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

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Theses from 2014

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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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The Sensus Fidelium and canon law: An exploration, Anthony Onyemuche Ekpo

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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

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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

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Assessment and management of the anxious patient in the cardiac catheter laboratory, Maree Ellen Ruge

Theses from 2012

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An exposition and Christian ethical evaluation of the conflict between the Bangsamoro people and the government of Philippines, Norberto Dellosa

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They just want me to be happy: A study of how year 10 students in Queensland choose subject pathways for their senior secondary studies, Therese Ruth Nolan

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Keeping them in mind: A reflexive study that considers the practice of social research with children in Australia, Timothy Peter Moore

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The lives of Saint Dominic in medieval french and their relation to the latin sources, Denis John Cochrane

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Remainders of the day: The collapse of Angus & Robertson and the culture of bookselling in Australia, Carly Johanna Been

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Healthcare associated infection surveillance: Examining influences on reliable and valid data collection and analysis, Brett Mitchell

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'Worlds apart': Patients' and nurses' perspectives of factors that impact on nursing care of patients with pulmonary tuberculosis in Australia and Malawi, Jean Pilirani Mukasa

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The rabbit ate the grass! Exploring children's activities on digital technologies in an early childhood classroom, Jo Bird

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An exploration of the previous teaching and learning experiences of overseas educated nurses from China, Korea and India, Carmel Rita Adnams

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Exclusive breastfeeding rates of women at discharge, three and six months postpartum prior to BFHI implementation at a tertiary facility: A prospective cohort study, Michelle Kelly

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Experiences of Tongan immigrant students in Australian Catholic schools and influences on their engagement in learning, Kalolaine Lataifalefehi Sikimeti

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Leadership characteristics of successful Catholic parish primary school partnerships, Michael G. Harris

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Judge Willis in Port Phillip: 1841-1843, Christopher Brien

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Faith-based charity and professional ambition in the life of Charles Gordon O'Neill (1828-1900), Stephen Utick

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Efficacy of whole-body vibration on exercise tolerance and functional performance on the lower limbs of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Trentham Phillip Furness

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The building bridges through interfaith dialogue in schools programme: An investigation into the effectiveness of a model of interfaith education, Timothy Ross McCowan

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Pre-service teacher education in the postmodern state, Dianne Margaret Cullen

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The gift impossible: Representations of child removal in Australian children's literature, 1841-1941, Pamela Scott

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An investigation of the pertinent factors associated with overweight and obesity, Kerri Nicole Thomas

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The lived experience of older adults participating in a social support network group, Regina Mary McDonald

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Perspectives of training, coaching, formation and access for church planting in Australia, Colin Ross Stoodley

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Saltmarsh, mosquitoes and insectivorous bats: Seeking a balance, Leroy Gonsalves

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Cultivating fertile soil: Formation for canonical governance, John Henry Thornber

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Flow at work: The development and validation of a measure, Christopher James Holt

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An exploration of the use of Web 2.0 to enhance teaching and learning in an Australian Catholic secondary school, Kevin T. Sharkey

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A map of the divine subtle faculty: The concept fo Qalb (Heart) in classical and contemporary Islamic scholarship, Mehmet Yavuz Seker

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Like a bridge: Scaffolding as a means of assisting low-attaining students in mathematics during cognitively challenging tasks, Sarah Ferguson

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Musculoskeletal stiffness and Achilles tendon mechanical property changes following exercise-induced muscle damage, Corey William Julian Joseph

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Understanding the experiences of mothers who are breastfeeding an infant with tongue tie: A phenomenological study, Janet Elizabeth Edmunds

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On the grounds of a transcendental intellect for a philosophy of leadership, Thomas Alexander Lysaght

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Separated at birth: Adoption practices in relation to single women confined at the Royal Women's Hospital 1945-1975, Christin Anne Quirk

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The role of local languages in teaching mathematics in the bridging class (grade 3) within South Wahgi area of Jiwaka Province, Papua New Guinea, Charly Muke

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A number sense approach to written calculation: Exploring the effects in the middle years of schooling, Rick Owens

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A preliminary study into the immediate effects of ankle foot orthoses of varying design on the walking of people in the early stages of stroke recovery and healthy individuals, Robert John Mehan

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While they were eating: Lukan mission through domestic hospitality and ministry as table-service, and implications for the contemporary church, Nicholas James Tuohy

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Cognitive patterns that influence female vulnerability to depression: Rumination, thought suppression, reaction time variability and self-evaluation, Kate Witteveen

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Taming to tackling: Addressing numeracy achievement in low SES schools as a wicked problem, Craig Antony Ashhurst

Mystery shopping with Foucault: An exploration of managerial power and surveillance in the age of customer sovereignty, Sebastian Noeman Krook

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A story of early years educators’ experiences of technology and literacy in early years learning environments, Karen J. McLean

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The relationships between personality traits, dysfunctional schemas and personality disorder features, Ninawa Butrus

Theses from 2011

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Compositional techniques in the early-career works of Jason Robert Brown, Ian Nisbet

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Working it out: new mothers' experiences of learning to breasfeed, Danielle Gleeson

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Depression in men: Development of the male depression risk scale, Simon Rice

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Moanan-Tongan fatongia and deontic in Greco-Rome: Fiefia, happiness, of tauelangi, climatic euphoria, and 'alaha kakala, permeating frangrance - Malie! Bravo!, Siosiua F. P. Lafitani

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The enduring effects of job demands on the mental health of police officers, Katrina J. Lawson

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Applications of portable tracking technology to talent development in team sports, Darren Burgess

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Breastfeeding difficulty after caesarean section under regional anaesthesia: A phenomenological study, Jacqueline Chaplin

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Meaning and mission: Exploring a contemporary approach to spiritual formation for Catholic school educators, Jill Daly Gowdie

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Bachelor of Midwifery students' experiences of achieving competency for beginning practice, Sharon Licqurish

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The notion of participation in the early work of St Thomas Acquinas, Patrick Brooke Kavanagh

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The construction of gender identity in India through television advertisements: A semiotic analysis, Deodrin Maria Correa