Engaged Research and Innovation 2012


10,000 Steps

10,000 Steps

  • Dr Mitch Duncan
  • Dr Corneel Vandelotte
  • Anetta Van Itallie
  • Kelly Corry
  • Cindy Hooker
  • Stephanie Hall
  • Luke Fallon

CQUniversity researchers and staff from the Institute for Health and Social Science Research have been awarded a 2012 Opal Award for their project 10,000 Steps.

10,000 Steps is a freely accessible physical activity promotion project that has helped hundreds of Australians increase their physical day-to-day activity.

It was a year of celebrations for the 10,000 Steps team, with the project reaching over 200,000 members and recording a combined total of more than 112 billion steps.

The program has secured its 11th year of funding from the State Government.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community & Engagement) Professor Pierre Viljoen said the project earned a CQUniversity Opal Award for Engaged Research and Innovation.

"The 10,000 Steps project is a prime example of how our University staff are making a difference to their communities far and wide," Professor Viljoen said.

Lead researcher Dr Mitch Duncan said the project was gaining momentum over time as the team continuously looked to improve processes.

"10,000 Steps will continue to promote physical activity to individuals as we have done for over a decade," he said.

"We will also be increasing our work with employers to increase the physical activity levels of their workers. Being active in the workplace, regardless of occupation, is vital to employee health, well-being and productivity."

For more information about 10,000 Steps visit


Domestic and Family Violence Database


  • Heather Nancarrow
  • Anne Webster
  • Clinton Rawsthorne

For ten years, the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (CDFVR) has partnered with the Queensland Government and domestic and family violence support services across Queensland to collect, collate and analyse non-identifying client data to support policy and program development.

In 2011-2012, the partnership revised the data collection system to enhance flexibility and better meet collective information needs. This long-term, innovative data collection partnership provides comprehensive data, at no cost to the partners, for research and planning.

Growing Community Resilience in Theodore

Wendy Madsen

  • Wendy Madsen
  • Cathy O'Mullan

Community resilience is an area of emerging research and lends itself naturally to engaged research approaches. This particular project has demonstrated how the commencement of one community-based research project has resulted in a number of spin off projects that are benefiting the community and the researchers.

Cathy and Wendy are involved in a number of research projects located in Theodore including a Community-Based Participatory Research project to explore and develop community resilience after the flood events of 2010 – 2011.

This involved working with community, conducting workshops, analysing photographs related to the floods, surveys and building a rapport with key members of the community.

As a result, further research opportunities within the community have been undertaken including:

  1. A collaborative project with the University of Queensland to undertake interviews with key people involved in providing services to the Theodore community during the immediate and longer-term period after the floods
  2. Evaluating a rural leadership training course
  3. Conducting workshops on how to undertake an oral history and how to analyse transcripts, as well as writing a book to help weave the theme of resilience
  4. Faculty Early Career Mentorship Program to focus on community based research.