Research Impact

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 influencing government policy and regulatory frameworks; developing greater understanding of social issues of the day and contributing to decision-making through salient advice.

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Researcher with a spinal patient sitting in their treatment chair

New Treatment could help victims of Spinal Cord Injuries

A car crash can happen in a split second, but the aftermath can seem an eternity for victims who suffer injury to their spinal cord and are confined to a wheelchair.

Reacher standing in front of a fire truck

Exercise to Help On-Call Workers Fire Up

In the moments immediately after waking, when Australia’s on-call workers may need to make life or death decisions or drive themselves towards danger, their performance is not at its peak.

Two researchers standing in front of a hospital bed with a patient in it

A Health Care Early Warning System Given the Green Light

A CQUniversity research team has established that an early warning system (EWS), designed to support nurses and doctors to quickly identify when a patient’s condition is worsening and escalate care, does work when used correctly.

Researcher squatting in a crop holding a sweet potato

Commercialising Carbs has Sweet Benefits for All

Sweet potato is the most important vegetable crop in Papua New Guinea (PNG), however, over time it has become heavily infected with viral diseases, leaving many locals with low yields.

Mobility Scooter on the side of a road

World-First 3D Scanning Shows Best Approach for Mobility Aids

Imagine waiting at the bus stop, not knowing if you can board the next bus – or even the one after that. Mobility aids should allow greater freedom for a growing sector of the Australian community, but public transport access is still a gamble for thousands of users with restricted mobility.

Rescuing the Reef's Reputation

Preserving Reef Reputation as Coral Bleach Coverage hits

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.

Researcher holding a drone and its controller in a field

Drone surveillance a big brother for crop pests

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.