SDG3 Good Health and Wellbeing

Aligned with the themes of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 Good Health and Wellbeing, CQUniversity's commitment to good health and wellbeing is demonstrated through involvement in local, national and global collaborations, projects and initiatives that drive change, better outcomes and lead to a more sustainable future.


  • CQuniversity's 10,00 Steps program - led by Professor Corneel Vandelanotte, and Health and Wellbeing Queensland have joined forces encouraging Queenslanders to take on 'The Billion Steps Challenge' to boost physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative has strong support from Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk and was officially launched in Brisbane on 2 May by Queensland Minister for Health Steven Miles and Queensland Minister for Sport and Recreation Mick de Brenni.
  • Regional Medical Pathway - CQuniversity has partnered with The University of Queensland, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services to address the difficulties in attracting and retaining doctors in regional, remote and rural areas.
  • Hands On Health Australia (HoHa) - CQUniversity partnered with Hands On Health Australia (HoHA) to provide chiropractic care to members of the local community who were in need of chiropractic care and were unable to afford it previously.
  • Mackay Hospital and Health Services (MHHS) - CQUniversity entered into a partnership wth MHHS to enhance the leadership and clinical capabilities of their clinical and non-clinical staff by delivering a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.
  • CQUniversity partnership with Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service on research opportunities and student placement opportunities.
  • CQUniversity works in collaboration with Yuma Bimbi Support Services to improve literacy and numeracy for people with a disability.

10 0000 STEPS

10 000 Steps is a physical activity initiative lead by CQUniversity funded by the Australian Government. 10 000 Steps sees collaborations occur at the national level with workplaces and the general community to promote walking and improved individual health and well being.  Community grants are available to organisations to implement the 10 000 Steps program.  Read some of our 10 000 Steps stories:

2018 stories

10 000 Steps Celebrates 200 Billion Steps

10 000 Steps Launches Community Grants

2019 stories

10 000 Steps a Staggering Success

2020 stories

'Billion Steps Challenge' receives a highly commended at Best Practice Awards in tertiary education management.

Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS)

CQUniversity and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland section) collaborate on research opportunities for sustainable healthcare and the RFDS provide placement opportunities for students.

National Heart Foundation of Australia

CQUniversity is a member of the Queensland Cardiovascular Research Network (QCRN) that connects the cardiovascular research community in Queensland and our researchers participate in research projects funded by the National Heart Foundation.

DR Stephanie Schoeppe leads a research project titled  “Increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary time in children using smartphone apps”. This research project is a collaborative effort with the National Heart Foundation of Australian and is funded from 2017-2020.

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

CQUniversity researchers participate in research projects funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation with Professor Matthew Rockloff leading a study into gambling and health that will ultimately aim to reduce and prevent gambling harm.

Queensland Health

CQUniversity researchers participate in research projects funded by the Queensland Health Department with an innovative research project launched by CQ Health in 2018. The project was a collaborative effort with CQUniversity and University of Queensland Rural Clinical School.

Pokhara Fishtail Hospital, Nepal

CQUniversity and the Pokhara Fishtail Hospital have an established relationship with the Nepalese Hospital hosts CQUniversity students on clinical placements and CQUniversity supporting local health initiatives. This is an ongoing collaboration that has been in place for over a decade.

Salaam Baalak Trust, India

CQUniversity is a partner with the Salaam Baalak Trust and supports its WALK project. CQUniversity health students visit Salaam Baalak and participate in local health projects.


At CQUniversity, our outreach programs, projects and initiatives focus on improving and promoting health and wellbeing in our local communities.

CQUniversity Student Health Clinics

  • Our Student Health Clinics operate in Rockhampton, Mackay, Sydney and Brisbane. These clinics are a collaboration between health care practitioners and our students to deliver local health services in oral health, speech pathology, physiotherapy, podiatry and chiropractic services.
  • A project, funded by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future, lead by CQUniversity's Melissa Plath, called Tarumbal Smiles involved exploration of a cavity-free future for children at a Central Queensland Kindergarten
  • A partnership with Hands on Health Australia (HoHA) and Mackay's student Chiropractic Clinic provided opportunities for clinical chiropractic students to gain experience by providing support and treatment to the elderly and homeless in Mackay.

