Our 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 2015

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Marriage as sacrament and covenant: a new model for pre-marriage education based upon the rite of marriage, Daniel Patrick McGrath

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Cognitive recovery in acute stroke: measurement and facilitation of change, Hannah Tehan

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Hot Executive Function in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder, Shahin Rahimi-Golkhandan

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Supported playgroups in schools and parent perspectives on children’s play, Pamela Lambert

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The institutionalisation of charism in a faith-based school, Margaret Joan Lee

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Bediuzzaman Said Nursi and his understanding of exegesis in his Risale-i-Nur, Hakan Çoruh

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The role of a career counsellor in enhancing the career development process of secondary school students, Greg Vanin

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The development of rapid online control in children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder, Scott Randall Ruddock

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The impact of Achilles tendon pathology on lower limb joint stiffness regulation during hopping tasks, Kevin Lieberthal

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Good girls and tough guys, prigs and pornographers: constructions of gender and sexuality in recent and contemporary Australian fiction, Rosslyn Almond

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The impact of hypoxia on growth hormone levels in response to a maximal strength training session, Dean Filopoulos

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Conditions of academic success for Aboriginal students in school, Lynette Riley

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Reconceptualising the preservation of special character in Catholic secondary schools: an investigation of the role of the Director of Religions Studies in Catholic secondary schools in the Hamilton Diocese, Aotearoa New Zealand., Theo van der Nest

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(Mis)powered practice: a critical investigation of nurses' manual handling experiences in Australia, Kate Kay

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(How) does the way maternity care is provided affect the health and well-being of young women and their babies?, Jyai Danielle Nicole Allen

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On the nexus of academic libraries, literacies, and lifelong learning for academic staff, Tatum T. McPherson-Crowie

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The unblemished concubine: representations of Anne Boleyn in the English written word, 2000-2012, Laura Saxton

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Ownership causes social inequality. To reduce social inequality, reduce or diffuse ownership: an analysis with particular application to the copyright system, Benedict Atkinson

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A place within a place: toward new understandings on the enactment of contemporary imaginative play practices and places, Deborah Moore

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An investigation of episodic foresight ability in users of illicit substances, Kimberly Mercuri

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Prospective memory and social cognition in people with chronic heart failure, Tina Habota

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Developing identity as a light-skinned Aboriginal person with little or no community and/or kinship ties, Bindi Bennett

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The Use of NAPLAN Data in Catholic Schools, Francis Gerard Malloy

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The Experiences of Migrant Children in the Catholic Primary School in Victoria in the 1950s and 1960s, Christine Mary Creaser

Theses from 2014

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Investigating aboriginal perceptions of literacy needs: elucidating innovative approaches to engage aboriginal youth and adults in literacy learning, Anne Ndaba

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Economic implications of the Deuteronomistic reform and the elimination of the Goddess Asherah, Lucienne Elise Breingan

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Exploring masculinity: A theological framework, Paul William Chandler

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Young people's experiences of family connectedness, Elise Anne Woodman

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Concepts of work wellbeing: a multidisciplinary approach to theory and method, Joanne Louise Abbey

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Enhancing emotional literacy: a critical case study of multiple stakeholders' perspectives and effects of a whole-school approach, Michelle A. Nemec

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Differential factors related to the cause and duration of attentional bias in the emotional Stroop task, Jessica Zoe Marrington

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Pentecostal spirit baptism: an analysis of meaning and function, David Perry

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The journey from new graduate to proficient nurse in the Intensive Care Unit: a descriptive phenomenological study, Farida Saghafi

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Problem solving, thinking and group work in mathematics: developing an effective pedagogy, Gary R. Thomas

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Evaluation of a behaviour change intervention targeting evidence-based management of fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing dysfunction following acute stroke, Peta Drury

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Exploring the beliefs, values and mission of educational institutions within Christian Outreach Centre Australia, Peter Thomas Geizer

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Cyberbullying in social networking sites: an adolescent victim’s perspective, Rebecca Dredge

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The efficacy of hypoxic training techniques in Australian footballers, Blake David McLean

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The aim of the game: Insider stakeholders' perspectives on learning through play, Yeshe Jampa Colliver

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Leadership in a Lutheran school: an exploration of principal and school pastor worldviews and their potential impact on the transformation of the school learning community, Ken Bartel

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The therapeutic relationship in Pentecostal pastoral counselling: a qualitative, interdisciplinary exploration., Ann Crawford

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Young indigenous students' experiences in mathematics: an exploration in pattern generalisation, Jodie Miller

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Facilitating clinical transition in the midst of cultural diversity: challenges and strategies, Jennie Robinson

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Consuming to cope: development of a measure, Leah Duxbury

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From doer to stayer: dispositional and organisational factors affecting sustained volunteering in community service organisations, Michael Francis Ryan

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Challenges of Melkite young adults in Melbourne: maintaining religious identity and social values within Australian society, Samir Haddad

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The spiritual formation of Queensland Baptists ministers, David William Loder

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A commentary on the shorter text of the Acts of Thecla and its new testament parallels, Theresa Angert-Quilter

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Investigation of registered nurses' clinical decision-making processes in aged care, Marina Lucia LoMonaco

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Beyond collaboration: trans-cultural journeys in the Kimberley, Robert Hoskin

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Leading professional learning: an exploration of the leadership role of the REC in the professional learning of religious educators in catholic primary schools in the Melbourne Archdiocese, Elizabeth Ann Dowling

