July

SPH staff updates

Congratulations to PhD Student Meron Lewis who was the winner of the Faculty of Medicine North 3MT Heat. Meron’s presentation was titled ‘Can everyone afford healthy food?’ and will now compete in the FoM final on Wednesday 5 August 2020. The final will be held via Zoom. To register your attendance click here. Well done Meron and good luck in the final.

The School of Public Health would like to welcome Troy Combo, Senior Research Assistant and Sid Kaladharan, Casual Senior Research Technician working with Professor James Ward. Troy and Sid will be located in Room 018.

UQ Award for Excellence – Response to COVID-19

In light of recent circumstances, there is now an additional award category for 2020, dedicated to recognising individual and team efforts in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The UQ Award for Excellence – Response to COVID-19 category provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our colleague’s outstanding contributions, which have led to improved outcomes for the UQ community during the current pandemic. Applications open Monday 20 July 2020 and close on Monday 17 August 2020. Further information about this new category (including the award-specific criteria) and the online nomination process is available at the Awards for Excellence web pages.

5 Minutes with Kate Gadenne – Research Development Manager

How long have you been with SPH? – I have been with SPH since September 2018, when I was seconded to the role of Research Development Officer.
What do you like best about working at SPH? The best thing about working at SPH has to be the plush surroundings (lol) and the good humour of my colleagues. Best team ever!
What is something surprising that people may not know about you? I speak Tok Pisin, and was a Tok Pisin linguist in the Australian Army.
What has been your most memorable SPH moment? My most memorable SPH moment was the Naidoc week lunch organised by Francis Nona, and the opportunity to share food and stories with beautiful friends and colleagues at SPH. Francis’ later presentation of the Reconciliation Tree to the school was also a highlight.

Research update

Highlighted Author and Article of the Month – June 2020

Nina HallAuthor: Dr Nina Lansbury Hall is a Social and Environmental Scientist and Senior Lecturer in the Planetary Health Division at the School of Public Health

  1. Hall NL, Crosby L. Climate Change Impacts on Health in Remote Indigenous Communities in Australia. International journal of environmental health research. 2020:1-16.

I’ve been working on climate change issues for twenty years, and more recently on water issues and environmental health in remote Indigenous communities. With water insecurity in remote communities receiving more media exposure since late 2018, I was getting asked more frequently, in interviews, about other climate change impacts on health that may arise for Indigenous Australians living on remote country. I recruited a talented MPH student (now MD student) and Larrakia woman, Lucy Crosby, as a research assistant over summer. Together we researched and published this desktop review on the range of current and projected climate change health impacts in remote Australia. The literature tends to describe three types of climate-related health impacts: direct impacts (such as extreme weather events), indirect impacts through changes to ecosystems, and indirect impacts through changes to social systems. Without adequate adaptation, living in remote communities could be very challenging on residents’ health into the future, with associated impacts on mental health.

Indigenous Australians have a range of traditional adaptation practices developed through thousands of generations living on country. Ironically, it is only recently that Indigenous Knowledge is starting to be included in scientific literature as a ‘valid’ source of evidence, given that it doesn’t present in a classic ‘scientific’ way. It’s a live debate that I’m involved in through my role as a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 6th Assessment Report. The resulting paper with Lucy is likely to be cited in the Australasia regional chapter of the IPCC AR6. I’d welcome further discussion on any of these important topics.

