The Rural Clinical School Research Centre is the research arm of the UQ Rural Clinical School. The Research Centre undertakes and facilitates medical and health-related research specific to regional, rural and remote areas. The Centre provides research support to RCS staff and students, clinicians and other stakeholders working in regional and remote areas who have an affiliation with UQRCS. Assistance can be provided with the design and conduct of original research, or linkage into an established project.

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

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 medical transfers from small rural hospitals; and management of upper respiratory tract infections in small rural hospitals
  • 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

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
  • Outcomes in Transfer of Trauma Patients for Neuroimaging to Toowoomba Hospital Emergency Department
  • The association of internet and social media use with adolescent presentations to mental health services
  • Association of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) and Myeloma
  • A descriptive analysis of consumers admitted to an acute older persons mental health unit in a rural and regional setting
  • 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
  • Role of adjuvant radiotherapy in node-negative intermediate and high risk endometrial cancer

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

Health education/workforce studies

Health education/workforce studies investigate the factors influencing uptake and retention in the health workforce. Projects include: 

  • Factors that influence rural medical practice, particularly for UQ medical students
  • The role of medical student contact time with registrars during medical training on the field of medicine that students choose to specialize in
  • Preparation for internship focusing on the non-clinical skills that interns require
  • Assessment of learning in medical school; including examiner calibration of OSCEs and the assessment of learning in the MiS rotation

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 literacy in pharmacy- a review
  • Health service provider perceptions of service coordination
  • Retrospective audit of rural hospital transfers to Toowoomba Hospital
  • Late Preterm Infants Re-Hospitalisation Morbidity Study (LPREMS): An evaluation of the contribution of Late Preterm Infants to Extended Midwifery Services volume of clients in Queensland
  • 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 Needs Assessment – DDWMPHN
  • Morbidity and mortality among patients known to the mental health system
  • Medical workforce in regional, rural and remote areas

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

If you are interested in undertaking research in any of these areas, please contact us using the online form.

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. Since 2011 more than 140 studies have commenced, are in progress or have been completed.

RCS Core Researchers Output 2012-2018

RCS Core Researchers Output 2012-2018
RCS Research Performance 2012-2017, SciVal, 19 Februrary 2018.

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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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