| Telehealth - Prof Raj Gururajan|
USQ is renowned for its excellence in applied research in partnership with industry, government and the wider community.
Industry and community collaboration case studies
Professor Raj Gururajan, a researcher within the Faculty of Business and Law at the USQ, is working to develop Information and Communication technologies for healthcare providers. His current research is providing solution in the domain remote health to reduce travel costs as Health departments spend a significant amount of money each year to support remote patients travelling to major centres for routine checks or assessments prior to surgery.
His research in developing the next generation Digital Stethoscope offers an alternative to a significant amount of travel for remote patients. It will enable real-time interaction between remote patients and their specialist, incidental learning by remotely located health workers, minimises the disruption to patients and makes better use of medical professionals’ time. This research has been funded by the Australian Research Council and Queensland Statewide Telehealth Systems ($1.2M). Professor Gururajan is collaborating with various industries, universities and hospitals both here in Australia and overseas (India, Malaysia and China) to further develop and evaluate the use of this technology in remote areas of Australia and India.
Professor Gururajan’s work is expected to culminate in patients being able to perform routine checks and pre-surgery assessments via remote systems with specialists and medical professionals in the comfort of their very own home.
Impact of CSG operations in the Surat Basin
Surat Basin - drill rig
Through its Surat Basin Engagement Project USQ is working in collaboration with the four major CSG companies operating in the Surat Basin (Arrow Energy Ltd, Origin Energy Ltd, QGC – a BG Group Company and Santos Ltd) identified that there was significant community concern regarding the cumulative groundwater impacts of CSG operations in this area. In an industry first, these companies agreed to pool their resources to review the approaches taken to the individual assessments, and provide a preliminary independent assessment of cumulative groundwater impacts associated with CSG operations.
USQ was commissioned in September 2010 to manage this study, with RPS Aquaterra engaged to undertake the independent assessment of cumulative impacts, based on information from published impact assessment reports and other information made available to USQ and RPS Aquaterra by the four CSG companies to undertake the study. The overarching aim was to collate and present the existing groundwater modelling data to provide both the Government and the public with a greater level of understanding and confidence regarding the cumulative groundwater impacts from the development of CSG projects within the Surat Basin. This preliminary study was designed to provide a first estimate of impacts based on existing modelling.
The key objectives of this preliminary study were to:
- determine the groundwater areas expected to be impacted by depressurisation of the Walloon Coal Measures by the four major CSG company projects in the Surat Basin
- compile a package of information and data to be provided to the QWC to assist its modelling consultants in developing a regional groundwater model for the Surat Basin.
Integral to the second task was a comparison of the conceptual models used by the CSG companies, and presentation of recommended parameters and features for a regional model of the Surat Basin CSG developments which could be used to:
- describe the current extent of knowledge of the groundwater conditions in the Surat Basin
- incorporate existing groundwater uses, as well as the proposed large-scale CSG developments in the Basin
- represent the main hydrological processes, both natural and anthropogenic, to allow assessment of the impacts of all activities on the basin water resource
- provide a basis for the development of a regional groundwater model by the Queensland Water Commission (QWC), based on the best possible combination of industry experience and knowledge.