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Community Health and Wellbeing

Aligned with the themes of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), CQUniversity's commitment to improving community 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.

OUR COLLABORATIONS

  • Queensland Correction Services and Queensland Health - Townsville Women’s Correctional Centre and CQUniversity Midwifery students continuity of care collaboration. This innovative Ground Up program connected CQUni Midwifery students with pregnant prisoners at the Townsville Women's Correctional Centre providing support, advocacy throughout the process, and continuity of care for prisoners.
  • Travellers Aid Australia, Guide Dog Victoria – “An Orienteering Experience of Disability”. The Orienteering Experience of Disability: The Ups and Downs of Mobility Dependence was coordinated by CQUni’s Office of Social Innovation and Occupational Therapy course, and presented with the support of Travellers Aid Australia, Guide Dogs Victoria and Southern Cross Station
  • 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

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.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

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
  • Our podiatry staff and students lead an initiative to support people experiencing homelessness by offering free services to those who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless, and those in transitional care.

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.
  • Days for Girls is a not-for-profit organisation that provides sanitary items for Nepalese women living in poverty. CQUniversity partnered with Days for Girls to provide sanitary packs for delivery by CQUniversity academics and staff to women in need in Nepal.
  • Resilience at Work was the theme of a one-day workshop on CQUniversity Brisbane campus in June 2018 addressing mental health in the workforce.
  • CQUniversity Mackay ‘s Indaba in 2018 focused on youth challenges of mental health, employment and impact of technology
  • Bikes to Wheelchairs Project by Rotary was supported by our students who built and donated 20 wheelchairs for those in need in third world countries.
  • Mentoring of school students – the winners of the 2018 Australian Tech Girls Competition were mentored by a CQUniversity academic to design an app addressing matters relating to domestic violence.

SHARING OUR SPORTS FACILITIES WITH THE COMMUNITY

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. View some of the organisations we supported with in-kind access in 2018 below:

OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF WELLBEING

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.

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.