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Current research opportunities


USC want to hear your opinion!

We use an ePortfolio system across various health degrees. ePortfolios are online repositories to store important things like articles, assessments, reflections, SPEF-R feedback, and a CV, to help demonstrate professional competence.

We use an ePortfolio to help students build good habits for lifelong learning. During the degree it enables students to “know what they know, and how they know it”, as they complete their degree it helps them prepare for the job-seeking process, and sets them up with good habits such as writing an annual CPD plan and storing evidence of CPD (e.g. for AHPRA audit or for applying for future jobs).

We are conducting research with our Industry partners (in 10 disciplines) to find out what they believe should be included in each section of an ePortfolio for a student entering practice as a new graduate. We have aligned the surveys with individual health competencies, and invite you to tell us what USC health students could include in an ePortfolio to demonstrate readiness for practice.

The surveys has been approved by the USC ethics committee (A181072), it is anonymous and will take approximately 15-20 minutes. You can go into the draw for a $50 gift voucher at the end of the survey if you choose. If you would like to know more or would like the research information sheet contact Anita Hamilton on Phone: (07) 5456 5959 or Email: ahamilt1@usc.edu.au. In addition, full details about the research are provided on the first page of each survey.

Please click on the highlight wording that best represents your professional field:

  1. Dietetics
  2. Exercise Science
  3. Health Promotion
  4. Midwifery
  5. Nursing
  6. Nutritional Science
  7. Occupational therapy
  8. Paramedicine
  9. Prosthetics and Orthotics
  10. Social Work

Last updated – 28/09/2018

The Oral Ketamine Trial on Suicidality (OKTOS) study will include 25-50 participants in a pilot study, to be conducted over a 12-week period with sub anaesthetic doses of oral ketamine administered on six treatment days and is designed and undertaken to assess the effect of ketamine on adult participants experiencing chronic suicidality.

Last updated – 10/09/2018

Is changing partner-seeking and sexual behaviour contributing to increasing incidence of gonorrhoea in heterosexual men and women?  Research is being planned to conduct anonymous in-depth interviews with women recently diagnosed with gonorrhoea.  Seeking expressions of interest from GPs and sexual health practitioners in South East Queensland to provide research flyers to eligible patients.  (University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee Approval: 2018001042).

If interested or for further information please contact Research Assistant, Rachael Brennan at r.brennan@uq.edu.au or Principal Investigator, Associate Professor Linda Selvey, l.selvey@uq.edu.au.

Last updated – 07/09/2018

Clinical trials are safe, ethical medical research studies that aim to find a better way to manage particular diseases. In partnership with medical experts and industry, we are working with our communities to advance healthcare outcomes and improve access to cutting-edge medicine.

Click here to find out more, join a trial, refer a patient or become an investigator.

Last updated – 21/08/2018

Join a USC and Bond University research team to address high rates of antibiotic prescribing for respiratory infections in general practice and participate in a randomised control trial to evaluate the evidence based strategy of delayed prescribing. The intervention group is encouraged to use a website designed by GPs for GPs and has a patient resource to print and share. Please contact lsargent@usc.edu.au to sign up.

Last updated – 20/08/2018