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Stochastic modelling for computational medicine

We are offering opportunities to conduct research into two areas of computational medicine:The stochastic mathematical modelling of individual level health behaviour decisions. This includes smoking, exercise and medical help, and their impact on long-term quality and length of life.The notion of conformational spread. This is a new model for how information might propagate stochastically though physical networks of biomolecules in order to produce coherent behaviour from apparently random processes with particular applications to brain signal generation and processing. …

Study level
Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

Designing mobile technology to engage people with diabetic foot ulcers in self-care

Every day in Australia, 50,000 people are suffering with a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU), 1,000 are in hospital because of DFU, 12 will undergo an amputation and four people will die with DFU. People with a DFU typically require frequent and intensive weekly treatment at a multi-disciplinary diabetic foot clinic to effectively heal their DFU over a period of multiple months, to avoid infection, hospitalisation and amputation. A key challenge to healing DFUs is effectively engaging people in their independent …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Social media / online communities and healthcare

How do online communities provide peer support for those with chronic illness, health conditions, or undergoing recovery from substance abuse?Platforms that connect networks together unleashing latent capacity are becoming commonplace. Examples of these include the personal transportation sector with Uber and the accomodation sector with AirBnB. These sectors are being reshaped by online communities providing peer-to-peer services and co-creating value.This research will investigate the role of online communities in providing peer-to-peer services in the healthcare context. …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

Partnering with Health Consumers: Conceptualizing and Measuring Health Engagement

In Australia healthcare facilities are required to ‘partner with consumers’ to improve service experiences. To meet this accreditation requirement, a new type of healthcare management professional, referred to as an engagement advisor, is emerging alongside existing patient advocates. As boundary spanners between healthcare facilities and consumers, the capabilities of health engagement professionals and their understanding of health engagement are critical to the success of consumer partnering.Commensurate with current healthcare engagement research, this study will gather data from consumers, healthcare staff …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

How can online communities improve children’s hospital experiences by reducing anxiety and isolation?

This VRES project will explore how Juiced TV can employ an online community to foster a sense of community in hospital patients and their families throughout regional hospitals in Queensland.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

Social media, online communities and healthcare

How do online communities provide peer support for those with chronic illness, health conditions, or undergoing recovery from substance abuse? Platforms that connect networks together unleashing latent capacity are becoming commonplace. Examples of these include the personal transportation sector with Uber and the accommodation sector with AirBnB. These sectors are being reshaped by online communities providing peer-to-peer services and co-creating value. This research will investigate the role of online communities in providing peer-to-peer services in the healthcare context.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

Improving mental health and safety in the construction industry

Construction workers are more susceptible to suicide than non-construction workers in Australia.Statistics shows that the average suicide rate per 100,000 people between 2001 and 2013 for male construction workers was 24.6 compared to 13.4 non-construction workers. Only limited research has been done on this area.Dr Carol Hon has been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Discovery for Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to investigate this research area (2019-2022).Students joining her research team will be given exciting research training and …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Consumer loneliness: How does it affect choice and loyalty?

Despite the popularity of social networks and technologies that intend to enhance social interaction, more consumers feel lonely now than before (Wang, Zhu & Shiv, 2013). Little is known about how increasingly lonely consumers make decisions in the marketplace.Might experiences in the marketplace influence our feelings of loneliness or loyalty to brands? Answering this question requires insights from literature on loneliness and consumer behaviour (Wang, Zhu & Shiv, 2013) as well as more general insights about consumer decision-making (Chernev, Böckenholt …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Building healthy esports communities

The number of competitive games has been increasing more than ever in recent years. Popularization of esports might have contributed to this surge with organized championship events and large audiences. A majority of esports games require cooperation with teammates while competing against another team. While competition is enjoyable to many players, it can also lead to negative behaviors, also known as toxic behaviors. In fact, many esports communities are known to be toxic, especially towards minorities.This project will:investigate current game …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Structural health monitoring: Cooling towers

Most of our infrastructure is built to last a long time. But during their service lives, they may experience distress due to structural deterioration, environmental effects, random actions such as impacts and seismic activity and change in loading.Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) has emerged as an appropriate technique to monitor the health of our infrastructure and detect damage at its on-set. SHM is particularly appropriate for large structures such as bridges, dams and cooling towers in which some parts of the …

Study level
Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Managing risk in healthcare programs

This study focuses on how executive teams manage risk in complex projects with a hospital environment. A multi-method study is used to identify effective and non effective projects for case analysis with observations of team meetings and interviews with decision-makers.

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Management

Effectiveness of wearable technology in corporate wellness programs

Activity trackers such as Fitbit have become popular with millions of people worldwide. According to recent news, manufacturers of wearable health technology have targeted corporate wellness programs. For example, Fitbit added 1,000 new enterprise customers to its corporate wellness platform in Q4 of 2015. Unit orders from enterprise customers can range from 500 for small and medium companies up to the U.S. retailer Target buying devices for all of its 330,000 employees. The focus of this research is to investigate …

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

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