CQUni seeks papers for health care symposium

The inaugural Wide Bay Health Symposium will be held in September.
The inaugural Wide Bay Health Symposium will be held in September.

CQUniversity is calling for research papers to be featured in presentations and workshops for the inaugural Wide Bay Health Symposium, Thinking Innovatively In Collaborative Health Care Practice.

Presented by CQUniversity’s Wide Bay and Burnett region and the CQU Noosa Institute, in collaboration with Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service, the symposium will be an opportunity to showcase and discuss innovative practices, technology and research with industry peers and leaders in the health care industry.

CQUniversity Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Sunshine Coast Region, Teressa Schmidt, said the symposium was a first for the university.

She said it was also fitting as the university was a driver in both health care innovation and industry research collaboration.

“We are very excited about bringing together some of the best ideas in collaborative health care practice in Australia and providing a platform for the industry to explore new ways to work together,” Ms Schmidt said.

Symposium organisers are currently seeking presentation topics from academics and industry professionals in the fields of healthy ageing, new ways of working in the sector, education of future healthcare workshop and self-care and resilience for health practitioners.

Special guest speakers

Keynote speakers for the symposium include MEDIFARM’s Founding Director, Adam Benjamin, who will discuss the organisation’s endeavour to successfully cultivate and produce medicinal cannabis for Australian patients.

Professor Desleigh Hegarty will speak about resilience for health practitioners and Dr Sarah Jay will present research on the effects of sleeplessness on safety and shift workers.

Other speakers include Kathy McKenzie from Fire-up Coaching, with an interactive and engaging educational session on “conversational intelligence”.

CQUniversity’s Associate Professor Michael Cowling will provide an opportunity for hands-on experiences using the immersive technologies of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

A particularly popular speaker is CQUniversity’s Professor Kerry Reid-Searl who will present an entertaining and enlightening keynote on her internationally renowned and award-winning simulation technology MASK-ED.

The symposium will be held on 18-19 September in Bundaberg.

For further details or to submit papers, visit the website www.cqu.edu.au and search for Wide Bay Health Symposium.