SPH June 2020 Publications

  1. Ananthapavan J, Sacks G, Brown V, Moodie M, Nguyen P, Veerman L, Herrera AMM et al. Priority-setting for obesity prevention-The Assessing Cost-Effectiveness of obesity prevention policies in Australia (ACE-Obesity Policy) study. PLoS One. 2020;15(6):e0234804.
  2. Babic A, Sasamoto N, Rosner BA, Tworoger SS, Jordan SJ, Risch HA, et al.  Association between Breastfeeding and Ovarian Cancer Risk.  JAMA oncology.  2020;6(6).
  3. Babl FE, Franklin D, Schlapbach LJ, Oakley E, Dalziel S, Whitty JA, Neutze J, Furyk J, Craig C, Fraser JF, Jones M, et al.  Enteral hydration in high-flow therapy for infants with bronchiolitis: Secondary analysis of a randomised trial. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2020;56(6):950-5.
  4. Bakker EA, Hartman YAW, Hopman MTE, Hopkins ND, Graves LEF, Dunstan DW, Healy GN, et al. Validity and reliability of subjective methods to assess sedentary behaviour in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2020;17(1):75.
  5. Betz-Stablein B, Koh U, Plasmeijer EI, Janda M, Aitken JF, Soyer HP, et al. Self-reported naevus density may lead to misclassification of melanoma risk. British Journal of Dermatology. 2020;182(6):1488-90.
  6. Demakakos P, Linara-Demakakou E, Mishra GD. Adverse childhood experiences are associated with increased risk of miscarriage in a national population-based cohort study in England. Human reproduction (Oxford, England). 2020;35(6):1451-60.
  7. Dohrn IM, Gardiner PA, Winkler E, Welmer AK. Device-measured sedentary behavior and physical activity in older adults differ by demographic and health-related factors. Eur Rev Aging Phys Act. 2020;17(1):11.
  8. Getaneh Y, Zealyas K, Adugna F, Kursha K, Atsbeha GE, Kassa D, Assefa Y. HIV drug resistance early warning indicators in Ethiopia: Variability at regional and health facility levels and trend over time. Int J Infect Dis. 2020;95:90-7.
  9. Gordon LG, White NM, Elliott TM, Nones K, Beckhouse AG, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, et al. Estimating the costs of genomic sequencing in cancer control. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020;20(1).
  10. Hansen JM, Nagle CM, Ibiebele TI, Grant PT, Obermair A, Friedlander ML, DeFazio A, Webb PM, Ovarian Cancer Prognosis and Lifestyle Study Group. A healthy lifestyle and survival among women with ovarian cancer. Int J Cancer. 2020.
  11. Hu D, Lou X, Xu Z, Meng N, Xie Q, Zhang M, et al. More effective strategies are required to strengthen public awareness of COVID-19: Evidence from google trends. Journal of Global Health. 2020;10(1).
  12. Hunter SC, Kim B, Mudge A, Hall L, Young A, McRae P, et al. Experiences of using the i-PARIHS framework: a co-designed case study of four multi-site implementation projects. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020;20(1):573.
  13. Jones BC, Youlden DR, Cundy TP, O'Callaghan ME, Karpelowsky J, Aitken JF, et al. Renal tumours in Australian children: 30 years of incidence, outcome and second primary malignancy data from the Australian Childhood Cancer Registry. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2020;56(6):908-16.
  14. Karatela S, Coomarasamy C, Paterson J, N IW. Exposure to Toenail Heavy Metals and Child Behavior Problems in Nine-Year-Old Children: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(11).
  15. Kho EA, Fernandes JN, Kotze AC, Fox GP, Lord M, Beasley AM, et al. Visible-near infrared spectroscopy for detection of blood in sheep faeces. J Near Infrared Spectrosc.12.
  16. Kho EA, Fernandes JN, Kotze AC, Sikulu-Lord MT, Fox GP, Beasley AM, et al. Detection of Haemonchus contortus nematode eggs in sheep faeces using near and mid-infrared spectroscopy. J Near Infrared Spectrosc.10.
  17. Lee AJ, Kane S, Herron LM, Matsuyama M, Lewis M. A tale of two cities: the cost, price-differential and affordability of current and healthy diets in Sydney and Canberra, Australia. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2020;17(1):80.
  18. Majidi A, Na RH, Dixon-Suen S, Jordan SJ, Webb PM. Common medications and survival in women with ovarian cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Gynecologic Oncology. 2020;157(3):678-85.
  19. Mationg MLS, Williams GM, Tallo VL, Olveda RM, Aung E, Alday P, et al. Determining the Impact of a School-Based Health Education Package for Prevention of Intestinal Worm Infections in the Philippines: Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Intervention Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2020;9(6):e18419.
  20. Melody S, Wills K, Knibbs LD, Ford J, Venn A, Johnston F. Adverse birth outcomes in Victoria, Australia in association with maternal exposure to low levels of ambient air pollution. Environ Res. 2020;188:109784.
  21. Milali MP, Kiware SS, Govella NJ, Okumu F, Bansal N, Bozdag S, Charlwood J, Maia MF, Ogoma SB, Dowell FE, Corliss GF, Sikulu-Lord MT, Povinelli RJ.  An autoencoder and artificial neural network-based method to estimate parity status of wild mosquitoes from near-infrared spectra. PLoS One. 2020;15(6):e0234557.
  22. Mitchell GK, Young CE, Janamian T, Beaver KM, Johnson JLK, Hannan-Jones C, Mutch AJ. Factors affecting the embedding of integrated primary-secondary care into a health district. Aust J Prim Health. 2020;26(3):216-21.
  23. Moss KM, Dobson AJ, Mishra GD. Testing the role of the timing and chronicity of maternal depressive symptoms in the associations with child behaviour and development. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol.9.
  24. Moss KM, Dobson AJ, Tooth L, Mishra GD. Which Australian Women Do Not Exclusively Breastfeed to 6 Months, and why? J Hum Lact.13.
  25. Moss KM, Loxton D, Dobson AJ, Slaughter V, Mishra GD. Correction to: Testing competing mediators of the association between pre-conception maternal depression and child health-related quality of life: the MatCH study (Archives of Women's Mental Health, (2020), 23, 1, (53-62), 10.1007/s00737-019-0941-7). Archives of Women's Mental Health. 2020;23(3):447.
  26. Moss KM, Reilly N, Dobson AJ, Loxton D, Tooth L, Mishra GD. How rates of perinatal mental health screening in Australia have changed over time and which women are missing out. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health.6.
  27. Parker S, Warren N, Hamilton S, Cabral S, Cutbush J. Enhancing the quality of supervision: description and initial outcomes of a blended-learning approach to RANZCP supervisor accreditation. Australas Psychiatry.8.
  28. Pourmarzi D, Hall L, Smirnov A, Hepworth J, Rahman T, Fitzgerald G. Framework for community-based models for treating hepatitis C virus. Aust Health Rev. 2020;44(3):459-69.
  29. Rowlands IJ, Aye SKSchoenaker D, Dobson AJ, Mishra GD. Menstrual symptoms and risk of preterm birth: A population-based longitudinal study. Birth-Issue Perinat Care.8.
  30. Runge CEWaller MJMoss KMDean JA. Military Personnel Ratings of a Deployment and Their Positive and Negative Deployment Experiences. Military medicine. 2020.
  31. Tessema GA, Mahmood MA, Gomersall JS, Assefa Y, Zemedu TG, Kifle M, et al. Structural Quality of Services and Use of Family Planning Services in Primary Health Care Facilities in Ethiopia. How Do Public and Private Facilities Compare? Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(12).
  32. Thomson RM, Furuya-Kanamori L, Coffey C, Bell SC, Knibbs LD, Lau CL. Influence of climate variables on the rising incidence of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections in Queensland, Australia 2001-2016. The Science of the total environment. 2020;740:139796.
  33. von Schuckmann LA, Khosrotehrani K, Hughes MCB, van der Pols JC, Malt M, Smithers BM, et al. Prognostic implications of biopsy with tumor transection for patients with high-risk primary melanoma. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2020;82(6):1521-4.
  34. Weye N, Momen NC, Christensen MK, Iburg KM, Dalsgaard S, Laursen TM, Mortensen BP, Santomauro DF, Scott JG, Whiteford HA, McGrath JJ, Plana-Ripoll O. Association of Specific Mental Disorders With Premature Mortality in the Danish Population Using Alternative Measurement Methods. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(6):12.
  35. White NM, Barnett AG, Hall L, Mitchell BG, Farrington A, Halton K, et al. Cost-effectiveness of an Environmental Cleaning Bundle for Reducing Healthcare-associated Infections. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2020;70(12):2461-8.
  36. Youlden DR, Baade PD, Walker R, Pyke CM, Roder DM, Aitken JF. Breast Cancer Incidence and Survival among Young Females in Queensland, Australia. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. 2020;9(3):402-9.
  37. Zhu D, Chung HF, Dobson AJ, Pandeya N, Anderson DJ, Kuh D, et al. Vasomotor Menopausal Symptoms and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: A pooled analysis of six prospective studies. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2020.
  38. Zhu D, Chung HF, Dobson AJ, Pandeya N, Brunner EJ, Kuh D, et al. Type of menopause, age of menopause and variations in the risk of incident cardiovascular disease: pooled analysis of individual data from 10 international studies. Hum Reprod. 2020.

SPH staff updates

Congratulations to Professor Elizabeth Eakin who has been selected as the next Head of School, School of Public Health. Liz held a number of roles with SPH before moving to the Faculty as Associate Dean (Research). Well Done Liz on your appointment and we look forward to welcoming you back to the School.

Welcome back to Dr Ellen Leslie Wessel, Lecturer who has returned from Parental Leave after welcoming her first child Finn. Ellen will be working from Tuesday to Thursday each week.

Academic appraisals

It as noted in the last SPH Update that appraisal documents were due to Libby Kelly for HOS approval by 30 June. Please note that this deadline has been extended until October for standard annual appraisals. Promotion and End of Probation appraisals should have been completed by the 30 June deadline.  

5 minutes with Bronwyn Scanlan

Thanks Bron for offering responses to some new questions.

Position: Teaching and Assessment Support Officer
How long have you been with SPH? Just over a year  
What energizes you at work? Working with great people and finding/developing innovative ways to do things better!
What’s the best advice/quote you were ever given? Who was it from?  “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.”… This is from the 45 Life Lessons Written by Regina Brett
What’s your go-to karaoke song?  Mr Jones by Counting Crows after a few wines of course …
If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Tricky one! Beef Massaman curry and chips  

Teaching news

UQ has a VPN for students affected by the travel ban. You can find the student instructions on how to install and configure a VPN here. Please promote this resource to your international students located in China in Semester 2.

Research update

Congratulations to Professor Gita Mishra, Professor Annette Dobson, Dr Nirmala Pandeya, Associate Professor Leigh Tooth, who have had two NHMRC funded projects chosen as ‘Impact Case Studies’.

