SOLVING THE PUZZLE: Renee Sorbello loves the challenge of accident forensics.
SOLVING THE PUZZLE: Renee Sorbello loves the challenge of accident forensics. Eliza Goetze

Crash course booming as students flock to CQUni

RENEE Sorbello feels like Sherlock Holmes when she turns up for university.

"I love solving the puzzle and asking, 'Why?'"

It could be the scene of a dramatic car crash or a gory accident involving a bottling machine: Ms Sorbello relishes the process of taking photos, collecting evidence and solving the mystery.

"It's about what the evidence can tell us happened," she said.

CQUniversity's Forensic Crash Lab is the only lab in the Southern Hemisphere to teach accident forensics in both theory and practice, and curious students are flocking to Bundaberg to take part.

Ms Sorbello is studying a combined Bachelor of Accident Forensics with a Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety.

Enrolment numbers have at least doubled since the Bachelor of Accident Forensics was introduced in 2013, CQUni deputy head of programs transport and safety science Allison Hutton said, and there are plans to add additional programs over the next couple of years.

 

SOLVING THE PUZZLE: Renee Sorbello loves the challenge of accident forensics. Photo: Eliza Goetze / NewsMail
SOLVING THE PUZZLE: Renee Sorbello loves the challenge of accident forensics. Photo: Eliza Goetze / NewsMail Eliza Goetze

"There are close to 600 students in the Occupational Health and Safety and Accident Forensics courses combined," Mrs Hutton said.

"We have residential schools that attract people from Australia and expats around the world who stay and eat here.

"They're contributing to Bundaberg's economy."

Students study recreations of real-life accidents on site at the Bundaberg campus.

Currently there are 14 different scenarios but they plan to expand to 20 by next year - and to do that, they need donations.

The accident scene pictured above includes a truck with a cherry picker donated by Ergon Energy, which is a partner to the program, as well as a Holden Commodore which was crashed and not claimed, donated by Bundaberg Regional Council.

"We're looking for a tractor, power tools, machinery," Mrs Hutton said.

 

SOLVING THE PUZZLE: Renee Sorbello loves the challenge of accident forensics. Photo: Eliza Goetze / NewsMail
SOLVING THE PUZZLE: Renee Sorbello loves the challenge of accident forensics. Photo: Eliza Goetze / NewsMail Eliza Goetze

If you have items to donate, contact Mrs Hutton at CQUni on 0407 590 750 or email a.hutton@cqu.edu.au.


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