SPH staff updates

A big Congratulations to Pheobe Cleland, Senior Project Officer (Employability) who welcomed her twins, Arna (girl) and Oliver (boy) on Thursday 3 October, 2019. Congratulations also to Dr Darsy Darssan who recently welcomed a baby girl, Chaya.

The school welcomes back Renee Tayler who has returned from Parental Leave. Renee worked for the school briefly in 2016/2017 as Executive Assistant to Professor Charles Gilks. Renee has returned in a 0.7FTE capacity in one of the Teaching Support Officer roles.

Teaching news

To celebrate Teaching and Learning Week, the School of Public Health will be hosting a morning tea on Wednesday 30 October, 2019 to showcase the authentic assessment used in the Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Public Health in 2019. This work represents an ongoing commitment by teaching staff in the School to create authentic learning opportunities for our students and enhance their employability beyond graduation.

Public Health Association

The PHA-UQ recently held their AGM to elect the Executive Committee for 2020. The AGM also provided an opportunity to give back to the community with a group of PHA-UQ volunteers, in collaboration with FareShare, cooking 1000 nutritious meals for those in need. PHA-UQ is also excited for “The Final Countdown” our event for all students to celebrate their hard work over this past semester.

The Teaching and Learning Week celebratory showcase morning tea will be held Wednesday 30 October, 2019 in room 4311, Oral Health Building (#883), Herston campus from 10:00am to 11:00am. To confirm your attendance please email

The PHA-UQ’s Final Countdown event will be held this Sunday 27 October, 2019 from 6.30pm at the Trocadero Long Bar, The Fox Hotel, Southbank. Tickets can be purchased through the following link and more information can be found on the associations Facebook page.


Climate change rally

The Global Climate Strike rally in Brisbane will take place on 20 September. Staff wanting to participate should contact Linda Selvey, and also speak with their supervisor to make the appropriate leave and university service delivery arrangements.  Please note that Global Climate Strike rally is not an endorsed work activity and attendees do so in a personal capacity. 


Congratulations to Sam Brookfield

The 3MT final included nine finalists from across the Faculty. The calibre of presentations was excellent and the stories used by the finalists to tell their thesis in three minutes were brilliant. The competition was very close with only 0.25 points difference between first and second place. Samuel Brookfield was awarded runner-up and did SPH very proud. Sam is supervised by Lisa Fitzgerald and Linda Selvey. His 3MT presentation was titled Why are we not all on drugs, right now? Asking the right questions about methamphetamine. Sam has been invited to present at the Wildcard Competition on 28 August. Sam is away presenting at two major international conferences in August, but we are hoping he might be able to make the wildcard competition. Congratulations again Sam! And thanks to the SPH contingent that came along to cheer him on.

Professor Amanda Lee appointed to Health and Wellbeing Queensland

Congratulations to Professor Amanda Lee for being appointed to the interim board of Health and Wellbeing Queensland. Health and Wellbeing Queensland aims to improve the health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders and reduce health inequities.

Compost bins in the level two kitchen

Kate Gadenne has brought in a compost bin for the level 2 kitchen and will take it home to add to her heap on a daily basis. Please feel free to add fruit and vege scraps, tea bags and coffee grounds. Please don't add meat, plastic, rubbish, or other leftover foods.

School Forum

Join us for the School Forum as we discuss important topics from around the School. Monday 5 August, 12.30–1.30pm, ES Meyer Lecture Theatre, Mayne Medical Building. Lunch will be served in the SPH courtyard following the forum.