FoM 3MT Competition Heats
Join in and support our HDR student cohort who will present their thesis in 3 minutes. Winners will proceed into the Faculty Final Competition. Register your attendance to receive the zoom information.

  • 1:30pm, 13 July 2020, FoM North Heat (UQCCR/SPH/OTHN/PCHN/RBWH), register here.
  • 1pm, 15 July 2020, UQDI Heat, register here.
  • 10am, 17 July 2020, FoM South Heat (SBMS/CHSR/CHRC), register here.

For more information on 3MT, visit the 3MT website.

Professional development opportunities

SAGE Research Methods Online - Register here

June

SPH staff updates

The School of Public Health would like to thank Professor Gail Williams for the work she has done in the DRT/PCG Advisory. Gail will be stepping down at the end of June but will continue be available to support students until a replacement is appointed. Well Done Gail and thank you for your efforts it has been greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Dr Katherine Cullerton who has been invited to be a panellist at the BMJ and Swiss Re Institute virtual conference, Food for Thought 2020: The science and politics of nutrition. Well done Katherine, a great achievement.

Friendly reminders

  • Academic appraisals: Academic Appraisal paperwork needs to be completed and sent to Libby Kelly by COB Tuesday June 30.
  • Mandatory training: Please refer to the email Dr Shannon Armstrong circulated regarding compliance. Please contact Renee Tayler if you require another copy of the compliance document. Please set aside time in the near future to ensure you are compliant with all required training.

5 Minutes with Dr Karen Shelly

Position: Teaching Development Project Officer/Learning Designer
How long have you been with SPH? 18 months
What do you like best about working at SPH? The colleagues - what a great bunch of people!
What is something surprising that people may not know about you? Not much actually - I think I'm an over-sharer. I used to be a health and physical education and maths teacher; I can sort of play the ukulele!
What has been your most memorable SPH moment? Probably this year - how the whole team have responded to the challenges presented by COVID19 - both professional and academic staff - it has been a pleasure to be part of a solution-focused, positive, supportive team!

Teaching news

Congratulations again to all Semester 1 Course Coordinators and their teaching teams on what has been an unprecedented and challenging teaching semester. The feedback from our students has been overwhelmingly positive in regards to their experiences of online learning. We look forward to continuing to refine our online delivery into Semester 2. Make sure you take some time to reflect and catch your breath over the end of semester break – you’ve earned it!

U21 Health Sciences Public Health Group Webinar

The U21 HSG Public Health Discipline Group will be running a webinar on What can we learn from national Covid-19 control policies?” The webinar will be held on Tuesday June 30, 1:00pm – 2:00pm BST. To find out more and to register please click here.

Professional development opportunities

Food for Thought 2020: The science and politics of nutrition

Dr Katherine Cullerton has been invited to to be a panellist at the BMJ and Swiss Re Institute virtual conference, Food for Thought 2020: The science and politics of nutrition. Her panel is Improving nutritional research and conflicts of interest on Day 2, 30 June 2020. Visit the event website

SPH staff updates

Welcome back to our School Manager Chris Shannon. Chris has been on 7 weeks long service leave, taking a well-deserved break. Please continue to send all School Manager correspondence to schoolmanager@sph.uq.edu.au.

SPH in the news

We have added a new section to our SPH Update ‘SPH in the news’. If you see any SPH staff in the media please send through to our SPH Research Team at med.research.sph@uq.edu.au.

5 minutes with Associate Professor Nicholas Osborne

Position: Associate Professor

How long have you been with SPH? 14 months

What do you like best about working at SPH? The diverse range of science being attempted and the tropical nature of a lot of that research

What is something surprising that people may not know about you? I have a M. Ag. Sci. from UQ on tannin chemistry

What has been your most memorable SPH moment? Graduating from my PhD in 2004.

Teaching news

New self-paced Turnitin online workshop has been designed to support staff in developing knowledge, skills and confidence in suing Turnitin. There are also a number of valuable self-paced modules including, Learn.UQ BasicsLearn.UQ Quizzes, Tests and ExamsVirtual Classroom (Zoom)Desktop Recording (Kaltura Capture) and Video Assignments that may be of interest to teaching staff.

Research news

Lisa Buckley
Dr Lisa Buckley

This Month’s Article in Focus is by Dr Lisa Buckley

Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion, Division of Health Promotion and Equity

Buckley L, Reveruzzi B, Dingli K, Chapman RL, Sheehan M. Skills for Preventing Injury in Youth: Evaluating Change in Adolescent Alcohol Use, Violence, and Road-Related InjuriesYouth & Society. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X20914171

We undertook a randomised cluster controlled trial of our school-based injury prevention program implemented in Central Queensland and across South-east Queensland (from the border to the ranges to the Sunshine Coast). It took a year of planning, for ethics and the recruitment of 37 schools.  Our team, that at times included 20 staff and students, asked about injuries, risk-taking behaviours, relationships, and beliefs about safety and looking out for friends (Year 9s followed into Year 10).

The program, Skills for Preventing Injury in Youth (SPIY) was novel in seeking to reduce injury through building school connectedness, encouraging teens to look out for their friends, and teaching first aid skills (as a prevention tool and in collaboration with St John Ambulance). It was a school term of activities (1 hour/ week) and provided teachers with resources that aligned with Health studies curriculum requirements. The paper reports on the change in self-reported injury related to alcohol use and violence, for those students who had few resources to begin with.

The work was funded by an ARC-DP and a big thanks to the school staff, parents, and students.

