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Terresa’s success with CQUni’s safety studies is no accident

Terresa’s success with CQUni’s safety studies is no accident

Published:05 July 2018

CQUniversity Accident Forensics alumnus Terresa Clarke is amazed at where the industry has taken her.

Forget what you’ve seen on the news, or television dramas like CSI – according to alumnus Terresa Clarke, CQUni’s Bachelor of Accident Forensics will open your eyes – and your mind – to one of the most complex and exciting fields of science in the world.

The 45-year-old graduate, who is currently an academic casual at the Bundaberg campus and will soon teach students of her own, has encouraged people with an interest in the field to challenge themselves by taking on the degree, the Certificate IV or Diploma of Work Health and Safety, or the Certificate IV in Rail Safety Investigation.

She said her own studies began with a natural curiosity into why accidents happen.

“My first thought was that it would be cool to be able to really decipher how and why accidents happen,” she said.

When she attended an open day at CQUni’s Bundaberg campus Terresa realised that she was just scratching the surface of her understanding of Accident Forensics.

“The information session I attended that day showed me that there was so much more to accidents than what I thought and I just wanted to know more,” she said.

The Bachelor of Accident Forensics equips students you with the skills to conduct and analyse accident investigations based on knowledge and techniques relevant to road, rail, air and industrial environments.

Designed in consultation with Australia's leading accident investigation professionals and organisations, and government authorities that inform public safety strategies, students focus on a variety of areas including accident phenomenology, investigation methods, forensic engineering, accident analysis and occupational health and safety. In addition you will develop skills to prevent the recurrence of accidents.

Terresa said the majority of students who undertake the course are employed in various industries including the power and rail industries as well as workplace occupational health and safety roles.

She said that the Diploma of Work Health and Safety and the certificate courses were components of the degree, but could be completed separately before enrolling in the degree. Qualifications gain have the potential to be used as credit towards the degree.

“People should really come into this course with an open mind because you will truly be amazed at where this can take you in the future,” she said.