About the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences

Applied and Environmental Science - Head of Program - Dr Judith Wake

Bachelor of Environmental Science

The Bachelor of Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary program that aims to develop a broad foundation in the skills in demand by both the private and government sectors. Students develop the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for employment in fields related to environmental monitoring, management and ecologically sustainable development. By combining the insights of the chemical and biological sciences with those of the humanities and social sciences, students achieve a holistic understanding of the science of environmental processes and challenges and develop an ability to think systemically and systematically about natural resource management and social and economic development.

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree has recently been reviewed and a number of changes have been implemented to prepare students to take advantage of the employment opportunities both in the central Queensland region and throughout Australia. Students are able to specialise in Ecology and Conservation Biology, Analytical and Molecular Science, and Agricultural and Food Science. All three specialisations combine a core of basic science courses with a range of specialised options giving theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to work or undertake research in the specialisation.

Postgraduate Programs in Water Resource Management

Programs in Water Resource Management (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters) enable students to begin or expand their careers in the fields of water resource management and planning, water resource modelling, and environmental consultancy. The program is run in partnership with a number of other Australian universities which gives students the option to design a program to suit individual interests and career outcomes. Links to overseas universities give students the option to gain overseas experience.

Postgraduate Programs in Environmental Management

The suite of programs in Environmental Management (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters) aims to provide professional scientists and engineers with an in-depth understanding of environmental issues, problems and solutions. The programs are run in close consultation with industry to provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to solve pressing environmental issues in a wide range of industrial contexts.

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

The purpose of the honours program is primarily to train students for research. Some honours graduates may move on to research higher degrees (MSc or PhD) while others may use their research skills in government or private organisations. This program provides a valuable learning experience and the opportunity to specialise and excel in a chosen science discipline. It also gives students skills in problem solving, analysis, project management and professional level communication.

The honours program at CQUni offers considerable flexibility and close contact with academic staff who will act as research mentors. Enrolment is flexible and students may enrol full time or part-time with a start time in either Term 1 or Term 2 (mid-year entry). There is provision for on-campus or flexible enrolment.

Medical and Exercise Science - Head of Program - Dr Brendan Humphries

The Medical and Exercise Sciences programs are delivered by friendly and dynamic staff engaged in the priority growing areas of medicine, exercise and health. The programs offered in the Medical and Exercise Sciences include:

  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences
  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences (specialisation: Pathology, Clinical Investigation, Biotechnology, Nutrition)
  • Bachelor of Paramedic Science
  • Bachelor of Oral Health
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours - Specialisation)
  • Masters of Health Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

The facilities in the Medical and Exercise Sciences are first rate matching the location of CQUniversity. The Medical and Exercise Sciences program is housed in a brand new dedicated building that boasts state of the art teaching and research facilities. The new Exercise and Sport Sciences building hosts new Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology Research Laboratories and is located in close proximity to university sporting facilities that include a pool, gymnasium, basketball stadium, tennis courts, track and field, and sporting ovals. The Medical Sciences boast state of the art research and teaching equipment and facilities in its Biomedical, Microbiology, and Anatomy Laboratories. The Paramedic Sciences also boast a brand new facility that houses state of the art technology in its Paramedic Simulation laboratory. The Oral Health program will be housed in the new CQUniversity Health Clinic boasting the latest technology and equipment.

To complement the academic programs within Medical and Exercise Sciences the University has a dynamic research environment that features excellent facilities, which are staffed by internationally renowned researchers, with research ranging from human intervention trials to animal studies. The Medical and Exercise Science staff are closely aligned with the Institute of Health and Social Science Research that houses eight unique Centres supporting health research. The Medical and Exercise Sciences programs have a strong association with the Centre for Physical Activities Studies, Population Research Laboratory and the 10,000 Steps Community Health Promotion Physical Activity Project. Other research laboratories within the Medical and Exercise Sciences include the Biomechanics Research Laboratory, the Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory, and the Medical Science Research Laboratories.

The staff from Medical and Exercise Science actively engage in collaborative research and encourage students to become involved in research opportunities throughout the School and University, and encourage the pursuit of postgraduate research opportunities. Research areas of strength include physical activity and health with a focus on chronic disease prevention, population health, cardiac pharmacology, diabetes management, osteoporosis, whole-body vibration, aging athlete, and sports performance.

The Medical and Exercise Sciences programs also pride itself on its community linkages within Central Queensland and the broader community. These linkages are twofold, providing the Central Queensland Community with the opportunity to gain access to the facilities, programs and services that our Programs have to offer and to provide our students with opportunities to gain real world experience through the duration of their studies.

Exercise & Sport Science

Exercise and Sports Sciences are a multidisciplinary field that will enable you to understand and appreciate human movement as it applies to human fitness, elite performance enhancement, family and community health, lifestyle management, occupational health and safety, and personal health. Core studies include the sub-disciplines of exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, exercise and sport psychology, and anatomy to provide a comprehensive understanding of health and the factors that influence it.