  • Ahmadabadi Z, Najman JM, Williams GM, Clavarino AM, d’Abbs P, Tran N. Intimate partner violence and subsequent depression and anxiety disorders. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2020;55(5):611-20.
  • Anderson DJ, Chung HF, Seib CA, Dobson AJ, Kuh D, Brunner EJ, Crawford SL, Avis NE, Gold EB, Greendale GA, Mitchell ES, Woods NF, Yoshizawa T, Mishra GD. Obesity, smoking, and risk of vasomotor menopausal symptoms: a pooled analysis of eight cohort studies. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2020;222(5).
  • Evaluating Change in Adolescent Alcohol Use, Violence, and Road-Related Injuries. Youth & Society. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X20914171
  • Cobham VE, Hickling A, Kimball H, Thomas HJ, Scott JG, Middeldorp CM. Systematic Review: Anxiety in Children and Adolescents With Chronic Medical Conditions. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2020;59(5):595-618.
  • Dohrn IM, Papenberg G, Winkler E, Welmer AK. Impact of dopamine-related genetic variants on physical activity in old age - A cohort study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2020;17(1).
  • Edwards HA, McMeniman EK McMeniman EK. The cost of dupilumab treatment for severe atopic dermatitis is largely offset by broader health-care savings and improvement in quality of life. Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2020;61(2):E273-E5.
  • Gete DGWaller MMishra GD. Prepregnancy dietary patterns and risk of preterm birth and low birth weight: findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2020;111(5):1048-58.
  • Hall W, Bonevski B, Gartner C. Policy-based evidence on e-cigarette, or vaping product, use–associated lung injury. Drug and Alcohol Review. 2020;39(4):426-7.
  • Healy GN, Goode AD, Abbott A, Burzic J, Clark BK, Dunstan DW, Eakin EG, Firth M, Gilson ND, Gao L, Gunning L, Jetann J, LaMontagne AD, Lawler SP, Moodie M, Nguyen P, Owen N, Straker L, Timmins P, Ulyate L, Winkler EAH. Supporting workers to sit less and move more through the web-based beupstanding program: Protocol for a single-arm, repeated measures implementation study. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2020;22(5).
  • Hefler M, Gartner CE. The tobacco industry in the time of COVID-19: time to shut it down? Tobacco control. 2020;29(3):245-6.
  • Kabir A, Rashid MM, Hossain K, Khan A, Sikder SS, Gidding HF. Women's empowerment is associated with maternal nutrition and low birth weight: evidence from Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey. Bmc Womens Health. 2020;20(1).
  • Kumar N, Puljevic C, Ferris J, Winstock A, Barratt MJ. The Intersection between Spliff Usage, Tobacco Smoking, and Having the First Joint after Waking. Scientific Reports. 2020;10(1).
  • Larney S, Tran LT, Leung J, Santo T, Santomauro D, Hickman M, Peacock A, Stockings E, Degenhardt L. All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality among People Using Extramedical Opioids: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry. 2020;77(5):493-502.
  • Miller BJ, Finnane A, Vun Y, Halloran S, Stapelberg A, Soyer HP, Caffery L. Real-time teledermatology clinics in a tertiary public hospital: A clinical audit. Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2020.
  • Moradinazar M, Pasdar Y, Najafi F, Shakiba E, Hamzeh B, Samadi M, Mirzaei M, Dobson AJ. Validity of self-reported diabetes varies with sociodemographic charecteristics: Example from Iran. Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health. 2020;8(1).
  • Murphy A, Rajahram GS, Jilip J, Maluda M, William T, Hu W, Reid S, Devine GJ, Frentiu FD. Incidence and epidemiological features of dengue in Sabah, Malaysia. PLoS neglected tropical diseases. 2020;14(5):e0007504.
  • Odgers-Jewell K, Ball LE, Reidlinger DP, Isenring EA, Thomas R, Kelly JT. Replicating group-based education interventions for the management of type 2 diabetes: a review of intervention reporting. Diabetic Medicine. 2020;37(5):768-78.
  • Olsen CM, Thompson JF, Pandeya N, Whiteman DC. Evaluation of Sex-Specific Incidence of Melanoma. JAMA Dermatology. 2020;156(5):553-60.
  • Owens CEL, Angles ML, Cox PT, Byleveld PM, Osborne NJ, Rahman MB. Implementation of quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) for public drinking water supplies: Systematic review. Water Research. 2020;174:115614.
  • Pourmarzi D, Smirnov A, Hall L, Thompson H, FitzGerald G, Rahman T. Enablers and barriers for the provision of community-based HCV treatment: A case study of a real-world practice. Journal of Viral Hepatitis. 2020;27(5):484-96.
  • Rahman ST, Pandeya N, Neale RE, McLeod DSA, Bain CJ, Baade PD, Youl PH, Allison R, Leonard S, Jordan SJ. Obesity Is Associated with BRAF(V600E)-Mutated Thyroid Cancer. Thyroid. 2020.
  • Schnyder N, Sawyer MG, Lawrence D, Panczak R, Burgess P, Harris MG. Barriers to mental health care for Australian children and adolescents in 1998 and 2013-2014. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2020.
  • Skinner EB, Murphy A, Jansen CC, Shivas MA, McCallum H, Onn MB, Reid SA, Peel AJ. Associations Between Ross River Virus Infection in Humans and Vector-Vertebrate Community Ecology in Brisbane, Australia. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 2020. https://doi.org/ 10.1089/vbz.2019.2585
  • Vilcins D, Baker P, Jagals P, Sly PD. Association of maternal and social characteristics with age-standardised birthweight. Journal of Public Health: From Theory to Practice. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10389-020-01292-1
  • Walter CM, Schneider-Futschik EK, Knibbs LD, Irving LB. Health impacts of bushfire smoke exposure in Australia. Respirology. 2020;25(5):495-501.

CAHP deadlines

For information on CAHP deadlines please click here.

SPH staff updates

The School would like to thank Dr Shannon Armstrong for her efforts and contributions during her time as Acting School Manager. Shannon will finish her acting role on Thursday 4 June and Chris Shannon will be returning from Long Service Leave on Monday 8 June.  

Farewell to Dr Davoud Pourmarzi who will finish up with the School on 1 June. The School would like to thank you for your contributions and wish you the best with your new role as a Research Fellow with Australian National University in Canberra.

Congratulations to HDR student Samantha Stephens who was recently awarded her PhD. Well done Samantha a great achievement.

5 Minutes with Dr Yibeltal Alemu

Position: Senior Lecture in Health Systems

How long have you been with SPH? Since July 2016

What do you like best about working at SPH? There is a very good enabling environment

What is something surprising that people may not know about you? I am establishing a research portfolio on universal health coverage and global health security. The research aims to generate evidence to support health systems in ordinary and extraordinary times. The research has both regional (Indo-pacific region) and global scopes.

What has been your most memorable SPH moment? The strategic retreat in Gold Coast is really memorable. The retreat was informative, strategic, participatory and entertaining.

Teaching news

Planning for flexible delivery mode for Semester 2 is now underway. Feel free to book in a time with the Teaching Development Team (Karen, Christian or Bec) to discuss ideas for delivering your Semester 2 course online. You may also like to refer to the two recent resources sent out to SPH Course Coordinators on 26 May - 'Planning Checklist for Semester 2' and 'Providing Quality Feedback'.

Research news

The School would like to congratulate the following SPH staff who have been successful NHMRC & MRFF grant recipients over the last month.  We are now eagerly awaiting news on a few more schemes to be announced. An exceptional job!

Genevieve Healy

Scheme: Investigator Grants MRFF Priority Round
Title: Supporting adults to sit less and move more for chronic disease prevention and management.
Duration:  4years 9 months @ Level: EL2
Funding:  $1,487,455

Gita Mishra

Scheme: MRFF – EPCDR - Endometriosis
Title:  Genetic variants, early life exposures, and longitudinal endometriosis symptoms study (GELLES).
Duration:  4years
Funding:  $1,856,540

Susan Jordan

Scheme:  MRFF – EPCDR – Ovarian Cancer
Title:  Ovarian cancer: investigating Variation in care and survival, Aetiology and Risk factors to Improve outcomes in Australia via National data linkage: the OVARIAN study.
CIA Prof Penny Webb – QIMR.
Duration: 5 years
Funding: $2,707,035.20 (with $368,280 to SPH)

Luke Knibbs

Scheme:  NHMRC UKRI - Built Environment and Prevention Research
Title: The impact of the Environment and Pollution On Cognitive Health (EPOCH): Building the knowledge base through international collaboration.
Co-led by CIA Prof Fiona Mathews (CI Newcastle Uni, UK) and CIA Prof Ester Cerin (ANU, Canberra).
Duration: 3 years
Funding: To be negotiated

Luke Knibbs

Scheme:  NHMRC UKRI - Built Environment and Prevention Research
Title: Joining Impact models of transport with spatial measures of the Built Environment (JIBE).
Co-led by CIA Prof Billie Giles-Corti (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology); and CIA Dr James Woodcock (University of Cambridge).
Duration: 3 years
Funding: To be negotiated

CAHP deadlines

For information on CAHP deadlines please click here.

