CQUni partnership to help support the growth of Wide Bay research culture

Published:09 October 2018

WBHHS Director of Research Education, Development and Support Angela Ratsch (left) pictured with CQUniversity Associate Professor Joyce Hendricks at one of the research hotspots.

CQUniversity Nursing academics will soon provide research support to Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) staff as part of a new collaborative partnership.

Several research hotspots are being established across the WBHSS, including on the ground level of the Bundaberg Hospital, next to the large human resources room, and in the WBHHS offices at the Madsen Medical Centre, Urraween Road, opposite the Hervey Bay Hospital.

The research hotspots will act as hubs for interaction between academics and staff.

CQUniversity Associate Professor Joyce Hendricks said academics would initially visit the Bundaberg Hospital research hotspot on a fortnightly basis for four hours.

“During this time, academics will work with staff to provide research design, methodology analysis, and reporting assistance, as well as help to develop research outcomes,” she said.

“Junior academics will also attend, not only to be mentored in areas of research but also to increase their exposure to the hospital and health service.

“The engagement initiative also identifies CQUniversity as a future partner of the WBHHS, which will assist the health organisation to attract funds for research and evaluative projects.”

WBHHS Director of Research Education, Development and Support Angela Ratsch said the presence of CQUniversity Nursing academics would support the growth of the WBHHS’ research culture.

“The WBHHS Research Team is always available to provide assistance and guidance via phone and face-to-face interactions, ” she said.

“However, the presence of CQUniversity academics will simultaneously allow the team to effectively support staff and work towards completing current WBHHS research projects.”

Angela said each research hotspot was fitted with suitable resources to ensure staff could complete all their research duties in one place.

“Each research hotspot offers computer/docking stations for staff to prepare their research-related documents, and also secure storage solutions,” she said.

Depending on demand, Angela said the WBHHS would assess the need for more research hotspots and additional CQUniversity academic support.

“Staff will be notified of this opportunity via the Wide Bay Wave, our internal staff newsletter, and if the demand is high, we will assess the requirements as needed,” she said.

“The WBHHS looks forward to working with CQUniversity, and offering further support to its staff through this collaborative partnership.”