How to Change a Life by CQUniversity Podcasts
Finding answers to save lives with Darren Delaney

Finding answers to save lives with Darren Delaney

May 10, 2021

Former truckie Darren Delaney wants answers.

Too often, the Brisbane transport stalwart has seen his workmates die on the job – and too often, investigators can’t say what caused the death.

Darren’s channelling his trauma, frustration and passion for trucking into action, as he pursues a PhD on truck accidents and safety.

The CQUniversity Associate Lecturer and PhD student hopes to create a national framework to standardise truck accident investigation.  

If you drive trucks in Australia, you can complete Darren’s driver survey here.

How to Change a Life is hosted by Mary Bolling from CQUni Communications. Music by CQUni alumnus Tristan Barton.

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Cultural caring and connecting with Sam Cooms

Cultural caring and connecting with Sam Cooms

April 26, 2021

Noonukul Quandamooka woman Sam Cooms started on her career path determined to help her Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) community.

Becoming a mum to children with disabilities upended her world, and shifted her priorities.

This episode, Sam explains how her Indigenous values inform both her carer role, and her vision for a more inclusive society for people with disabilities – in Minjerribah, and nationally.

Sam is part of CQUniversity's First Nations Research Higher Degree Academy, the first of its kind in Australia.

How to Change a Life is hosted by Mary Bolling from CQUni Communications. Music by CQUni alumnus Tristan Barton.

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Transforming beaches with Sasha Job

Transforming beaches with Sasha Job

April 19, 2021

Physiotherapist Sasha Job knows her work can change people’s lives.

And when patients are struggling to achieve mobility and fitness, she's seen first-hand that getting on the beach can make a huge difference. 

This episode, the determined Bundaberg lecturer and researcher explains her mission to make our beaches accessible for everyone.

If you’re an Australian living with a disability or limited mobility, or if you’re aged over 65, complete Sasha's U-BEACH survey here.

How to Change a Life is hosted by Mary Bolling from CQUni Communications. Music by CQUni alumnus Tristan Barton.

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Starting to talk with Michael Bowles

Starting to talk with Michael Bowles

March 29, 2021

CONTENT WARNING: This episode covers issues around mental health and suicide. 

More than two thirds of Australians say they’re stressed out – but is it all down to our busy lives?

When Brisbane dad and estimating manager Michael Bowles wasn’t coping, the first step to recovery was just talking.

Now researching his PhD on suicide in the construction industry, he’s busier than ever – and talking more than ever.

And the mission to help industry workmates has helped him find balance, too.

How to Change a Life is hosted by Mary Bolling from CQUni Communications. Music by CQUni alumnus Tristan Barton.

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If this episode raises issues for you, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

Or contact the Suicide Call Back Service, offering crisis support to anyone in Australia aged 15 years and older. Call 1300 659 467.

CQUniversity students can access free counselling, phone 07 4930 9456 or email counselling@cqu.edu.au.

 

Crashing out and building back with Caitlin Peacock

Crashing out and building back with Caitlin Peacock

March 22, 2021

Paramedic Science student Caitlin Peacock chose her career because she wanted to help people.

And she made the decision while she was in prison.

The 21-year-old Cairns woman shares how a car crash and subsequent criminal charges became the worst days of her life, and how determination to take a different path pulled her through.

Since completing CQUniversity’s life-changing STEPS program, she’s now on her way to supporting others on the worst days of their lives, too.

How to Change a Life is hosted by Mary Bolling from CQUni Communications. Music by CQUni alumnus Tristan Barton.

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Taking risks with Kumar Parakala

Taking risks with Kumar Parakala

March 17, 2021

Kumar Parakala has forged a career by refusing to follow the crowd.

And the first step was boarding a plane to Rockhampton, in Central Queensland.

In this episode, the President of GHD Digital shares the importance of finding a higher purpose, and building authentic relationships.

Just announced as CQUniversity’s Alumnus of the Year for Industry Achievement, the global professional services leader, innovator, and award-winning startup founder also talks openly about mistakes made, and what he learned.

How to Change a Life is hosted by Mary Bolling from CQUni Communications. Music by CQUni alumnus Tristan Barton.

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Challenging taboos with Tandi Kuwana

Challenging taboos with Tandi Kuwana

March 15, 2021

Tandi Kuwana built her career in mental health, but it was her own experience with depression that helped her smash taboos and improve mental wellbeing for those around her.

In this episode, the Perth-based mental health nurse and founder shares the challenges that led to her mental illness.

And the inspiring community leader explains why reaching out for help, and helping others, gave her the drive to get better.

Tandi, who completed her Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing in 2018, is the founder of social enterprise My Mental Wellness Keys, and CQUniversity's Alumnus of the Year for Social Impact

How to Change a Life is hosted by Mary Bolling from CQUni Communications. Music by CQUni alumnus Tristan Barton.

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Growing a great idea with Jodie Mlikota

Growing a great idea with Jodie Mlikota

March 10, 2021

She created Australia’s Airbnb for dinner parties, then on the verge of going global, COVID-19 meant dinner parties were banned indefinitely.

But Jodie Mlikota’s was determined to keep loved ones connecting, even at a distance.

In this episode, the Cairns-based CEO and co-founder shares how she grew her startup, from idea to uni assignment to national catering platform.

And she explains why community and connection is central to Gathar’s success.

How to Change a Life is hosted by Mary Bolling from CQUni Communications. Music by CQUni alumnus Tristan Barton.

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Seizing opportunities with Sheila Doyle

Seizing opportunities with Sheila Doyle

March 7, 2021

How do you suddenly transition 50,000 people to working online?

For Sheila Doyle and her 1800-strong team, the challenges of the pandemic were huge.

Luckily, the Deloitte Business Services Global Leader has built a career around adapting fast.

In this episode, digital trailblazer Sheila shares her steps for taking risks, growing resilience, and putting people at the heart of big decisions.

Just announced as CQUniversity’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Sheila also had good advice for people starting a tech career today.

How to Change a Life is hosted by Mary Bolling from CQUni Communications. Music by CQUni alumnus Tristan Barton.

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How to Change a Life COMING SOON!

How to Change a Life COMING SOON!

March 1, 2021

We all know change is inevitable. But actually making the change happen? That’s up to us.

How to Change a Life hears from people who have made life-changing decisions, and asks them - what happens next?

Presented by CQUniversity Podcasts and launching on Monday 8 March 2021, you’ll hear from global industry leaders, and passionate locals transforming lives around them.

Plus CQUniversity’s experts explore the science of changing our lives, with hacks to bring our brains, our bodies, and even our communities along for the ride.

How to Change a Life is hosted by Mary Bolling from CQUni Communications. Music by CQUni alumnus Tristan Barton.

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