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Financial institutions ill-prepared for crises

Researchers at USQ’s Centre for Australian Financial Institutions (CAFI) have found that more than 30 percent of Australian financial institutions are not adequately prepared for a major disruption to their IT systems. Dr Sarath Delpachitra and Glen Van der Vyver said while 78% of Financial Institutions had a high level commitment to ... 02-Jun-2004 more

Mosquito age may hold key to malaria

Determining the age of female mosquitoes may be crucial to halting the spread of diseases like malaria, research by the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) has found. The recent study found the difference between a mosquito living for only one week, versus two to three weeks, means everything when it comes to transmission of ... 27-Jul-2004 more

Research unlocks factors for Indigenous end-of-life care

A new National Health and Medical Research Council report compiled with help from a CQU researcher unlocks key factors for Indigenous end-of-life health care. Dedicated health workers in Australia's remote communities are faced with the challenges of staff shortages, vast distances, and restricted resources, in their work providing end-of-life ... 27-Jul-2004 more

Queensland researcher nominated for Ig Nobel Prize

An entomologist from James Cook University has received the slightly dubious honour of being nominated for an Ig Nobel Prize. Dr Craig Williams, who works with mosquitoes at JCU in Cairns, was nominated as one of the authors of "A Survey of Frog Odorous Secretions, Their Possible Functions and Phylogenetic Significance". His co-authors were ... 12-Aug-2004 more

Economic burden of low back pain tops $9billion

Nearly 80 per cent of all Australians will suffer low back pain at some point in their lives at a national cost of $9.17 billion annually, a Queensland researcher has found. James Cook University School of Medicine Adjunct Senior Lecturer Dr Bruce Walker said the direct cost of low back pain (LBP) including chiropractors, general practitioners, ... 02-Sep-2004 more

Purchasing fraud likely worse than envisaged - says expert

A recent highly-publicised incident where contracting staff at the Victoria University of Technology were involved in a major scam is likely to be only the tip of the iceberg, according to CQU purchasing expert Ken Dooley. Mr Dooley said this incident possibly only attracted attention because of the involvement of key sporting figures. ... 08-Sep-2004 more

Research links Ecstasy use and memory deficits

The 'party drug' Ecstasy does affect the memory of people who take it, especially in high-pressure situations, according to a new study by ANU Clinical Psychology PhD student John Brown. The study is the first in Australia to examine the effects of Ecstasy on memory using advanced cognitive psychology research techniques. While there is a ... 03-Oct-2004 more

Flying high without a pilot

AN Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) developed at QUT will be able to be monitored by Brisbane Air Traffic Control in Queensland skies for the first time ever by the end of the year. QUT has been given permission to fly the UAV at up to 2,500 feet by the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority in what is considered a major step towards aircraft without ... 08-Oct-2004 more

Stress and genetics increase risk of addiction

New research has found extreme stress can trigger a gene that makes it harder for people to resist alcohol and drugs in social situations. The research has discovered that people who have the gene and are exposed to stressful situations, particularly as teenagers or young adults, are at a high risk of becoming alcoholics, addictive smokers or ... 12-Oct-2004 more

Skin cancer deaths preventable -- shade researcher

Most of Australia's 1,000 annual skin cancer deaths could be prevented by improving shade structures, a USQ researcher says. PhD student in USQ's Centre for Astronomy, Solar Radiation and Climate, David Turnbull, has been researching local council shade structures used since 2002. "Shade structures are not built effectively," Mr Turnbull ... 13-Oct-2004 more

Population researchers seek Central Queenslanders' help

The Population Research Laboratory based at CQU needs the community's help with its sixth annual Central Queensland Social Survey (CQSS). Staff from the Laboratory will this Friday (October 15) begin calling 1200 randomly selected households throughout Central Queensland to ascertain attitudes towards issues such as health and ... 13-Oct-2004 more

