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  • Menzies staff talking to healthcare workers about providing care during COVID19 response

    Assisting with the COVID-19 response

    Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) researchers and clinicians are using their expertise, experience and local community contacts to develop enduring solutions to the current COVID-19 pandemic to improve health outcomes and wellbeing across Northern Australia, with our neighbours in Timor-Leste and around Australia.

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  • Dr Tracy Woodroffe Newsroom

    The future of Indigenous education in Australia

    Dr Woodroffe’s research explores the importance of pre-service Indigenous cultural teacher education in the urban context by talking to both new and more experienced teachers.

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    Advanced Manufacturing Alliance

    The Advanced Manufacturing Alliance is a joint initiative between CDU and SPEE3D utilising world-first 3D metal printing technology.

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  • Hands atop a projection of a topographical landscape

    Projection Augmented Landscape Models

    The use of innovative Projection Augmented Physical Landscape technology is bringing science and local Indigenous knowledge together in a way that facilitates two-way learning about environmental history and science in the very diverse, cross-cultural, cross-linguistic space of northern Australia.

    The approach, developed by Rohan Fisher from Charles Darwin University, uses simulation games of landscape process projected onto 3D printed landscapes or sand that is shaped to fit the terrain. The projection augmented landscapes look spectacular, like an animated hologram of country, they are multi-sensory and interactive, pulling people into learn and teach by providing a stage to elicit and share local stories from the land. More information at

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  • Sunrise over Darwin harbour

    A new approach to manage Darwin Harbour

    Traditional Owners, along with many other stakeholders, will work together on developing the Integrated Report Card. Over the next few years, the Report Card will track the health of Darwin Harbour to allow informed decision making towards a sustainable future for all those living in the surrounding area.

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  • Dr Sarah Ireland

    Dr Sarah Ireland discusses her work in the remote region of Arnhem Land

    Dr Ireland's research project, 'Caring for Mum on Country', looks at how Indigenous knowledge can be used to empower women to become "Doula", Indigenous childbirth companions.

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Menzies School of Health Research

Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods

Northern Institute

Energy and Resources Institute

The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre

The Australasian Centre for Resilience Implementation for Sustainable Communities

Research news

  • digital-skills-passport-cdu

    Digital ‘skills passport’ enables Territory job seekers to reach their employment goals

    A digital ‘skills passport’ being developed by Charles Darwin University (CDU)’s Northern Institute will support job seekers and school leavers in the Territory to showcase their skills and knowledge and improve their employment prospects.

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    Backing Top End research through the pandemic

    More than 36 research projects in the Territory will be funded at Charles Darwin University (CDU) thanks to $3.4 million in funding from the Federal Government to help alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on university research.

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    New integrated report card to protect Darwin Harbour

    Territorians will get a better insight into the health and long-term sustainability of Darwin Harbour, following the launch of the first truly integrated Darwin Harbour Report Card.

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