May

SPH staff news

All the staff at the School of Public Health would like to send their deepest sympathies to our Head of School, Professor Charles Gilks and his family after the recent passing of his mother. Charles had recently returned to the UK to celebrate his mother’s 100th Birthday, a great achievement. Our thoughts are with Charles and his family during this difficult time.

Welcome to Dori Patay who has joined the Health Promotion and Equity Division as a casual Senior Research Assistant.

The School Forum that was scheduled for 8 June 2020 has been cancelled. A new date for the Forum will be set once Charles and Chris return from their respective leave arrangements.

5 Minutes with Rebecca Johnson

Position: Teaching and Development Project Officer

How long have you been with SPH? Around 15 months. A newbie!

What do you like best about working at SPH? Look I’d be lying if I didn’t pretend the undercover secure parking wasn’t a great drawcard. However, I also love meeting and working with so many different colleagues throughout the School.

What is something surprising that people may not know about you? I know more about Dawson’s Creek than I probably ought to. Guilty Pleasure!

What has been your most memorable SPH moment? Meeting and working with such a fantastic group of people.

Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium

The Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium has been rescheduled and will now be held in Alice Springs on 24-25 May 2021, with a virtual pre-Symposium session on Monday, 25 May 2020. The theme of the virtual pre-Symposium session is ‘How humans and the environment interact’ and the presenters are:  

  • Professor Tony Capon: Planetary health: shaping the future of rural and remote health
  • Professor Pierre Horwitz:  Environmental alliances for regional health (and sustainability)
  • Dr Laura Weyrich:  The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander microbiome reflects long term connection to country.

Teaching news

Non-invigilated school-based examinations

If you are delivering a non-invigilated exam using the Blackboard test tool, it is critical that you check Spotlight before and during the exam, as well as follow the Non-invigilated Summative Test/Exam guide. Most schools have a staff member (in our case, Christian Kelly or Rebecca Johnson) who has experience with Blackboard tests and can help check your settings to ensure the exam runs smoothly.

Reminder: Please do not implement ‘Force Completion’ on tests as it causes premature submission whenever a student’s internet connection is interrupted.

Zoom security settings

To enhance the integrity of Zoom meetings, it is highly recommended that the Authenticated users only option is selected when scheduling Zoom meetings and that Zoom meeting links are never shared publicly, or on social media, even if the event is meant to be public. For more information, refer to the Virtual Classroom (Zoom) FAQ guide

Research news

NHMRC have released a FAQ webpage in relation to the effects of COVID-19 on NHMRC grant processes.

Article in Focus for April

 

Rowlands, I. J., Holder, C., Forder, P. M., Hegarty, K., Dobson, A. J., & Loxton, D. (2020). Consistency and Inconsistency of Young Women's Reporting of Intimate Partner Violence in a Population-Based Study. Violence against Women, 19. doi:10.1177/1077801220908324

Intimate partner violence is a complex set of behaviours within an intimate relationship and may include physical and emotional abuse, sexual violence or manipulative and controlling behaviours that inflict harm.

Researchers from The School of Public Health have found that more than a third of young women report a history of violence within their intimate relationships. However, around one in ten do not re-report the violence when asked about it 12 months later.

UQ School of Public Health Researcher Dr Ingrid Rowlands said that stigma, shame, and fear can deter women from consistently reporting violence.

Young women may normalise or minimise violence to avoid stigma and blame from others. It can also be traumatic for women to recall experiences of violence. It is therefore common for women to not report violence to family or friends.

Using data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, Dr Ingrid Rowlands in collaboration researchers from University of Newcastle looked at women’s reporting of intimate partner violence over a 12-month period. 

We were particularly interested in the health and wellbeing of young women who reported violence in the initial survey but did not re-report it 12 months later.

Women who did not re-report intimate partner violence had better mental health than their peers who did, and their wellbeing improved over the 12-month period.

Better mental health among women who inconsistently reported violence might reflect women’s resilience and their attempts to make sense of the violence in their lives. Women might adopt certain strategies to help them cope in the short term.

For privacy reasons, we were unable to ask women if they were still in a relationship with the perpetrator. It is possible that some women had left the relationship and did not feel it was personally meaningful to report the violence again.

It is important that we continue to understand the many factors that are likely to influence women’s reporting of intimate partner violence in both research and clinical settings.

A deeper understanding of the many issues that influence women’s reporting of violence will improve the identification of violence.

Confidential support and counselling for violence or abuse is available by contacting 1800RESPECT.

Publications for April 2020

Arnautovska, U., McKeon, G., Dark, F., Siskind, D., Harris, M., & Parker, S. (2020). Predictors of unplanned discharge from community-based residential mental health rehabilitation for people affected by severe and persistent mental illness. J Ment Health, 1-9. doi:10.1080/09638237.2020.1755025

Atun, R., Bhakta, N., Denburg, A., Frazier, A. L., Friedrich, P., Gupta, S., . . . Aitken, J. F., . . . Rodriguez-Galindo, C. (2020). Sustainable care for children with cancer: a Lancet Oncology Commission. Lancet Oncol, 21(4), e185-e224. doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(20)30022-X

Babic, A., Sasamoto, N., Rosner, B. A., Tworoger, S. S., Jordan, S. J., Risch, H. A., . . . Terry, K. L. (2020). Association Between Breastfeeding and Ovarian Cancer Risk. JAMA Oncol, e200421. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.0421

Bell, S., Aggleton, P., Ward, J., Murray, W., Silver, B., Lockyer, A., . . . Maher, L. (2020). Young Aboriginal people's engagement with STI testing in the Northern Territory, Australia. BMC Public Health, 20(1), 459. doi:10.1186/s12889-020-08565-0

Buckley, L., & Chapman, R. L. (2020). Resiliency in Adolescence: Cumulative Risk and Promotive Factors Explain Violence and Transportation Risk Behaviors. Youth and Society, 52(3), 311-331. doi:10.1177/0044118X17753814

Chak Ho, H., Chan, T. C., Xu, Z., Huang, C., & Li, C. (2020). Individual- and community-level shifts in mortality patterns during the January 2016 East Asia cold wave associated with a super El Niño event: Empirical evidence in Hong Kong. Science of the Total Environment, 711, 135050. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135050

Dasgupta, P., Henshaw, C., Youlden, D. R., Aitken, J. F., Sullivan, A., Irving, H., & Baade, P. D. (2020b). Global trends in incidence rates of childhood liver cancers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 9. doi:10.1111/ppe.12671

Denzel, D., Colic, L., Demenescu, L. R., von During, F., Ristow, I., Niessen, H., . . . Walter, M. (2020). Local glutamate in cingulate cortex subregions differentially correlates with affective network activations during face perception. European Journal of Neuroscience, 14. doi:10.1111/ejn.14733

Diminic, S., Lee, Y. Y., Hielscher, E., Harris, M. G., Kealton, J., & Whiteford, H. A. (2020a). Quantifying the size of the informal care sector for Australian adults with mental illness: caring hours and replacement cost. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 14. doi:10.1007/s00127-020-01868-y

