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 2017

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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

Theses from 2016

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

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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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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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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

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Emotion regulation capacity in older adults: effects on facial expression and memory, David J. Pedder

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A study of teachers’ understanding of learning, judgement of learning, and use of data., Vicki Thorpe

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Key factors that engaged year 5/6 students in a religious education curriculum, Adrian Lacey

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The person-based approach to measuring attitudes toward gay men and lesbians, Joel Anderson

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Partners to parents: Development of an on-line intervention for enhancing partner support and preventing perinatal depression and anxiety, Pamela D. Pilkington

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Indonesian secondary-trained EFL teachers teaching English to primary-age children: a study of motivational factors and EFL teaching knowledge, Syahrial Karea

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System learning in complex and emergent environments: a study of how leaders in one education system enabled capacity for learning focused on the enactment of moral purpose, Jayne-Louise Collins

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The sweetest little buggers: exploitation to autonomy in representations of the Botswana San, Roie Thomas

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Understandings and perceptions of spirituality held by multidisciplinary professionals involved in a community-based palliative care organization: implications for professional practice., Julie Fletcher

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An empirical investigation of factors predicting the choice of an advertising agency, Ralitza Bell

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A culturally responsive education program for trauma counsellors in developing countries, Paula Anne Davis

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Does a change in the way early labour care is provided reduce epidural rates? A pre-post intervention study, Lauren Williams

Theses from 2015

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Promoting potential: a mixed methods study evaluating the impact of differing school settings on high achieving students' academic and psychosocial outcomes, Lucy Hobby

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Fatigue and pacing in rugby league players, Richard Johnston

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A Defence of Public Reason A Kantian Reading of Rawls’s Ideal Theory, Ozgur Yalcin

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Dignity as a performative concept, Mirjam van der Heide

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Thomas Aquinas and Joseph Ratzinger's Theology of Divine Revelation's transmission: a comparative study, Andrew Francis Wood

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Evaluation of cold water immersion and contrast water therapy for recovery with well-trained team sport athletes: Rugby Union, Trevor R. Higgins

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Contextualisation of the Gospel: Towards an evangelical approach in the light of Scripture and the church Fathers, Andrew James Prince

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The foundation and early history of Catholic Church insurances (CCI) 1900-1936, Jane Mayo Carolan

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The design and evaluation of an e-Learning program for church leaders in a multicultural context, Johann Melchizedek Peter

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School board governance in urban low-socio economic setting: a case study of public primary schools in Kibera, Kenya, Tom Mboya Okaya

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Exploring the breast care nurse role in supporting women with breast cancer, Tracey Ahern

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Relationships between AFL Player Off-field Activity, Player Characteristics, the Club Environment, and On-field Engagement, Matthew Andrew Pink

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Attaining inner peace according to the Risale-i Nur, Zuleyha Keskin

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Heart and Soul: Receptive Ecumenism as a Dynamic Development of Spiritual Ecumenism, Antonia Pizzey

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Maternity care in rural Victoria: Midwives' perspectives, Kathryn Felicity Brundell

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Exercise and nutrient interactions: effects on skeletal muscle and body fat mass, Evelyn Bridget Parr

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'An especially delicate task': the place of students who are not Catholics in catholic schools in Australia, Michael Chambers

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Directors' values: a glimpse into the black box, Michael Gatumu

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Age differences in verbal short-term memory and the process of redintegration, Amanda Christine Scicluna

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The Butterfly Model of Careers Planning and Chance, its existence and the utility of intervention, in the career education of secondary to post-secondary students., Anthony Gerard Borg

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Investigation of Nursing Knowledge of Catheter Selection following the Introduction of a Catheter Decision Support Tool, Kylie Wicks

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Re-thinking public reason, Jack Robert Isherwood

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Validity and clinical utility of the personal care - participation assessment and resource tool (PC-PART), Susan Darzins

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Social enterprise: applicability of the competitor identification framework, Syed Salman Abbas Rizvi

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An exploration of continuity of midwifery carer for women of all risk status, Amanda Forti

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Biceps femoris long head architecture: the association with hamstring injury and response to training., Ryan Gregory Timmins

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Cardiac, vascular and metabolic characteristics in young women with abdominal obesity: comparison and intervention, Bianca Louise Share

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Characteristics of collaboration between nurse practitioners and medical practitioners in primary healthcare: a multiple case study using mixed methods, Verena Schadewaldt

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Voices of the future: an exploration of teachers' leadership aspirations, Therese M. Barrington

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Survival stripped bare: an ethnography of street sex workers in Dandenong, Ben L. Durant

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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

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