Students gain knowledge, explore the applications, and understand the methods, concepts and interactions of the sub-disciplines of exercise and sport sciences in the discovery of human movement as it applies to health, fitness, and human behaviour.

A Bachelor of Medical Imaging from CQUniversity provides you with skills and knowledge needed to work as an accredited radiographer. Diagnostic radiographers are responsible for providing safe and accurate imaging examinations in a wide range of clinical environments using a variety of imaging modalities and techniques so that appropriate management and treatment of patients and clients can proceed.

You will be trained in a new state-of-the-art, purpose-built environment based in Mackay, Queensland, using the latest technology, developing key competencies in a digital technology platform, remote and rural innovation, community engagement, internationalisation and lifelong learning. One of the advantages of our program is the 58 weeks of work placements which incorporate reflective learning at each progressive stage of clinical experience so the learned skills and knowledge can be applied in a real-world setting. Graduates from CQUniversity's Bachelor of Medical Imaging will be recognised as practitioners of the highest calibre.

Unlike other medical imaging programs where students are required to attain a year of practical experience after completion of a three-year bachelor, we offer a four-year program that incorporates work placement throughout the degree. Our program has a distinct focus on the regional and rural community with clinical placement carried out at suitable health providers throughout the degree.

CQUniversity's Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography is a three-year undergraduate degree program, linked with a one-year Graduate Diploma of Sonography which must be undertaken to qualify and practice as a medical sonographer. The combined programs are the first of the kind in Australia, providing students the opportunity to enter the profession with no prior health science knowledge.

Together the degrees provide a comprehensive four-year program in medical sonography that incorporates 62 weeks of clinical time designed with reflective learning practices so that at each progressive stage of clinical experience, skills and knowledge already learned can be applied. In fact, CQUniversity graduates will be recognised as practitioners of the highest calibre with accreditation as a sonographer competent to perform all the major types of ultrasound examinations (excluding echocardiography).

Our program has a distinct focus on the regional and rural community with clinical placement carried out at suitable health providers throughout Queensland. Students will be educated and trained in a state-of-the-art, purpose-built environment based in Mackay, Queensland, using the latest digital technology and simulated learning clinics.

A biomedical science degree is your pathway to a wide variety of interesting career and future study options. Quite a few of our graduates elect to enter further postgraduate study programs in medicine, pharmacy and allied health disciplines such as medical imaging, dietetics and audiology. Students seeking entry into a postgraduate medicine program normally sit their GAMSAT entrance exam in the third year of study.

A career in clinical pathology is another common career choice of our graduates since they have opportunities for further on the job specialist training, as well as job opportunities interstate and overseas once experienced.

With the boom in the biotechnology and pharmaceutics industries occurring worldwide, CQUniversity biomedical science graduates have a broad skills range in microbiology, biochemistry, analytical science, pharmacology, immunology and molecular and cell biology useful in these industries.

For those high flying students with a passion for research and creating new knowledge in biomedical research, then a fourth year Biomedical Science Honours year is recommended.

We have an excellent track record at CQUniversity in placing our first class honours graduates in leading research teams within Australia for their postgraduate PhD studies.

The current supply of health professionals in Australia is not sufficient to meet current needs, and this is expected to worsen as both the population and the workforce age. The distribution of the workforce is poor, declining significantly in remote areas.

Regional and remote Australia also have less access to allied health professionals than those living in major cities. The growing call for regionally trained graduates, which will result in increased recruitment opportunities for the regional, rural and remote health workforce, provides both a need for action as well as an opportunity for CQUniversity.

To address this need, we have developed a suite of programs in the Health Professions. These programs support the University's renewal strategy and align closely with our operational plan to increase accessibility to relevant, flexible degrees that meet the higher education aspirations of students.

Through cross-organisational partnerships and community collaboration, these programs demonstrate an innovative and professionally relevant approach to learning and teaching:

  • work-integrated learning and co-operative placement models
  • integrated Health clinic students deliver health care considered vital to the local health care landscape
  • graduates are considered work-ready and graduate employees of choice.

These programs contribute innovative contemporary practices, outstanding research outcomes and contribute to the developing knowledge in their respective professional areas.

Specialist Professional Programs
(Occupational Therapy; Physiotherapy; Podiatry; Speech Pathology)

These programs have been developed to prepare graduates to meet the key entry level competencies standards as defined by professional body competency standards.

