I believe the science communication units really demonstrate the powers of science and their consequent influence on society. Our project explored a disease that is often forgotten and misunderstood, while the support and feedback that we received from the ME/CFS patient community was overwhelmingly positive and inspiring.
Bachelor of Science student
Student project showcase
Our students have collaborated with our industry and community connections to create valuable science communication resources. Here are just some examples.
Engaging social media to raise awareness of chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms
The aim of this project was to combine and condense the current diagnostic criteria for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), as students had found discrepancies in symptoms across different criteria.
Students created a short questionnaire featuring the key symptoms and sought input from the public via social media to determine whether questions were suitable. It was made clear that the goal was not to replace professional medical advice.
Simple and easy-to-understand visuals of scientific concepts and research were posted to social media and received a very positive response from the ME/CFS patient community.
Helping to remove the ‘yuck’ factor in the perception of maggot therapy
Maggot therapy utilises the blowfly larvae of Lucilia sericata to remove dead tissue, secrete substances that disinfect a wound and stimulate new tissue growth. With rises in global wound burden and antibiotic resistance, clinicians around the world are returning to this ancient therapy. Currently, its use is not widespread in Australia.
The aim of this project was to effectively explain the benefits of maggot therapy and remove the ‘yuck’ factor that arises from misinformation. Students created a brochure that explained what maggot therapy was, the benefits and advantages of the therapy, and any potential side effects. Each therapy stage was described in a simple visual format with a link to further information. Students also created an easy-to-read health board poster.
I was able to provide a real problem and the team worked to provide an array of useful materials. They gave me ownership over the process, allowing me to make key choices as the client, and provided a polished finished product that is high quality.
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