stress: A multi-method examination, James N. Donald

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Teachers' experience of professional standards for teachers: A case study of the enactment of teaching standards in a high performing school system, Adam J. Taylor

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Leadership for school improvement, Anne Anderson

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Life to the full: A study of Catholic school teachers’ personal spirituality, Patricia Agnes Andrew

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The letters of Bishop Basil of Caesarea: Instruments of Communion, Silouan Fotineas

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Balm for the Wound? Narratives and Spiritual Practice from L'Arche, Catherine Mary Anderson

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The problem and the cure: Mimesis in Søren Kierkegaard's second authorship, Wojciech Tomasz Kaftański

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The relations among academic motivation, self-concept, aspirations and choices: Integrating expectancy-value and academic self-concept theory, Jiesi Guo

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Developing a framework for open access knowledge in Nigeria, Olukunle Rotimi Ola

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Investigating educators’ perspectives of their capacity to teach towards social competence in young children, Lesley Jones

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A tort law framework for copyright authorisation, Kylie Pappalardo

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Building bridges: Exploring the contributions of principals and pastors to the mission of Lutheran primary schools, Tania Angela Nelson

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The Catholic Marian Spirituality Scale: Conceptualization and measurement, John Vayalilkarottu

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In defense of the Fourth Way and its metaphysics, Monty De La Torre

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Perceptions and practices of an inclusive education for social justice: The case of ZEP schools of Mauritius, Lily-Claire Virginie Deenmamode

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Starting further back: An analysis of Karl Rahner’s mystagogical approach applied to the new evangelisation in an Australian setting, Anthony Edward Mellor

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Calcium and Vitamin-D supplementation on bone structural properties in young male Jockeys: A randomised controlled trial, Leslie Silk

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How regulatory responses to negative emotion are related to adolescent mental health: A longitudinal investigation, Loch Forsyth

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Sex differences in mate preferences: An in-depth exploration of evolutionary and social-economic theories, Evita Maree March