Current research

Current research

A list of current research being undertaken by the College of Medicine or in partnership from our online research system managing project grants, a database of research opportunities and a database of current research projects.

To access and search the data directly visit the CMD research administrative system website.

Current research

Project evaluating the feasibility of a perineal measuring device, the Episiometer, used to measure the incision (episiotomy) sometimes made at the height of labour. The primary outcomes are to determine whether the Episiometer is a helpful tool for clinicians performing episiotomies and whether the Episiometer is conducive to protective outcomes. Updated - 17 Jun 2018.
Contact person: Brittany Van Der Lugt, MBBS Student
Classification of shoulder fractures has poor reliability. This study will investigate if 3D printing can improve the reliability in comparison to current imaging methods. To do this specialist doctors will classify 30 fractures according to their level of complication, by look at a 3D model, 2D CT scan, 3D CT scan and x-rays of each fracture. Updated - 14 Jun 2018.
Contact person: Hannah Bougher, Medicine
This study aims to investigate and compare sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) and biofeedback (BF) as management options of faecal incontinence (FI) in relation to quality of life (QoL) outcomes. Updated - 14 Jun 2018.
Contact person: Chloe Mckenna, The Townsville Hospital
In December 2017 the government renewed the National Cervical Cancer Screening Program. This project will attempt to gauge the understanding and knowledge of cervical cancer screening of female patients from selected Mackay general practices. Updated - 12 Jun 2018.
Contact person: Archana Nagendiram, College of Medicine and Dentistry
This study uses questionnaires and practical CPR skill assessments to: 1. Explore relationships between laypeople’s CPR skills, confidence in performing CPR, willingness to perform CPR, CPR training history and knowledge of the correct way to perform CPR 2. Describe the overall ability of adults in Townsville to perform high-quality CPR Updated - 04 Jun 2018.
Contact person: Matthew Riggs, James Cook University
Women with diabetes in pregnancy are routinely tested in Far North Queensland for low serum vitamin D levels, following the results of a recent study which revealed around 20% of such women had either insufficient or deficient levels of vitamin D. A chart audit will be conducted to assess the appropriateness of vitamin D supplementation. Updated - 31 May 2018.
Contact person: Sigrid Theodore, James Cook University
A retrospective study focused on the whole spectrum of airway foreign body inhalation (AFBI) in children, with special emphasis on indications for bronchoscopy, technical aspects, and predictors of morbidity and mortality. Updated - 10 May 2018.
Contact person: Lua Saylany, College of Medicine and Dentistry
Increasingly we are understanding that the antenatal period plays a significant role in the development of obesity in children and hence future generations. This project aims to explore the perceptions held by general practitioners regarding the causes of obesity, successful interventions, and the role of health professionals. Updated - 10 May 2018.
Contact person: Lynne Reid, Medicine
This project assesses medical student preparedness for end of life care and potential interventions to improve educational outcomes. The project would look at the changing level of knowledge and skills that medical students develop. Focus groups and surveys will be used to explore the range of relevant issues across year levels. Updated - 06 May 2018.
Contact person: Aran Sandrasegaran, James Cook University
Some students struggle with online study, particularly those not comfortable with technology. Other challenges students face when studying off-campus include staying organised, the focus on self-directed learning, advanced writing skill requirements, and feelings of isolation. This research will help prepare students for online courses. Updated - 23 Apr 2018.
Contact person: Liz Ware, JCU - College of Medicine and Dentistry, Mackay, QLD

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