CQUniversity Performing Arts Initiatives

A theatre production involving Bachelor of Theatre and Bachelor of Music students and the Queensland Police Force. This collaboration has received recognition as a successful community engagement health promotion initiative.

  • Choices – conveys personal safety messages to high school students about to celebrate leaving school. This project has been running since 1999.
  • Safety Circus – conveys road safety and personal safety messages to year 3 school students. This production has been operating since 2012.

Poop It Kit

CQUniversity professor, Kerry Reid-Searl is using humour to teach children about the link between eating well and making healthy poo.

The 'Poop it' kit uses illustrated stories and rewards to educate four to eight-year-olds about what a healthy poo looks like. This project was developed through a partnership between paediatric nurses, academics, and undergraduate students at CQUniversity. The inspiration behind the project comes from the professor's desire to take the embarrassment out of talking about what we flush down the toilet.

Stress Down Day

The CQUniversity Rockhampton Health clinic restarted their outreach services again by assisting national business Coffey Testing at the Rockhampton branch during their ‘Stress Down Day’.  A CQUniversity Physiotherapy team, attended Coffey Testing in Rockhampton to provide massages and an educational session on the importance of mental health to their employees, especially during the COVID pandemic.

Wild Medic Project

Nine CQUniversity Paramedic students and two lecturers travelled to Nepal to assist with priority screening at a remote health clinic.

Hands on Health Australia (HoHA)

A partnership with Hands on Health Australia (HoHA) and Mackay's student Chiropractic Clinic provided opportunities for clinical chiropractic students to gain experience by providing support and treatment to the elderly and homeless in Mackay.

10,000 Steps Program

CQUniversity leads the 10,000 steps program to improve community health and wellbeing. It is a program that started in Rockhampton and is now a national community-based health initiative. This program is encouraging Queenslanders to take on 'The Billion Steps Challenge' to boost physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women's National Basketball League

CQUniversity Cairns’ Exercise and Sports Science students have been called on for their expertise to host a ‘recovery hub’ for the Chemist Warehouse Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL).

Grow Together CQU

The innovative “Grow Together CQU” initiative has distributed free herb seedlings to more than 100 international students across May 2020, and connected them as they share growing progress, tips and produce. The project, designed after COVID-19 lockdowns began gave students welcome relief from the screen and opportunities to connect with others.

Change Champ Chats Podcast

Enthusiastic CQUniversity students are stepping up to the challenges of COVID-19, as a podcast is helping them share the experiences of students everywhere. With plenty of students struggling, the podcast recognised the tough time for students and offers some expert advice for getting calm, connected and motivated – even as stressful deadlines loom.

Nepal's Fishtail Hospital

CQUniversity Bachelor of Nursing students shadowed staff at Nepal's Fishtail Hospital exposing them to areas such as paediatrics, intensive care, medical and surgical, theatre, maternity, outpatient clinics, renal dialysis, accident and emergency, and medical imaging. They also provided health assessments and education to locals in rural villages.

Tarumbal Smiles

A project, funded by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future, led by CQUniversity's Melissa Plath, called Tarumbal Smiles involved exploration of a cavity-free future for children at a Central Queensland Kindergarten. Bachelor of Oral Health students provided treatment to the Kindergarten students.

GGC Volunteers LTD

CQUniversity Physiotherapy students, all funded under the Federal Government's New Colombo Plan, visited Vietnam and conducted clinics and therapy sessions within 10 different youth centres, charity clinics or schools.

Oceania Master Athletics Championships

CQUni clinical chiropractic students provided treatment to athletes participating in the Oceania Master Athletics Championships in Mackay. In total 450 international athletes competed giving CQUniversity's Master of Clinical Chiropractic students an ideal opportunity to get hands-on experience.


At CQUniversity, our commitment to health and wellbeing extends to community use of our Community Sports Centre.

We open our Sports Centre facilities for use by the community and the general public with affordable rates for a gym membership and use of the University's swimming pool at our CQUniversity Rockhampton North campus.