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Recognising the spirituality of the Golliwogg: an analysis of Upton's Golliwogg picture books, Olga Buttigieg

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Impact of warm-up intensity on simulated team-sport running performance, Grant Rowe

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An investigation of teachers’ experience of applying Community Action Projects in the discipline of Humanities in a Victorian Catholic Secondary School, Marie E. Bagh

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Adverse events following intensive care discharge: the contribution of system, clinician and patient factors, Malcolm Elliott

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Being is double: Jean-Luc Marion and John Milbank on God, being and analogy, Nathan Edward Lyons

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Comparative influence of relationship with God and with significant other on self-understanding in Protestant Christians, and the relation to counselling practices with Christian clients, Ruth Pamela Thorne

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The transition of the spirituality of the Christian Brothers in Australia from a traditional to a contemporary mode, Paul G. Nangle

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Reputational capital and retained ownership influence on Australian resources sector initial public offerings, Peter Wainaina Ngigi

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An evaluation of an integrated health management program for workers in hospital setting, Toni M. Ryan

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Bachelor of Midwifery (BM) students' experiences of reflective practice: a grounded theory study, Catherine Lara Wright

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A retrospective, cross-sectional study of an in-home breastfeeding programme, Robyn Thompson

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“The imaging of the invisible”: Narrative, pilgrimage and “the metaphysics of the quotidian” in Charles Wright’s poetry, Sarah Dowling

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The influence of objectivity, competence, and work performance on external auditors' judgements relating to the internal audit function in Jordan, Ashraf Saleh Mousa Alsukker

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Hanging out in the concrete jungle: exploring the culture of youth homelessness in Melbourne, Jennifer L. Hill

Theses from 2013

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An exploration of the role and experiences of the postnatal domiciliary midwife in Victoria, Australia, Karen Lesley Heyward

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Contemporary issues in triage and inhospital assessment and management of women’s acute coronary syndrome in Victorian public hospitals: a retrospective study, Lisa Kuhn

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The identity of the Spirit in Paul: did the Spirit come to possess a distinct identity within Paul’s Christian monotheism?, Christopher Thomas Baker

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Myocardial mechanics in metabolic syndrome and aging populations, Edward Crendal

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Foundations in practical theology: A critical appraisal of contemporary contributions, John Francis Collins

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Soak up the Goodness: Discourses of Australian Childhoods on Television Advertisements, 2006-2012, Christopher Drew

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Improving Clinical Practice in Intensive Care: Implementation of an evidence based protocol for bowel management, Serena Knowles

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A dialectical engagement with key symbols of religiously motivated violence through the insights of Bernard Lonergan, Dominic Arcamone

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Riding the wave: an exploration of principals’ experiences leading their schools through and beyond critical incidents, Barbara E. Myors

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The covenant between the generations in the thought of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II, Thérèse Maree Buck

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Rumour outbreak: the impact of personal characteristics on consumer decision-making, Thomas Kobinah

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The Use of Musical Elements To Influence The Learning Of Receptive Communication Skills In Children With Autism, Kathryn Mary Simpson

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The history of Sisters of Mercy in Papua New Guinea (1956-2006): within the tradition of women called to Gospel discipleship and Christian mission, Teresa Anne Flaherty

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An exploration of how identity leaders perceive and institutionalise the Edmund Rice charism, Conor Francis Finn

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Understanding and implementing the Marist Charism from the middle: the experience of middle leaders in a Marist school, Jennifer Margaret Elvery

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Nurse-administered procedural sedation and analgesia in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory : a mixed methods study, Aaron Conway

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Motor fitness profiling of elite and novice karate practitioners, Hovik Keshishian

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The intercultural engagement in Mardin: religion, culture and identity, Ayşe Gűc-Işik

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Middle class youth and education in neoliberal India, Andrew Deuchar

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The Jordanian Corporate Governance Code: a study of institutional investors' perception of the reliability of the audit report and the audit expectation gap, Mohammad Khaled Shbeilat

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Supporting inquiry in the primary years - children's science questions and how teachers deal with them, Kathrine Harris

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Supporting principals to lead literacy learning in challenging contexts, Linda Dianne Dawson

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Do sport and physical education have an important role to play in educational institutions?, Steven Andrew Stolz

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Heart to Heart: The Spiritual Christology of Joseph Ratzinger, Peter John McGregor

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Risk assessment in cardiac events (RACE) for women, Elizabeth Scruth

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English as a distant language: an investigation of teachers’ understanding, Richard Gaffney

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Attentiveness to vulnerability: a dialogue between Emmanuel Levinas, Jean Porter, and the virtue of solidarity, Daniel John Fleming

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The roles of Melanesians in the development of the Church in Melanesia 1925-1975, Atkin Zaku

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“From whence shall they come?” Attracting the new generation of school leaders, Andrea O'Brien

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"From life, to page, to stage": exploring theatrical artistry, community and storytelling with Margery and Michael Forde, Brent T. Downes

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An exploration of parental choice of school by rural and remote parents, Michael McCarthy

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Preventing venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients : using implementation science to close the evidence-practice gap, Jed Duff

Time to tell: the complexity of wellbeing from the perspective of tweens, Jenna Kathleen Gillett-Swan

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Rules, rights and responsibilities: becoming 'responsible' students in upper-primary school contexts, Natasha Penelope Wardman

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Comparison of a single versus a four intradermal sterile water injection technique for the relief of lower back pain for women in labour: a mixed methods study, Nigel Lee