Dobson, A. J., Waller, M. J., Hockey, R., Dolja-Gore, X., Forder, P. M., & Byles, J. E. (2020). Impact of Dementia on Health Service Use in the Last 2 Years of Life for Women with Other Chronic Conditions. J Am Med Dir Assoc. doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2020.02.018

Edwards, S. K., Dean, J., Power, J., Baker, P., & Gartner, C. (2020). Understanding the Prevalence of Smoking Among People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Australia and Factors Associated with Smoking and Quitting. AIDS and Behavior, 24(4), 1056-1063. doi:10.1007/s10461-019-02535-3

Erku, D. A., Gartner, C. E.Morphett, K., & Steadman, K. J. (2020). Beliefs and Self-reported Practices of Health Care Professionals Regarding Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review and Synthesis. Nicotine Tob Res, 22(5), 619-629. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntz046

Erku, D. A., Zhang, R., Gartner, C. E., Morphett, K., & Steadman, K. J. (2020a). How are nicotine vaping products represented to pharmacists? A content analysis of Australian pharmacy news sources. Int J Pharm Pract. doi:10.1111/ijpp.12623

Erku, D. A., Zhang, R., Gartner, C. E.Morphett, K., & Steadman, K. J. (2020b). How are nicotine vaping products represented to pharmacists? A content analysis of Australian pharmacy news sources. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 5. doi:10.1111/ijpp.12623

Gill, N. S., Allan, J. A., Clark, B., & Rosen, A. (2020). Human rights implications of introducing a new mental health act - principles, challenges and opportunities. Australas Psychiatry, 28(2), 167-170. doi:10.1177/1039856220901483

Hadgraft, N. T., Winkler, E., Climie, R. E., Grace, M. S., Romero, L., Owen, N., . . . . Healy, G.,. . . . Dempsey, P. C. (2020). Effects of sedentary behaviour interventions on biomarkers of cardiometabolic risk in adults: systematic review with meta-analyses. Br J Sports Med. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2019-101154

Hall, W., Bonevski, B., & Gartner, C. (2020a). Policy-based evidence on e-cigarette, or vaping product, use-associated lung injury. Drug Alcohol Rev. doi:10.1111/dar.13072

Heath, A. K., Hodge, A. M., Ebeling, P. R., Kvaskoff, D., Eyles, D. W., Giles, G. G., . . . Williamson, E. J. (2020). Circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration and cause-specific mortality in the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol, 198, 105612. doi:10.1016/j.jsbmb.2020.105612

Ho, H. C., Chan, T. C., Xu, Z. W., Huang, C. R., & Li, C. C. (2020). Individual- and community-level shifts in mortality patterns during the January 2016 East Asia cold wave associated with a super El Nino event: Empirical evidence in Hong Kong. Science of the Total Environment, 711, 135050. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135050

Imai, C., Hall, L., Lambert, S. B., & Merollini, K. M. D. (2020). Presenteeism among health care workers with laboratory-confirmed influenza infection: A retrospective cohort study in Queensland, Australia. American Journal of Infection Control, 48(4), 355-360. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2019.07.024

Janda, M., Cust, A. E., Neale, R. E., Aitken, J. F., Baade, P. D., Green, A. C., . . . Whiteman, D. C. (2020). Early detection of melanoma: a consensus report from the Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Research Centre Melanoma Screening Summit. Aust N Z J Public Health, 44(2), 111-115. doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12972

Lorelei de Jesus, A., Thompson, H., Knibbs, L. D., Kowalski, M., Cyrys, J., Niemi, J. V., . . . Morawska, L. (2020). Long-term trends in PM2.5 mass and particle number concentrations in urban air: The impacts of mitigation measures and extreme events due to changing climates. Environ Pollut, 263(Pt A), 114500. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2020.114500

Majidi, A., Na, R., Dixon-Suen, S., Jordan, S. J., & Webb, P. M. (2020). Common medications and survival in women with ovarian cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Gynecol Oncol. doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2020.03.028

Mamun, A. A., Scott, J., Najman, J. M., Williams, G. M., Alati, R., & Fatima, Y. (2020). Generational changes in young adults' sleep duration: a prospective analysis of mother-offspring dyads. Sleep Health, 6(2), 240-245. doi:10.1016/j.sleh.2019.12.007

Melody, S. M., Wills, K., Knibbs, L. D., Ford, J., Venn, A., & Johnston, F. (2020). Maternal Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution and Pregnancy Complications in Victoria, Australia. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 17(7). doi:10.3390/ijerph17072572

Merollini, K. M. D., Gordon, L. G., Aitken, J. F., & Kimlin, M. G. (2020). Lifetime Costs of Surviving Cancer-A Queensland Study (COS-Q): Protocol of a Large Healthcare Data Linkage Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 17(8). doi:10.3390/ijerph17082831

Mishra, G. D. (2020). The associations between menopausal symptoms and mental well-being: the role of types of physical activity. Menopause-the Journal of the North American Menopause Society, 27(4), 380-381. doi:10.1097/gme.0000000000001543

Momen, N. C., Plana-Ripoll, O., Agerbo, E., Benros, M. E., Borglum, A. D., Christensen, M. K., . . . . . . . Whiteford, H. A., . . . . . McGrath, J. J. (2020). Association between Mental Disorders and Subsequent Medical Conditions. N Engl J Med, 382(18), 1721-1731. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1915784

Odebeatu, C. C., Taylor, T., Fleming, L. E., & Osborne, N. J. (2020). Correction to: Phthalates and asthma in children and adults: US NHANES 2007-2012. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int, 27(10), 11459. doi:10.1007/s11356-020-07869-3

Olsarova, K., & Mishra, G. D. (2020). Early life factors for endometriosis: a systematic review. Hum Reprod Update, 26(3), 412-422. doi:10.1093/humupd/dmaa002

Owen, N., Healy, G. N., Dempsey, P. C., Salmon, J., Timperio, A., Clark, B. K., . . . Dunstan, D. W. (2020 (April)). Sedentary Behavior and Public Health: Integrating the Evidence and Identifying Potential Solutions. In J. E. Fielding (Ed.), Annual Review of Public Health, Vol 41 (Vol. 41, pp. 265-287). Palo Alto: Annual Reviews.

