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Meet CDU's Indigenous female Trailblazers

From its very foundations, Indigenous women have contributed to making this University what it is today – they have inspired, driven change and shown pathways for staff and students, and we proudly acknowledge them all. Read the inspiring stories of eight such amazing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who walked ahead, but always together.

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What does it take to improve Indigenous birth outcomes?

It’s not the norm for research projects to observe outcomes improved by 50 per cent. In fact, it’s quite unusual. But this is what CDU’s Indigenous Birthing in an Urban Setting (IBUS) research project has found. The results send a strong signal that the preterm birth gap can be reduced.

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Is this the answer to a better start for remote Indigenous kids?

Early childhood is a crucial stage of a human being’s development. It impacts the rest of their life and, by extension, society. But sadly, this can be a very difficult stage for many Indigenous children in remote Australia. Dr Gary Robinson is working with agencies who are trying to change that.

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The ‘midwifery voodoo’ pain relief that science proves works

One in three women experience severe back pain during labour and birth. And now, a safe, simple and effective treatment to ease the pain is here, thanks to research from Professor Sue Kildea at CDU and Dr Nigel Lee from The University Queensland.

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Lost in translation: In search of an end to the malaria epidemic

The WHO has an ambitious goal to eliminate the malaria epidemic in the Asia Pacific by 2030. Word on the street may be that we’re tracking well, but for some types of malaria, the treatments still have a long way to go. Researcher Kamala Ley-Thriemer is committed to the cause.

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Beyond business buzz words: Sustainability changes the world needs

Sustainability is a business buzz word. There’s no doubt about it. But it’s not easily achieved. And so, researchers at CDU are finding new ways to improve.

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Are peace and democracy worth dying for?

We have all seen the images of war on our television screens. What happens when, inevitably, the guns fall silent and the blades are returned to their sheaths? When the red mist recedes, and some form of non-violent rationality raises its weary head above the bloodied parapets.

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Damian's on the frontline of malaria research at CDU

Each year, malaria infects more than 200 million people across the globe, with more than 400,000 of those people losing their fight with the deadly disease. Damian Oyong is on the frontline with research that could improve the lives of millions. 

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Hao’s honing in on microwave photonic technology

After studying at Tianjin University of Technology and working as an electronics engineer for big brands like Samsung and Honeywell, Hao moved from China to Darwin to study a Master's degree at CDU. He's now working towards his PhD in microwave photonic signal processing.

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Can copyright laws protect Indonesia's unique batik art?

Dina wanted to find a way of safeguarding and protecting the cultural assets and traditions of her Indonesian homeland. So, she moved from the bustling city of Yogyakarta to Darwin to pursue a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at CDU to do just that. 

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