They have also been developed to maximise the integration between the programs as well as with the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Allied Health) in both theoretical academic instruction and clinical fieldwork experience. Key evidence in support of these proposed developments includes:

  • The need for regionally-based health programs is well established, as is the critical shortage of health professionals in the Central Queensland region. The suite of health programs addresses this workforce disparity and influences CQUniversity's reputation as being able to contribute to the growth of the Central Queensland community.
  • The Integrated health clinic promotes self-sufficiency in the provision of clinical placement opportunities which are becoming increasingly important due to scarcity, cost, and complexity of organising health industry based clinical experience. Clinical exposure and experience is paramount to work-readiness.
  • Utilisation of the same staff to teach across the undergraduate Bachelor of Health Sciences (Allied Health) and the discipline specific Graduate Entry Masters programs assists the sustainability and underpins the financial modelling of the programs.

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Allied Health)

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Allied Health) is a 3-year program offered in an internal and flexible delivery model from the Rockhampton and Bundaberg campuses. The program provides a foundation learning opportunity leading to graduates with skills, knowledge and experience necessary to fill emerging health workforce roles and reflects the contemporary direction of the national agenda on education, health, employment and closing the gap.

There is considerable overlap in curriculum with other Medical Science and Health programs offered from CQUniversity. This program delivers graduate attributes that foster problem solving, critical thinking, encourage a culture of life long learning and produce workplace ready successful graduates. It also provides students with the necessary skill set to enter a suite of specialist professional programs by seamlessly interlocking all programs to deliver relevant outcomes for the national health agenda and effectively respond to community needs.

Immediate employment opportunities revolve around the role of an Allied Health Assistant which is currently being met by sub degree qualifications deemed inadequate. Graduates can also engage in employment in health promotion, public health, health research and articulation into other health education.

Central to this program's progress is the development of an Integrated Health Clinic which provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to blend real-life clinical experience with contemporary best-practice theoretical education. Final year students follow a case-based learning curriculum specifically linked to the students' clinical activity in the Integrated health clinic.

Programs Available


Psychology is a popular field of study in Australia. Demand for psychologists continues to grow in schools, hospitals, academic and applied research settings, law courts, prisons, defence forces, private practices, consulting firms, market research companies - the list goes on.

With such a diverse range of specialties, psychology can be a very rewarding and satisfying career choice. At CQUniversity you are guaranteed that the psychology programs, which are all accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), will provide you with an extensive knowledge base and detailed understanding of human behaviour.

Our programs seek to promote a collaborative and collegial model of psychological research, training and practice that encourages, stimulates, and maintains excellence. Our research and training includes:

  • Learning and memory processes
  • Human behaviour and animal interactions
  • Psychological assessment and research
  • Biological psychology including sleep and fatigue
  • Social psychology and jury research
  • Clinical psychology training in the Psychology Wellness Centre
  • Developmental psychology and childhood psychological development
  • Research methods and gambling
  • Lifespan psychology and aging
  • Forensic psychology

Psychology Values

Psychology at CQUniversity values an environment that advances scholarship and the delivery of high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate education and training through interactive and engaging technology.

Graduates of CQUniversity Psychology programs have unique skills that are highly valued across a wide range of workplace settings, these include:

  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly valued literacy, numeracy and computer literacy skills
  • Research methods and analytic skills
  • Measurement and assessment skills
  • Environmental and social awareness
  • Interpersonal awareness and communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Higher order content and process analysis skills
  • Critical thinking and evaluation


CQUniversity offers a unique teaching, learning and research environment in the study of sociology. Sociology at CQUniversity was developed with an applied focus on rural and regional issues such as health promotion, family violence, community development and environmental sustainability.

Sociology is the systematic study of social interactions, relationships and structures from the interpersonal to the global - from body piercing to love, sex and the politics of food. All of us are sociologists in our everyday lives. We interpret the behaviour of other people and try to make sense of society. Sociology does this in a more systematic way - challenging our common sense assumptions and teaching us to see the world in new ways. This involves dealing with the complex ways people interact with society and are shaped by it.

The discipline of sociology is an important one in today's world. It provides an excellent grounding for tertiary students who are seeking a thorough understanding of the patterns of human interaction and the forces of change in society. It also provides insights useful to professionals in people-oriented areas such as:

  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Human Movement
  • Social Welfare and Community Work
  • Environmental and life sciences
  • Occupational Health and Safety

Courses Available

CQUniversity offers several programs in the Transport and Safety Science sector.

Accident Forensics

Losses due to accidents remain a multi-billion dollar cost to Australian society, with equivalent impacts internationally. Accidents also result in significant social costs to the victims and those close to them, costs that are seldom well understood. Contemporary research and industry stakeholders' opinions confirm that society needs to have better understanding of accident causation and prevention if there is to be a shift in mitigating this significant social epidemic. Graduates of our unique programs in this field will learn to systematically analyse the knowledge, principles and concepts related to accident forensics. This will include conducting accident investigations and analysis based on knowledge and techniques appropriate to accident forensics.