Parker, S., Arnautovska, U., Siskind, D., Dark, F., McKeon, G., Korman, N., & Harris, M. (2020). Community-care unit model of residential mental health rehabilitation services in Queensland, Australia: predicting outcomes of consumers 1-year post discharge. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 29, 11. doi:10.1017/s2045796020000207

Peek, G., Olsen, C. M., Baade, P., Youlden, D. R., Aitken, J. F., Green, A. C., & Khosrotehrani, K. (2020). Survival in Patients with Multiple Primary Melanomas: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Am Acad Dermatol. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2020.03.076

Rizvi, S. S., Douglas, R., Williams, O. D., & Hill, P. S. (2020). The political economy of universal health coverage: a systematic narrative review. Health Policy Plan, 35(3), 364-372. doi:10.1093/heapol/czz171

Rowlands, I. J., Holder, C., Forder, P. M., Hegarty, K., Dobson, A. J., & Loxton, D. (2020). Consistency and Inconsistency of Young Women's Reporting of Intimate Partner Violence in a Population-Based Study. Violence against Women, 19. doi:10.1177/1077801220908324

Stamatakis, E., Koster, A., Hamer, M., Rangul, V., Lee, I. M., Bauman, A. E., . . . . . Atkin, A. J., . . . . . . Holtermann, A. (2020). Emerging collaborative research platforms for the next generation of physical activity, sleep and exercise medicine guidelines: the Prospective Physical Activity, Sitting, and Sleep consortium (ProPASS). Br J Sports Med, 54(8), 435-437. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2019-100786

Tu, L., Lv, X., Yuan, C., Zhang, M., Fan, Z., Xu, X., . . . Wang, H. (2020). Trajectories of cognitive function and their determinants in older people: 12 years of follow-up in the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey. Int Psychogeriatr, 1-11. doi:10.1017/s1041610220000538

Valentine, J. C., Hall, L., Spelman, T., Verspoor, K. M., Seymour, J. F., Rischin, D., . . . Worth, L. J. (2020a). Burden and clinical outcomes of hospital-coded infections in patients with cancer: an 11-year longitudinal cohort study at an Australian cancer centre. Supportive Care in Cancer, 12. doi:10.1007/s00520-020-05439-4

White, H., Venkatesh, B., Jones, M., Kruger, P. S., Walsham, J., & Fuentes, H. (2020). Inducing ketogenesis via an enteral formulation in patients with acute brain injury:a phase II study. Neurol Res, 42(4), 275-285. doi:10.1080/01616412.2019.1709743

Hall, Nina Lansbury, Creamer, Sandra, Anders, Wendy, Slatyer, Anthony and Hill, Peter S. (2020). Water and health interlinkages of the sustainable development goals in remote Indigenous Australia. npj Clean Water 3 (1) . https://doi.org/10.1038/s41545-020-0060-z

SPH staff news

Wednesday Night Trivia

Christian Kelly, Teaching and Development Project Officer is running trivia through Zoom on a Wednesday night as a great way for us to socially interact during this COVID-19 work from home period. If you are interested in joining in as a team or an individual please get in touch with Christian c.kelly4@uq.edu.au. It's lots of fun!

5 Minutes with Dr Megan Ferguson

Position: Senior Lecturer - Public Health Nutrition

How long have you been with SPH? 21 months

What do you like best about working at SPH? That there is always someone to share your own and their success and ‘please try again’ moments with.

What is something surprising that people may not know about you? Some of my happiest days have been putting one foot in front of the other to journey on some of the most majestic mountains – bit like grant writing – but much more pleasurable.

What has been your most memorable SPH moment? There’s many moments that come to mind really. Times like the genuine energy committed by all at the 2020 staff retreat and the ‘we’ve got this, and can learn from this’ approach to teaching through COVID-19, are among these moments.

Research news

Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship applications close at 1:00pm on Tuesday 12 May 2020. For more information click here.

April

SPH staff news

Congratulations to Associate Professor Linda Selvey who has been selected as chair of the new PHAA ‘COVID19 Technical Expert Response Committee’. It’s an illustrious team of renowned Public Health experts. Great work Lind for taking on this leadership role.

Congratulations to Davoud Pourmarzi who recently completed his PhD which was on community-based models of care for the elimination of Hepatitis C virus as a public health threat in Australia. The project was based on a collaboration with the Prince Charles Hospital. Davoud has had 6 papers published from the PhD and one under review currently. A fantastic achievement Davoud.

Welcome to Shannon Armstrong. Shannon will be Acting School Manager whilst Chris is on long service leave. Shannon has extensive experience in UQ and higher education and has prior experience as a School Manager, having worked in that capacity in SBMS. Shannon will be working Tuesday to Thursday each week. Continue to send all correspondence to generic School Manager email schoolmanager@sph.uq.edu.au.

5 Minutes with Associate Professor Lisa Hall

Position: Associate Professor in Epidemiology

How long have you been with SPH? I first joined SPH as a PhD student in 2000, as a member of the Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health and Nutrition.  When I graduated we were then part of the School of Population Health.  Fast forward a decade or so, including some time as an adjunct, I officially joined the School of Public Health in 2018.

What do you like best about working at SPH? Working with such a diverse, friendly group of people – through good times and bad, the SPH team always pulls together and supports each other.

What is something surprising that people may not know about you? I enjoy gardening and have quite a collection of succulents and bromeliads.

What has been your most memorable SPH moment? There are really too many to mention! However getting to work with students to co-design some new online teaching materials in 2019 was a real highlight.

Research news

Research funding opportunities

Closing Date: 22 April 2020.  11:30am US Pacific Time

Closing Date: Tuesday 12 May 2020. 1:00 pm AES

Key dates

• UQ internal close for NOI: 29 April 2020
• UQ internal close for full applications: 13 May 2020
• Minimum data requirements close in Sapphire: 13 May 2020 (5pm AEST)
• Applications close with NHMRC: 10 June 2020 (5pm AEST)

Key Dates

• Pre-applications (mandatory) due to UQ R&I: 20 April 2020
• Pre-applications (mandatory) close with US Department of Defense: 30 April 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (ET)
• Invitation from U.S. Department of Defense to submit a full application: June 2020
• Invited full applications close with US Department of Defense: 30 July 2020, 11:59pm ET

Australian Rotary Health

Australian Rotary Health Mental Health of Young Australians Postdoctoral Fellowships
Closing Date: Ongoing

ARC - Submission deadlines have been extended for the following schemes:

  • Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) 2021—29 April 2020
  • Linkage Projects 2020 Assessment Round 1—22 April 2020 
  • Special Research Initiative (SRI) for Australian Society, History and Culture—6 May 2020

NHMRC – To view the new submission dates for NHMRC grants please click here.

Kate Gadenne will be on leave from the 6 April 2020 until 18 April 2020. Please continue to send research related enquiries to the med.research.sph@uq.edu.au during this time.

Welcome to new staff

The School would like to welcome Dr Morris Carpenter, Senior Research Assistant with A/Professor Linda Selvey. Morris will be sitting in room 327 following the end of social distancing restrictions. He will be working on a series of projects in relation to hepatitis C elimination. Morris is a very experienced journalist and is in the process of a career transition from journalism to public health. He recently completed his PhD on use of eHealth in diabetes management.

5 Minutes with Cathy Swart

We have decided to feature a different staff member each SPH Update to answer a few questions. We are starting with one of our longest serving staff members Cathy Swart.

Position: Research Development Officer

How long have you been with SPH? I joined the entity that became the current School of Public Health in January 1999.  My now 21 year old daughter was 6 month old and my son wasn’t even an idea.

What do you like best about working at SPH? The exceptional staff, present and past, that are my colleagues, mentors, friends and confidants, the interesting and ever changing content I deal with and the feeling of being part of and not just working for the School.

What is something surprising that people may not know about you? In my late 20’s I backpacked around the Middle East and Europe for 4 years, I worked at the House of Commons, I hate all seafood (except for lemon pepper tuna in a small can) – exactly, who knew and I am a natural grey

What has been your most memorable SPH moment? The palpable change in workplace culture the School has had over the past few years.

Research news

ARC - Submission deadlines have been extended for the following schemes:

  • Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) 2021—29 April 2020
  • Linkage Projects 2020 Assessment Round 1—22 April 2020 
  • Special Research Initiative (SRI) for Australian Society, History and Culture—6 May 2020

NHMRC – To view the new submission dates for NHMRC grants please click here.

