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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Improving Analogical Reasoning Skills in Adolescence Through Figurative Music Lyric Exposure: Towards better decision-making skills, Shannon S. Clark

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How the Principals of New Zealand Catholic Secondary Schools Understand and Implement Special Character, Siân Maree Owen

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Tackling Ability in Rugby League Players: a Strength and Conditioning Perspective, Michael Speranza

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A Matter of Time: an Investigation into the Learning and Teaching of Time in the Middle Primary Years, Margaret Christine Thomas

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Improving Screening and Physiotherapy Management of Vestibular Disorders in the Hospital Setting, Vicky Stewart

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The Contribution of the Neighbourhood Environment to the Relationship Between Neighbourhood Disadvantage and Physical Function Among Middle-Aged to Older Adults, Hui Yee Loh

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

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A Critical Look at Parenting Research: An Examination and Contextualisation of Autonomy Supportive and Psychologically Controlling Parenting, Jasper J. Duineveld

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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 Colin Burow

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The Gospels of Mark and Matthew in the Context of the Early Church, Sarah L. Cook

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The Fatigue Response Following a Team-Sport Match Simulation, Paul J. Tofari

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

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Understanding the Psychological and Social Origins of Gender Disparities in Self-Beliefs, Motivation, and Educational Attainment, Brooke Van Zanden

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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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Hamstring strain injury: objective assessment tools and exercise-specific progression criteria during pain-threshold rehabilitation, Jack Thomas Hickey

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Adherence of allied health clinicians to the Stroke Foundation clinical guidelines for management of stroke (2010): a retrospective clinical record audit of both acute and rehabilitation services., Philip Thomas Abery

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John Chrysostom On Almsgiving and the Therapy of the Soul, Junghun Bae

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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 Elizabeth 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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The Making Available Right: Realizing the Potential of Copyright's Dissemination Function in the Digital Age, Cheryl Jo LIn Foong

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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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The Combined Effect of Training and Match Loads on Injury Risk in Professional Australian Footballers, Nicholas B. Murray

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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 Luke Loader

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Physical Qualities and Match Demands of Female Australian Football, Georgia Black

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Disturbing the Storm: Narratives from the Liminal Space: Investigating the Commonalities Between Older Afghan Hazara Women and Calabrian Exiles through Theories of Storytelling and Creative Led Research, Jema Anna Stellato Pledger

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The Influence of On-site Professional Development on Teacher Practice, Catherine Margaret Forrester

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Constructing the Espoused Purpose of Islamic Schools in Australia, Nada Nemra Ghamra-oui

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An Exploration of a Variation of Achievement, Sue Jury

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 Clare Connelly

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Teachers' and Students' Perspectives of Using Restorative Practices in Schools: "It's Got the Power to Change Behaviour", Michelle Kehoe

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

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When Heaven and Earth Embrace: How Do We Engage Spiritually in an Emerging Universe?, Mary M. Tinney

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Emotion Regulation Strategies in Daily Life: Examining Contextual Variability in the Process of Emotion Regulation, Robert N. Brockman

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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 Patrick Torpy

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Teaching and Learning Spatial Thinking with Young Students: the Use and Influence of External Representations, Peta Spencer

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The cognitive-behavioural theory and treatment for eating disorders and disordered eating: A direct evaluation, Jake Linardon

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Exercise-nutrient interactions: Effects on substrate metabolism and performance, Jill J. Leckey

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Authorship and authority in the novels of Alasdair Gray, Claire Blomeley

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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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A Teacher's Journey: Shifting Theoretical Positions in Early Childhood Education, Elizabeth Joy Hunt

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Remembering the Past, Living the Present, Shaping the Future: Catholic-Jewish Dialogue in Australia, Lorraine Victorsen

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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

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The Art of Political Solidarity, Simon Anton Dougherty

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Ethical Relationships to Soil in the Anthropocene, Anne Therese O'Brien

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