TRU Update: Dec 2022

Posted: Feb 08, 2023

TRU collaborate with University of Brasilia 
Dr Elisa Canetti from the TRU hosted fellow researcher and collaborator Diogo Ferreira, a visiting PhD candidate from the University of Brasília, Brazil. Diogo is a professional firefighter completing his thesis on firefighter performance. Whilst here, Diogo participated in several TRU activities including a trip to connect with Inspector Richard Gorey, the Manager of the Tactical Training Unit at Queensland Fire and Rescue and TRU Advisory Group Member. The team are already planning a series of collaborations to help the health and wellbeing of these vital personnel, both here and abroad.


Sports Medicine Australia Conference
The TRU turned out in force to present at the Sports Medicine Australia Conference, the leading multidisciplinary sports medicine conference in Australasia. Research spanning military, law enforcement, and firefighters was presented across two days of podium and poster presentations. 

Dr Vini Simas was awarded best research poster at the Sports Medicine Australia Conference, the leading multidisciplinary sports medicine conference in Australasia. This is a funded Department of Veteran’s Affairs program of research. Congratulations Vini!


TRU In the news
The Tactical Research Unit's latest media release focused on female body armour. Supported by Australian Defence Apparel Pty Ltd, Bond University's Doctor of Physiotherapy students, Claire Buttner, Sharne Tiller and Nash Vollenweider investigated differences in body armour comfort and function in female and male police officers with the aim of identifying similarities and differences. You can read more here.

HDR student presents at ASCA International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning
TRU Higher Degree Research student, Jeremy Robinson recently presented on specialist policing at the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association's (ASCA) International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning.  Jeremy’s work focussed on the effects of a daily undulating periodisation program on the physical performance of specialist police.

TRU & the NSW Police Force 
The TRU recently spent over a week working with NSW Police Force units. In addition to Stage 2 of a job task analysis project with the Mounted Unit where the team collected various biometric and metabolic data, the team commenced work with the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command in both Sydney (Metro) and Goulburn (Rural) and driving instructor staff and students at the School of Traffic and Mobile Policing.

Pictured below: Dr Ben Schram and Dr Elisa Canetti monitor feedback on Mounted Police officers conducting yard work with their mounts.