CQUniversity's applied research focus emphasises the translation and uptake of research findings to meet external stakeholder needs – the focus is not merely on increasing academic publications and citation rates. Several aspects of our research are oriented towards real-world outcomes including: provision of high quality outcomes through translation and application of current research findings (Mental Health Nursing, Family and Domestic Violence; Population Health; Education Practice); influencing government policy and regulatory frameworks (Fatigue Management in Fly-in/Fly-out and Drive-in/Drive-out long distance commuters; Marine Biosecurity frameworks); and developing greater understanding of social issues of the day and contributing to decision-making through salient advice (Economic considerations of conflict between agrarian and resource extraction uses).
With almost one million kilometres of roads across Australia, maintaining this vital infrastructure is a major challenge for local, state and federal governments. The condition of roads influence user safety and research has shown poor road quality is a major contributing factor to motor vehicle accidents and subsequent driver injuries and fatalities.
Australia has witnessed a paradigm shift in how we regard the neurological condition of dementia. We now know that people with dementia can and do continue to live engaged lives long after receiving their diagnosis. However, despite this realisation, communities have been slow to address accessibility issues for this population, making travel conditions far from ideal.
It’s a world-first trial of global positioning technology in the grazier’s field, and CQUniversity’s Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) research project aims to make locating livestock a centimetre-perfect process.
When it comes to protecting crops from pests and diseases, rapid detection is a vital element for ensuring a successful response. But across Queensland’s large-scale agriculture, primary producers can struggle to cover the hectares required often enough to spot problems as they appear.
Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) has made headlines around the world – but what do visitors to Far North Queensland think about the news? The answer could have big implications for the future of eco-tourism in the region, and in 2015, CQUniversity researchers from the Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities (CTRO) embarked on a journey to find out.