Anorexia Nervosa: the truth behind the myth

A JCU professor will uncover some of the myths about the causes, frequency and treatments of people with anorexia nervosa in a professorial lecture today. JCU Professor Phillipa Hay will address questions about the anorexia "epidemic" in a lecture aimed to provide a broader and deeper understanding of anorexia nervosa and other eating ... 13-Oct-2004 more

New satellite study may help make food tastier

If a tastier pasta and egg noodle with optimum protein levels sounds appealing, take heart. A new study into the use of satellite and aerial imagery to map yield and protein of grain crops could help make your evening meal more enjoyable and nutritious. A joint research partnership between USQ and the Department of Primary Industries and ... 20-Oct-2004 more

Expert calls for congestion tolls

Congestion tolls need to be introduced as part of a broader integrated transport strategy, in the wake of the (27/10/04) release of the "South-East Queensland Regional Plan", according to a QUT transport expert. Professor Luis Ferreira said transport was integral to the success of the "long overdue" regional plan which outlines urban development ... 28-Oct-2004 more

It's time for crime to pay: expert

A new criminal justice system forcing low-level offenders to pay HECS-style loans as a penalty for their misdemeanours would help rehabilitation and justice administration, according to an ANU expert. Economist Professor Bruce Chapman told a major symposium on tax reform that Australian governments should consider imposing HECS-style ... 09-Nov-2004 more

HIV drugs may also protect against malaria

Scientists from The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) have found that a group of HIV-1 drugs known as protease inhibitors may also be effective for treating or preventing malaria. The study, published in the December 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, found that these drugs inhibited the growth of Plasmodium ... 11-Nov-2004 more

Tree cover may offer cyclone protection

The right kind of tree cover may lessen the damage inflicted by cyclones upon the family home according to the initial findings of research being undertaken by a Charles Darwin University PhD student. Frank van der Sommen's study, "Trees, houses and cyclones: some lessons from Cyclone Tracy", focuses on landscape processes affecting houses and ... 14-Nov-2004 more

QIMR combats Asian cancer

The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) is undertaking a world-first project to defeat one of the most common cancer killers of people of Chinese and Taiwanese descent. Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC) - also known as Guangdong Cancer - is a virulent cancer of the nose and throat and one which is often difficult to treat effectively. ... 17-Nov-2004 more

Studies tackle Indigenous gambling and culture

Two Research Fellows from Charles Darwin University have been awarded $300,000 in Australian Research Council grants to investigate the impacts of gambling and cultural change on Indigenous communities. Human geographer Dr Martin Young and the Northern Territory Department of Treasury will lead a three-year $87,444 project into the impacts of ... 19-Nov-2004 more

CQU program aims to get people walking

It's never too late to start being more active, and CQU and Rockhampton City Council have just made it much easier to get in the habit. The RCC and CQU have unveilled eight special 10,000 steps routes around Rockhampton to encourage residents to get walking. "Every Step Counts" is a series of measured and marked walking routes with attractive ... 19-Nov-2004 more

International home renovation expert visits Brisbane

Britain's hippest interior design mogul will visit Brisbane in December as a guest of QUT to talk about her rise from rags to riches and the development of her home renovation lifestyle brand. Anne McKevitt is a household name in the UK and has built a career based on interior design, home renovation TV shows and budget books, and a line of ... 21-Nov-2004 more

Community in danger from poor prisoner release policies

Mismanagement of the release of prisoners from Queensland jails is driving high rates of re-offending and putting the community in danger, according to QUT research. An extensive independent audit on prisoner release strategies conducted for the Uniting Care Centre for Social Justice and prisons specialist groups shows that Queensland's ... 22-Nov-2004 more

Experts warn against swimming at 'dangerous' A-Bay

Experts from Surf Life Saving Queensland have renewed warnings against swimming at Noosa's Alexandria Bay following the recent drowning death of a 12-year-old at the unpatrolled beach. Surf Life Saving Queensland Operations Manager Peter Dawes said SLSQ categorised the area as "high risk" because it had dangerous and high surf, rocky headlands, ... 22-Nov-2004 more

