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.

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Current research

This project aims to investigate the factors that allow Indigenous primary health care services to improve their quality of care. Working with 6 high improving services who have improved performance over several areas we will explore the secrets of their success and how these might apply with services in other contexts. Funder: NHMRC AUS Updated - 19 Apr 2019.
Contact person: Sarah Larkins, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University
In 1975, Hampton and colleagues elucidated that history alone is sufficient for diagnosing patients in 80% of instances. Is this still true with the advent of technology? What is the relative importance of diagnostic tools in the emergency department, and is there a correlation between triage level and diagnostic tool of choice in the ED? Updated - 17 Apr 2019.
Contact person: Kamatchi Karnaneedi, JCU MBBS, Cairns campus
Braces work by placing force upon a tooth in a prescribed direction. This results in ligamental trauma causing inflammation. This inflammation can cause irreversible resorption of the tooth root unless it is controlled by the orthodontist. This study seeks to determine the method most used by orthodontists to control root resorption during braces. Updated - 16 Apr 2019.
Contact person: Scott D Currell, College of Medicine and Dentistry
Airway foreign body inhalation (AFBI) is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition in the paediatric age group. This study aims to identify the risk factors, morbidity, and mortality associated with AFBI. These findings may then provide information that will improve outcomes for children undergoing bronchoscopy for suspected AFBI. Updated - 16 Apr 2019.
Contact person: Lua Saylany, College of Medicine and Dentistry
This study aims to compare the post-surgical outcomes of pituitary adenoma resections from patients in regional North Queensland to those in urban Southern Queensland, as well as to results from international centres. These findings may help to guide possible changes to optimise the current treatment pathway for patients in regional centres. Updated - 16 Apr 2019.
Contact person: Aakanksha Desai, Year 4 Medical Student, JCU Cairns
This project will explore the potential benefit of lowering cholesterol in patients with peripheral artery disease. Updated - 15 Apr 2019.
Contact person: Domenico Nastasi, James Cook University
This project aims to identify ways which we can improve health service delivery for newly-arrived refugees in North Queensland. Refugees are an underserved population with various structural, organisational and individuals factors influencing this. We will examine ways which this can be improved and propose a new model of health service delivery. Updated - 15 Apr 2019.
Contact person: MICHAEL AU, Cairns Clinical School, College of Medicine and Dentistry
Onset of menarche (first menstruation) is traumatic for many young girls due to unpreparedness. My Grounded Theory study on the experiences of young girls at menarche in Papua New Guinea found significant trauma due to pre-menarche preparedness. These experiences are deeply rooted in socio-cultural beliefs and practices around menstrual blood. Updated - 15 Apr 2019.
Contact person: Elizabeth Gumbaketi, Cairns Clinical School, James Cook University
This project aims to investigate the effects of continued smoking in head and neck cancer patients who are undergoing curative treatment. Smoking cessation rates will also be investigated, as well as patient´s attitudes and barriers to quitting. Updated - 15 Apr 2019.
Contact person: Justin Smith, School of Medicine & Dentistry
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 - 10 Apr 2019.
Contact person: Archana Nagendiram, College of Medicine and Dentistry

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