The UQRCS Research Centre undertakes and facilitates medical and health-related research specific to regional, rural and remote communities.

The Research Centre supports UQRCS staff and students, as well as affiliated clinicians and other stakeholders. Assistance can be provided with the design and conduct of original research, or linkage into an established project. UQRCS is a strong performer in terms of research impact and output, with more than 150 studies undertaken to date.

The Research Centre focuses on seven key areas of research. These are:

Clinical studies

Clinical studies investigate the safety and effectiveness of medications, devices, procedures, and treatments for human use. Projects include: 

  • Randomised Trial of Genetic Testing and Targeted Zoledronic Acid Therapy to Prevent SQSTM1 Mediated Paget's Disease (ZiPP)
  • Development and validation of risk prediction calculators
  • Outcomes in gynaecological oncology
  • The association of internet and social media use with adolescent presentations to mental health services
  • Testing the effectiveness of Modification of Medical Emergency Team (MET) activation criteria
  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy versus upfront surgery for advanced ovarian cancer
  • Hi-flow nasal cannulation (HFNC) in children with respiratory distress
  • Comorbidities among patients with mental illness
  • Emergency department presentations

Health education studies

Health education studies investigate the effect of current and novel approaches to preparing medical students for medical practice, including assessment strategies and program outcomes.

  • Preparation for internship focusing on the non-clinical skills that interns require
  • Interprofessional education/training

Health services studies

Health services studies investigate social, logistical and financial factors affecting accessibility and cost of health care services, and outcomes for service users. Projects include:

  • Therapeutic Venesection in Rural Areas
  • Health service provider perceptions of service coordination
  • Retrospective audit of rural hospital transfers to Toowoomba Hospital
  • Cattle related trauma in Central Queensland
  • A multi-disciplinary investigation of innovative health service redesign instigated by a local Hospital and Health Service Board, and its impact on rural and remote communities

Health workforce studies

Health workforce studies investigate educational, organisational, individual and policy factors influencing uptake, distribution and retention in the health workforce. Projects include:

  • Characterising the medical workforce in regional, rural and remote areas
  • Factors that influence rural medical practice uptake and retention, particularly for UQ medical students
  • Longitudinal observations of doctors in rural areas (MABEL study)
  • Evaluating rural health workforce policy
  • Mobility and migration behaviour of doctors
  • Understanding the role of social networks and connectedness in regional training
  • Strengthening rural pathway / pipeline training outcomes
  • Understanding determinants of workforce distribution
  • Evaluating rural training program components

Indigenous health studies

Indigenous health studies investigate health related issues identified as important/relevant by and for local Indigenous communities. Projects include: 

  • Development of an Indigenous suicide prevention training program
  • Use of social network analysis as an evaluation tool, including determining the effectiveness of an App to support suicide interventions
  • Validation of a structured clinical tool (SCID-I) to determine the prevalence of Indigenous mental disorders
  • Development of immunisation scheduling programs for Indigenous children (<5)
  • Development of otitis media vaccinations for Indigenous populations
  • Developing a quality of life tool to measure wellbeing of Indigenous parents/caregivers and youth
  • Determining the incidence of acute respiratory infections in Indigenous children and evaluating early intervention for chronic cough in Indigenous children
  • Global Alliance Development Chronic Disease (GACD): Indigenous mental health model of care using transdiagnostic cognitive behavoural therapy and traditional healing practices
  • Development of guidelines for the use of genome studies in Indigenous health research

Population studies

Population studies investigate the determinants of health and disease within a defined population. Projects include:

  • Rural-urban differences in health literacy
  • Responsibility for health literacy; agency and capacity
  • Healthcare delivery setting effects on health literacy
  • Emergency medicine including management of upper respiratory tract infections in small rural hospitals and health literacy in emergency departments
  • General practitioners knowledge about Q fever at a time when the epidemiology for the disease may be changing
  • Developing and validating measures of patient reported outcomes

Technology and health studies

Technology and health studies investigate the development and implementation of new technologies in the delivery of health services. Projects include: 

  • Web based prediction calculators in clinical medicine

Our research team has a range of research experience and skills. If you are interested in working with us, please contact us using the online form.

The RCS Research Centre is a strong performer in terms of research impact and output.

View a full list of our publications.


Please note that a request for assistance with a proposed study will require submission of a completed proposal with the contact form. You may use the RCS Research Proposal Template and Guideline for this purpose. You will also be required to demonstrate that your proposed study meets the criteria for assistance. You may complete the form offline and copy the information into the electronic form for submission.

The Research Centre receives many requests for assistance. To assist in streamlining the process we request you submit details using our online form in the first instance.

Please note that a request for assistance with a proposed study will require submission of a completed proposal with the contact form. Templates and guidelines are available in the Resources section.

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