JCU Mackay media honours student takes out award for research

Congratulations to JCU Mackay medical honours student Jordan Casey, who has won a JCU-wide competition ‘so you think you can research’ at the JCU science research festival in Townsville last week.

The event included talks, poster presentations and trade displays. Jordan’s project Diabetic women’s perspectives of collecting colostrum in pregnancy for neonatal hypoglycaemia: a semi-structured interview study was supervised by MIRI professorial advisor Dr Clare Heal & MBH Clinical Director of O&G Dr Kathleen Braniff.

Jordan took out the ‘So you think you can research’ oral presentation Honours student winner award judged by Prof. Maxine Whittaker, Dr Sandip Kamath, Dr Cathy Rush, Dr Hayley Letson, Assoc. Prof. Anthony Leicht and Dr Joe Moxon.

Jordan had previously delivered her exit seminar for her project on 15 August 2017 in front of a panel of judges (in person and over VC to other sites) at the JCU Mackay Clinical school and received critical acclaim for her work. She was one of two Mackay students to deliver their thesis at the Honours exit seminar in August. The second project was led by Meth Delpachitra, supervised by Prof Clare Heal & Dr Jenny Banks entitled Who is at risk of developing a wound infection after minor skin surgery?

The JCU honours student program provides the opportunity for students with strong academic achievement to develop research skills and knowledge in the design and conduct of a research project in their area of interest.

The program can run in parallel to the final two years of the MBBS and up to Post Graduate Year 5, so if you are interested in joining the program but have already graduated it’s not too late! The program is coordinated across Cairns, Mackay and Townsville and students can go on to become medical officers in the Health Service, thereby bringing with them valuable expertise in research that can support bringing the latest evidence into clinical practice.

This supports MIRI’s ethos to: research. translate. evolve.

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