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In Australia, the potential annual consumption
is 800 tonnes a nd valued at up to $40 million, of which
growers could earn 25 per cent. Adds Midmore: "Australia
could aspire to supply a significant part of this demand."
At the Centre for Plant and Water Science researcher
Ria Reyes has also been working on the physiological
significance of steviol glycosides (why plants actually
produce them) and on simple ways to quantify the
sweetener concentrations in plants so that growers can
be paid on quality of their produce. She reveals that a
non-invasive method for estimating leaf sweetness
before delivery to the market has been developed using
Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS).
While the method was developed using lab-based
instruments, work is now underway to explore the
application of the method in handheld NIR equipment
that would be practical for use in the field. "We have also
entered into discussions with a number of commercial
agencies interested in the use of NIR for non-invasive
assessment of quality [SG concentration] of dry stevia
leaves," says Reyes.
On the disease management front, research is
underway into improved monitoring of the health
of those who have diabetes by taking advantage of
electronic and mobile devices. is area of health, also
known as e-health or m-health is tipped to explode in
Australia -- and internationally -- as a viable and cost-
e ective means of medical consultation and record
keeping, particularly for people living in remote areas.
For young people with type I diabetes, CQUniversity
postgraduate Morwenna Kirwan hopes to develop
an electronic self-management tool that will enable
them to record glucose readings, insulin injections, lab
results, food intake and physical activity. "Young people
are very comfortable using technology," says Kirwan.
"Monitoring their health through software applications
that could be linked to mobile phones would be a practical
way for them to manage the disease."
Elsewhere, at CQUniversity's International Program
of Psycho -Social Health Research, Dr Tabassum (Neeta)
Ferdous is exploring how individuals of culturally and
linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds manage their
diabetes and how di erent health educational resources
impact on their ability to self-ma nage their disease.
According to Dr Ferdous there is an increased incidence,
complications and mortality rate from diabetes a mong
the overseas-born population in Australia than the
Australian-bor n population. ■
To remain at the forefront of the health
industry it is necessary for CQUniversity
to o er educational courses and research
programs that keep pace with the
challenges facing populations today.
Mark Burton, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
of Development, is currently working
on a new range of Medical Science
Programs that address some of those
issues and that CQUniversity expects
to make available to students, starting
in early 2011.
These include a program in Medical
Imaging o ering sonography and
a Medical Science Program with
specialisation in pathology and clinical
measurement such as neurological and
"We would also like to establish an
opportunity [to study] nutrition and forensic
technologies [within this course]," he says.
There are also hopes for setting up a
Paramedic Program with the Queensland
Ambulance Ser vice.
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