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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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

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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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Age differences in prospective memory: Laboratory versus naturalistic settings, Susan E. Randall

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

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Influence of athletic training on functional lower-extremity stiffness, Emma Louise Millett

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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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A Study of Athlete Engagement, Athlete Identity and Individualism- Collectivism Cultural Behaviours among Filipino Athletes compared with US American Athletes, Michele Joan Dalman Valbuena

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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