In addition to this, community organisations regularly use our Community Sports Centre facilities. To discuss paid or in-kind use of our facilities, please contact our Community Sports Centre team.

We are proud to have regular users of our Community Sports Centre, and some of these clients include:

We also support community organisations with in-kind access and use of the Community Sports Centre.


CQUniversity is committed to promoting better health and wellbeing for staff and students and offers a wide range of employee health benefits to staff.

All CQUniversity employees have access to a free Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is a confidential coaching, counselling and wellbeing service for employees and their eligible family members provided by an independent, professional organisation that consists of qualified, experienced professionals who have extensive training and experience in counselling, coaching and workplace consulting. The EAP provides a range of support and resources to assist employees to manage and enhance their work, health and life.

If you are a CQUni employee, find out more via our Staff Portal.

As a CQUniversity student, you have access to a wide range of health and welfare support programs including academic and personal counselling services.

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service recently ran a pop-up health clinic for staff and students to make appointments for a free and confidential Sexual Health or Cervical Screen.

CQUniversity provides free Sexual Health online courses for students, staff and the community to access.

The three modules cover the following:

In 2018, CQUniversity proudly became a smoke-free campus across our entire footprint. Read more in our Smoking, Alcohol and other Drugs in the Workplace Policy.

CQUniversity is a member of the Queensland Health Ready to Quit Program. This is a free program for all Queensland Staff. Contact the OHS Unit for more information.

CQU is committed to developing and implementing a mental health strategy that promotes student and staff mental health and wellbeing and provides a positive educational and workplace experience via a healthy, resilient, inclusive, compassionate and connected University community.

MindWaves recognises the importance of a stepped care model to ensure that students and staff receive the support relevant to their needs. The three-tiered model demonstrates how the strategy is relevant for the three population groups.

  • INSTITUTIONAL APPROACH: Offering Health Promotion and prevention initiatives for all students and staff.
  • TARGETED ASSISTANCE: Offering Early Intervention initiatives for students and staff with identified coping concerns.
  • INDIVIDUAL INTERVENTION: Providing treatment, services, and crisis response management for students and staff with mental health concerns.


Explore the CQUniversity policies that align with SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing.

In 2018, CQUniversity proudly became a smoke-free campus across our entire footprint. Read more in our Smoking, Alcohol and other Drugs in the Workplace Policy.

COVID-19 Response and Services

The year 2020 will forever be remembered as a year that the world changed. Without warning, people across the globe had to quickly adjust to a new environment that was unfamiliar and uncertain. CQUniversity was quick to implement a number of changes and services to support students and staff during the unprecedented changes that Covid-19 brought.

Student and Staff Support

CQUniversity is supporting students via a number of different means in the areas of financial, mental health, learning support, connection opportunities. Visit the How We're Supporting Students During Covid-19 page on the website for more information.

Similarly, Staff Support was provided in a number of ways including:

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Financial Support (CQUni Cares Staff Emergency Fund Grant)
  • Online Teaching Support

COVID-19 Research and Outreach

First Nations people will face some unique challenges with COVID-19, including risks for infection, availability of preparedness plans, the applicability of quarantine and isolation and risks of severe disease given the high prevalence of cardiovascular disease and hypertension in First Nations people.

To assist with understanding and alleviating those challenges, this week the Paul Ramsay Foundation committed $2 million in grant funding to support the Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infectious Disease Emergencies (APPRISE) COVID-19 research.

Queensland primary school teachers making the shift to COVID-19 digital delivery have a new tool at hand with an online science classroom now available from CQUniversity that’s loaded with activities.

Developed by science lecturer Leanne Voss in conjunction with Darryl Clare, Senior Project Officer Digital Learning, the Science for Primary School Students tool features learning activities grouped into five different fields: biology, chemistry, earth and space sciences, physical sciences, and games and quizzes.

CQUniversity has partnered with human performance company WHOOP and will collaborate with Cleveland Clinic in Ohio to investigate a potential connection between changes in respiratory rate and COVID-19 symptoms.

The University plans to conduct a study using 24/7 physiological data, collected via the wrist-worn WHOOP Strap 3.0, from hundreds of self-identified COVID-19 cases among WHOOP members, to better understand the current health crisis.