Researcher shines positive light on UV

"SLIP, slop, slap" has justifiably become a mantra in Australia but the sun's significant health benefits may have been dimininished by reducing our amount of contact with it. Dr Michael Kimlin emphasised he did not want the public to spend extra time exposed to sunlight but said while it posed skin cancer dangers, ultraviolet light was needed ... 26-Nov-2004 more

DNA's on and off switch a clue to cancer

ANU researchers have discovered how certain genetic information on a chromosome is able to turn on and off depending on its role in the body, with important ramifications for research into diseases such as cancer. In malignant cancer, chromosomes become highly unstable and break, rearrange or disappear. “This fundamental research in the test ... 27-Nov-2004 more

Conference to build stronger communities

Up to 100 government, business, academic and community representatives from around the state will meet in Rockhampton on Thursday (December 2) to work on building a stronger, more independent Central Queensland. Delegates to the first Sustainable Regional Development symposium, to be hosted by Central Queensland University, and in conjunction ... 30-Nov-2004 more

'Mr Condom' continues fight to stop spread of HIV

One of the world's most famous HIV/AIDS prevention activists, Dr Mechai Viravaidya, popularly known as "Mr Condom", will be a guest speaker at QUT on Wednesday (December 1) to mark World AIDS Day. The focus of this year's World Aids Day will be on the devastating affect of the disease on women with young females now representing the majority of ... 30-Nov-2004 more

National Surf Safety report released

Surf Life Saving Australia today released the National Surf Safety report for the 2003-2004 season (last season), showing 40 people drowned on Australia's beaches. Of those, seven people drowned off the coastline of Queensland. The key national findings included: • No coastal drownings occurred between the red and yellow flags • There ... 30-Nov-2004 more

IT shortage bites in the NT

The Northern Territory is likely to face a significant shortage of skilled information technology graduates within the next three years according to industry experts. "Nationally, the IT sector is screaming out for skilled people at a time when there has been a huge reduction in student applications for university IT places," Head ... 01-Dec-2004 more

Internet use can lead to fitness -- research

People using the internet to participate in fitness programs were just as successful as those using face-to-face training, a new study has found. The findings were released by Central Queensland University PhD student Rebekah Steele, who compared traditional and online fitness approaches via the Health-eSteps program. Ms Steele found that ... 01-Dec-2004 more

Research to revolutionise schizophrenia treatments

Results of new genetic research are set to revolutionise the treatment of schizophrenia, reducing severe side effects for many of the quarter of a million Australians suffering the illness. Head of QUT's School of Psychology and Counselling Professor Ross Young said many people currently stopped taking their medication because of the severe side ... 02-Dec-2004 more

Brisbane pedestrians face a losing battle with the "little red man"

Feeling frustrated every time you try to cross a busy road in the summer heat? According to QUT urban design expert Dr Danny O'Hare, you're not alone. Dr O'Hare has called for a re-think of Brisbane intersection design, saying walkers face a losing battle every time they encounter the "little red man" at traffic light intersections. He ... 06-Dec-2004 more

Vegetation study aims to solve bushfire problem

A study of vegetation types and their responses to fire by a team of researchers at USQ will make a major contribution to understanding and management of bushfires. The Faculty of Engineering and Surveying’s Dr Sunil Bhaskaran and visiting research fellow Dr Michiru Miyamoto have teamed up with Japan’s National Institute of Environmental ... 06-Dec-2004 more

Women make better jurors -- research

Women make more informed decisions when deliberating on a jury, a new study by a CQU researcher has found. The study, supervised by Dr Lynne ForsterLee, Head of the School of Psychology and Sociology, examined the effects of juror gender, note-taking, eyewitness confidence, and need for cognition on verdict decisions and recall. After viewing ... 08-Dec-2004 more

