We have a number of research projects in progress.
To find out more about our program research, go to wellnessresearch.org.au
A study improving the health and wellbeing of women after treatment for gynaecological cancer.
ACUMEN is a 12 week exercise training program where participants will be supervised by an accredited exercise physiologist or will receive guidelines on undertaking exercise following cancer. The study will help us to determine if exercise has a positive effect on recovery following treatment.
This study is led by principal investigator, Professor Sandie McCarthy (pictured above left), from the UQ School of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work and Mater Research Institute, University of Queensland.
Please contact the ACUMEN research team on ACUMEN@uq.edu.au for further information
GroWell is an 8 week lifestyle intervention for both men and women, under the leadership of Dr Amanda McGuire (pictured).
The idea for this program came from our concern about the number of people developing diseases like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and the increasing rates of obesity in our community. The reality is these illnesses are largely preventable, and our goal is to support you to change your lifestyle to reduce the risk of disease developing.
Being healthy includes more than just optimal physical health. There are other aspects to health such as mental health and well-being, managing stress, sleeping well, and having good social support. While this program will focus mainly on physical activity and healthy eating, it will also address issues such as mental well-being, sleep and healthy lifestyle habits.
There is so much information available about the latest exercise regime or diet, it can get very confusing and overwhelming knowing what to do. This program aims to bring reliable, research based health information into a structured 8 week program.
We want to inspire and support you to make positive changes to improve your lifestyle and health. Enjoy the program and we wish you perseverance and success as you grow towards better health over the next 8 weeks, and into the future.
For more information contact Amanda at Growell, email email@example.com
Research has revealed that certain lifestyle factors and health behaviours can have a positive impact upon quality of life, chronic disease factors and other health related conditions for women with premenstrual syndrome(PMS)
This study is led By Professor Debra Anderson with PhD student Gayatri Marwah (pictured).
Gayatri is a PhD candidate at Griffith University working on multi modal behavioural program for management of Premenstrual Syndrome and functional health and wellbeing in University students under the supervision of Prof. Debra Anderson, Dr Charrlotte Seib. Dr Katina Corones-Watkins and Dr Janine.Porter-Steele. She has completed her degree in Master of Public health through Griffith University.
Gayatri is an Ayurvedic Doctor (ancient Indian medicine) practicing in Brisbane since the last 4 years. She completed her BAMS degree (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) from India and has been working in a clinical environment since then. She is also a registered yoga and meditation teacher.
Her publications include, Effects of Probiotics on Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Sepsis, Intraventricular Hemorrhage, Mortality, Length of Hospital Stay, and Weight Gain in Very
Preterm Infants: A Meta-Analysis.
The 12 week program that Gayatri is working with aims to promote wellness among young women who are studying at University and suffer from PMS.
The study is currently recruiting participants.
Being diagnosed and treated for gynaecological cancer is a major life stressor associated with a range of psychological and physical challenges. Timely and evidence-based intervention is important in assistant women to respond effectively to these challenges.
ENTWINE: provides a framework for health care professionals to assist in identifying and responding to distress in women with gynaecological cancer. It brings together the literature on psychological responses to cancer; the main sources of distress reported by women with gynaecological cancer with an emphasis on sexuality concerns; the importance of screening for distress; effective psychological interventions for women with gynaecological cancer; and a tiered model of care to help direct a focused and well-targeted response.
Led By Dr Charrlotte Seib (above)and her team this unique research is using a gynaecological distress screening tool to help health care professionals clearly identify and support women who are experiencing gynaecological cancer related stressors. This research program is being trialled in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
The Pasifika Women’s Diabetes Wellness Program (PWDWP) was developed together with the Pasifika women with type 2 diabetes living in Queensland. The PWDWP is a 12-week e-health promotion and lifestyle education intervention delivered by a trained community nurse or diabetes educator. It is family centred and culturally adapted from the Women’s Wellness with Type 2 Diabetes Program (WWWT2DP) to meet the needs and cultural preferences of the Māori and Pasifika women living in Australia. Framed from Pacific Health Models, it focuses on ‘Wellness’ with the emphasis on family, culture, collectiveness and spiritually in promoting the health and wellbeing of API women with type 2 diabetes.
The intervention is designed to improve diabetes health outcomes, reduce late hospital presentations and associated costs from diabetes-related complications. The intervention will specifically target health behaviours including physical activity, healthy eating, sleep, stress, self-management and preventive health-screening behaviours. PWDWP provides learning and self-efficacy tools to help develop and maintain a heathy lifestyle while living with type 2 diabetes. It uses an online interactive platform with user friendly diabetes self-management tools including e-learning educational resources including a hard copy or interactive electronic journal, and interactive website with online ‘community’ chat or discussion forum and tailored cultural resources on diabetes, treatment and management, to encourage and promote wellness and overcome barriers or challenges to diabetes self-management.
The PWDWP can be delivered virtually which utilises internet-connected consumer electronic devices that are in common use in Australian households. Using a hard copy or interactive journal, participants work through a flexible program, supported online by community nurse/diabetes educators as well as through peer support and face-to-face interactive sessions in community and family settings. The benefit of this program is reflected in the development of a culturally tailored program using culturally appropriate methodology and community approaches, specifically with and for Pasifika women with type 2 diabetes that promotes sustainability.
This program is currently in research and development. To register your interest and be notified of the program start date, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org