We offer a suite of exciting aviation programs from Diploma through to Bachelor level. These include the opportunity to incorporate practical recreational flight training into your studies. We also have an exciting partnership with the Australian Flight Academy to provide commercial flight training alongside our Diploma of Aviation Theory. This program makes use of Bundaberg airport which is located next door to the Bundaberg campus of the University. During 2013 we will be developing an exciting new Bachelor of Aviation. This will encompass pathways through different sub-disciplines including; human factors, technology, and management.

Occupational Health

Occupational health and safety is concerned with the health and safety of the members within an organisation. Occupational health and safety officers coordinate systems, identify hazards, assess risks and put required controls in place to minimise the risk of accidents and illness among staff. The typical work of an occupational health and safety officer also involves the promotion of health and safety including the development of policies and procedures, inspecting and testing of machinery and equipment, ensuring the correct safety and protective equipment is available and ensuring it meets regulations, ensuring that the organisation complies with legislation, supervising the investigation of accidents, assisting with the organisation of appropriate health care and insurance claims and coordinating emergency procedures.

Safety Science

Safety Science/Human Factors at CQUni is an applied science based in psychology with cross-disciplinary influences from engineering, ergonomics, management and industrial design.

The Postgraduate Safety Science program is designed to:

  • create leaders in Safety
  • upgrade safety professionals' qualifications
  • develop professional safety networks
  • meet the needs of people working full time.

Safety science and human factors is about minimising harm to workers, and the general public, that may be caused by the activities of an organisation. A key difference between the discipline of safety science and occupational health and safety is that safety science extends beyond managing safety of employees to include external parties such as consumers.

Safety scientists are safety leaders within an organisation and are responsible for promoting safety throughout the workforce, developing and implementing safety initiatives and advocating for change with management. These activities are based on a thorough understanding of human factors, behaviour, risk, organisational drivers and safety management strategies within an organisation.

Courses Available



The School of Human, Health and Social Sciences offers exciting and innovative programs in the broad area of Population Health. These programs provide exposure to a wide variety of hands-on experiences, ensuring 'work-ready' graduates with participation in worksite visits and incorporation of work practicum. Our strong relationships with industry bodies ensure our programs are continually updated with the latest health and safety practices. In addition our staff are acknowledged national leaders in their field and have received national awards for their research and teaching practices. This expertise falls into a number of areas:

Health Promotion

Health promotion professionals contribute to the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and organisations through informing and empowering at all levels. The CQUniversity Health Promotion programs aim to produce health care professionals with the ability to work effectively in their communities in the area of health promotion. This program seeks to provide students with a comprehensive set of knowledge and skills that reflect the national health promotion competencies and the CQUniversity generic graduate skills and attributes which should enable them to work with individuals and communities to increase control over and generally improve their health and wellbeing.

Environmental Health

Environmental Health is concerned with the promotion of good health, hygiene and environmental practices and is critical to the health and wellbeing of the community. Environmental health officers develop, regulate and enforce laws and regulations governing public health as well as building and environmental management. Environmental health officers may also be responsible for work such as investigating complaints about food safety and ensuring suppliers conform to health regulations, monitoring and reporting on water, air and noise pollution, conduct environmental impact studies and risk assessments, advising and contributing to the policy surrounding environmental health, investigating and advising on public health issues such as disease outbreaks and so much more.

Emergency Service

The recent expansion of the emergency service portfolio within CQUniversity acknowledges the increasingly complex environment faced by emergency service workers, the economic, social and environmental cost of emergency and disaster situations on our communities and the fact that through its diverse portfolio of learning, teaching and research, the university is well positioned to play a significant role in the higher education of emergency service workers. A flagship of the suite is the new Bachelor of Emergency Service program which provides a pathway for those holding relevant Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications who wish to deepen their knowledge, for example in the areas of safety science, community safety and management. The program recognises the professional competencies and significant experience of emergency service workers and is therefore built upon an approach that values real-world contexts and engaged learning and teaching.

Courses and Specialisations


Our Research Committee

The School of Medical and Applied Sciences has access to world-class research facilities and staff have strong affiliations with University research centres such as the Centre for Plant and Water Sciences, Centre for Environmental Management and Institute of Health and Social Science Research. The School supports the highest number of research higher degree students in the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, covering the biological, environmental and medical sciences. Many staff collaborate with other institutions and the recent introduction of Co-operative Research Network funding will boost this activity. The School hosts high calibre researchers from all over the world (e.g. Nepal, India, Bangladesh, China, Europe and US) on a wide range of topics (molecular biology to ecosystems) covering a large geographic area (Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Mackay and Emerald). The School Research Committee assists in promoting research within the staff and student cohort by organising seminars, providing research support and assisting with networking and mentoring. The ethnic diversity, access to a wide range of research topics, strong support from management and staff expertise provide an excellent environment for undertaking applied research.