Christmas warning to young drivers

Each year the arrival of Schoolies celebrations and the lead-up to Christmas heralds a rush on driving lessons for teenagers eager to get their licence and hit the road. But the dash for licences also brings tragedy as more young drivers are killed at the end of the year than at any other time. Figures compiled by the Australian ... 11-Dec-2004 more

Racial tension mounting in Australia -- anti-discrimination expert

Frustration and alienation that some indigenous people feel towards the government is mounting according to Queensland's top spokesperson on discrimination matters, who spoke at Central Queensland University Rockhampton (CQU) Friday. Anti-discrimination commissioner for Queensland Susan Booth focused on education, health and community issues in ... 12-Dec-2004 more

Expert backs child abuse summit

A leading James Cook University child protection expert has thrown her support behind urgent calls for a national summit on child abuse. Senior Lecturer at JCU's School of Social Work and Community Welfare, and Academic Representative for the former Queensland Ministerial Child Protection Council, Dr Jane Thomson today backed NSW Police ... 14-Dec-2004 more

Mental health is no grey matter

ANU researchers studying mental health have revealed that a host of factors throughout a person's life contribute to their mental wellbeing. “Even before you are born, a whole host of factors are present which have implications for your mental health for the rest of your life," said researcher Helen Berry. "By identifying those factors, and ... 16-Dec-2004 more

Study finds deadly jellyfish asleep on the job

Researchers at James Cook University in Cairns have discovered that the deadly box jellyfish, Chironex fleckeri, quits work at around 3.00 pm and spends its afternoons and evenings napping on the ocean floor. In a world-first, Dr Jamie Seymour and research officer Teresa Carrette attached transmitters to box jellyfish and tracked their ... 16-Dec-2004 more

Asia faces environmental crisis: experts

Southeast Asia is facing a crisis in biodiversity, according to new research by Charles Darwin and Singapore University experts. Navot Sodhi and colleagues including Charles Darwin University’s Dr Barry Brook, warn in the current issue of "Trends in Ecology and Evolution" that if the present levels of deforestation continue, Southeast Asia ... 16-Dec-2004 more

Drivers warned to use the right 'fuel' for long trips

Holiday drivers can help reduce travel stress and accidents by watching how they "fuel" themselves for journeys, according to a leading road safety expert. Holden Performance Driving Centre general manager Russell White said families travelling on holidays and professional drivers had a number of things in common – and not all of them are ... 26-Dec-2004 more

Expert alert: earthquake experts

Journalists requiring earthquake experts to comment on the unfolding earthquake/tsunami story may wish to contact the following Australian earthquake/seismology experts: Dr Gary Huftile Queensland University of Technology Expertise: Earthquakes Phone: 07 3864 4470 After hours: 07 3202 9337 Professor Brian L N Kennett Australian ... 27-Dec-2004 more

Breaking news: Economic/political impact of tsunami disaster

Journalists requiring experts to comment on the effect of the earthquake/tsunami disaster on the people and economies of countries in south-east Asia may wish to contact the following Australian experts: SOUTH-EAST ASIAN ECONOMICS Professor Hal Hill Australian National University Southeast Asian Economy Program Expertise: Indonesian ... 28-Dec-2004 more

Expert alert: Refugee/resettlement experts

Journalists requiring experts to comment on the humanitarian/refugee situation following the earthquake and tsunami disaster may wish to contact the following Australian experts: Mr Ross Daniels Queensland University of Technology School of Humanities & Human Services Expertise: Human rights; Refugees; Welfare services Notes: Former ... 28-Dec-2004 more

Expert alert: Missing persons expert

Journalists needing a missing persons expert to comment on the search for survivors or victims of the tsunami disaster may wish to contact the following local expert: Alex Webley Private Investigator Find-A-Person Phone (business and a/hours): 0421 27 28 29 Mr Webley is able to comment on: * Using the Internet to make contacts on the ... 30-Dec-2004 more