CQUni's leading role in research program to transform regional healthcare

Published:06 February 2018

TOP: CQUni Deputy VC (Research) Professor Grant Stanley helps launch CQ Health’s Research Ready Grant Program. BELOW: Program supporters L-R included Nurse Researcher CQ Health and CQUniversity Tracy Flenady, CQ Health Nursing Director Education and Research Julie Kahl, Associate Professor Trudy Dwyer (CQUni), Associate Professor David Shaker (UQ Rural Clinical School), Professor Grant Stanley (CQ Uni), CQ Health Chief Executive Steve Williamson, CQ Hospital and Health Board Chair Paul Bell and Board Member Professor Leone Hinton celebrate the Research Ready launch.

CQUniversity is leading a new research program designed to transform healthcare in the Central Queensland region.

The Research Ready Grant Program features multi-disciplinary teams, mentorship, and collaboration between CQ Health and Hospital Services (CQHHS), CQUniversity and the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School.

CQUni Professor Trudy Dwyer says 24 multi-disciplinary health profession teams from CQHHS are undertaking an eight-week research skills development program. Each of these teams are mentored by experienced researchers from CQUni (along with some input from UQ) to develop their research proposal.

At the end of the eight weeks, eight of the best projects will be chosen and will then be funded to action their projects that will potentially transform healthcare for Central Queenslanders.

"This program will drive research in the CQ region to ultimately improve healthcare services using solid evidence gathered locally," Professor Dwyer says.

CQ Health Chief Executive Steve Williamson says support and resources to allow local clinical research is essential in the recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals.

“We need to keep our clinicians engaged and enthused and research opportunities are an ideal platform for that. The ultimate benefit of those research programs, of course, is the improvement of the services we offer our patients and consumers, and that’s the reason we all do what we do," Mr Williamson says.