Kate Gadenne will be on leave from the 6 April 2020 until 18 April 2020. Please continue to send research related enquiries to the med.research.sph@uq.edu.au during this time.

March publications

Well done to all SPH staff who had publications released in March.

  • Brookfield, S., Dean, J., Forrest, C., Jones, J., & Fitzgerald, L. (2020). Barriers to Accessing Sexual Health Services for Transgender and Male Sex Workers: A Systematic Qualitative Meta-summary. AIDS and Behavior, 24(3), 682-696. doi:10.1007/s10461-019-02453-4
  • Bui, D. S., Perret, J. L., Haydn Walters, E., Abramson, M. J., Burgess, J. A., Bui, M. Q., . . . Dharmage, S. C. (2020). Lifetime Risk Factors for Pre- And Post-Bronchodilator Lung Function Decline A Population-based Study. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 17(3), 302-312. doi:10.1513/AnnalsATS.201904-329OC
  • Campbell, B., Simpson, J. A., Bui, D. S., Lodge, C. J., Lowe, A. J., Matheson, M. C., . . . Dharmage, S. C. (2020). Early menarche is associated with lower adult lung function: A longitudinal cohort study from the first to sixth decade of life. Respirology, 25(3), 289-297. doi:10.1111/resp.13643
  • Cerin, E., Barnett, A., Chaix, B., Nieuwenhuijsen, M. J., Caeyenberghs, K., Jalaludin, B., . . . Anstey, K. J. (2020). International Mind, Activities and Urban Places (iMAP) study: methods of a cohort study on environmental and lifestyle influences on brain and cognitive health. BMJ open, 10(3), e036607. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036607
  • Dam, V., Dobson, A. J., Onland-Moret, N. C., van der Schouw, Y. T., & Mishra, G. D. (2020). Vasomotor menopausal symptoms and cardiovascular disease risk in midlife: A longitudinal study. Maturitas, 133, 32-41. doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2019.12.011
  • Gao, J., Zheng, Q., Lai, F. Y., Gartner, C., Du, P., Ren, Y., . . . Thai, P. K. (2020). Using wastewater-based epidemiology to estimate consumption of alcohol and nicotine in major cities of China in 2014 and 2016. Environment International, 136, 105492. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2020.105492
  • Gao, J. F., Zheng, Q. D., Lai, F. Y., Gartner, C., Du, P., Ren, Y., . . . Thai, P. K. (2020). Using wastewater-based epidemiology to estimate consumption of alcohol and nicotine in major cities of China in 2014 and 2016. Environment International, 136, 105492. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2020.105492
  • Glasziou, P., & Doust, J. (2020). In patients with hypertension, taking all BP-lowering drugs at bedtime vs in the morning reduced CV events. Annals of Internal Medicine, 172(6), JC29. doi:10.7326/ACPJ202003170-029
  • Gray, R. T., Callander, D., Hocking, J. S., McGregor, S., McManus, H., Dyda, A., Moreira CBraat SHengel BWard JWilson DPDonovan BKaldor JM Guy, R. J. (2020). Population-level diagnosis and care cascade for chlamydia in Australia. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 96(2), 131-136. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2018-053801
  • Greenwood, K. P., & Reid, S. A. (2020). Clustering of cryptosporidiosis in Queensland, Australia, is not defined temporally or by spatial diversity. International Journal for Parasitology, 50(3), 209-216. doi:10.1016/j.ijpara.2019.11.010
  • Ho, C. L. B., Breslin, M., Chowdhury, E. K., Doust, J., Reid, C. M., Davis, B. R., . . . Nelson, M. R. (2020). Lack of a significant legacy effect of baseline blood pressure 'treatment naivety' on all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial. Journal of Hypertension, 38(3), 519-526. doi:10.1097/HJH.0000000000002280
  • Ho, C. L. B., Sanders, S., Breslin, M., Doust, J., Reid, C. M., Davis, B. R., . . . Nelson, M. R. (2020). Legacy effect of delayed blood pressure lowering drug treatment in middle-aged adults with mildly elevated blood pressure: systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Human Hypertension. doi:10.1038/s41371-020-0323-7
  • Hu, Y., Xu, Z., Jiang, F., Li, S., Liu, S., Wu, M., . . . Tong, S. (2020). Relative impact of meteorological factors and air pollutants on childhood allergic diseases in Shanghai, China. Science of the Total Environment, 706, 135975. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135975
  • Hu, Y. B., Xu, Z. W., Jiang, F., Li, S. H., Liu, S. J., Wu, M. Q., Yan, C. H., Tan, J. G., Yu, G. J., Hu, Y., Yin, Y., Tong, S. L. (2020). Relative impact of meteorological factors and air pollutants on childhood allergic diseases in Shanghai, China. Science of the Total Environment, 706, 135975. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.13597:5
  • Juliastuti, D., Dean, J., & Fitzgerald, L. (2020). Sexual and reproductive health of women living with HIV in Muslim-majority countries: a systematic mixed studies review. BMC international health and human rights, 20(1), 5. doi:10.1186/s12914-020-00225-z
  • Madaniyazi, L., Guo, Y., Williams, G., Jaakkola, J. J. K., Wu, S., & Li, S. (2020). The nonlinear association between outdoor temperature and cholesterol levels, with modifying effect of individual characteristics and behaviors. International Journal of Biometeorology, 64(3), 367-375. doi:10.1007/s00484-019-01816-9
  • McMullan, B. J., Hall, L., James, R., Mostaghim, M., Jones, C. A., Konecny, P., Blyth, C. C. Thursky, K. A.  National Antimicrobial Prescribing, S. (2020). Antibiotic appropriateness and guideline adherence in hospitalized children: Results of a nationwide study. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 75(3), 738-746. doi:10.1093/jac/dkz474
  • Parker, S., Arnautovska, U., Siskind, D., Dark, F., McKeon, G., Korman, N., & Harris, M. (2020). Community-care unit model of residential mental health rehabilitation services in Queensland, Australia: Predicting outcomes of consumers 1-year post discharge. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 29, e109. doi:10.1017/S2045796020000207
  • Pateman, K., Huang, J., Ford, P. J., Mutch, A., Freeman, C. R., & Taing, M. W. (2020). Consumer perspectives on pharmacy staff roles in providing oral health services in Australia. Health and Social Care in the Community, 28(2), 524-532. doi:10.1111/hsc.12885
  • Selvey, L. A., Roux, F., & Burns, S. (2020). Potential process improvements to increase coverage of human papillomavirus vaccine in schools – A focus on schools with low vaccine uptake. Vaccine, 38(14), 2971-2977. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.02.047
  • Stewart, L. M., Stewart, C. J. R., Spilsbury, K., Cohen, P. A., & Jordan, S. (2020). Association between pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy and the development of ovarian serous borderline tumor, mucinous borderline tumor and low-grade serous carcinoma. Gynecologic Oncology, 156(3), 611-615. doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2020.01.027
  • Stokes, C. M., Alonso, J., Andrade, L. H., Atwoli, L., Cardoso, G., Chiu, W. T., Chiu, W. T., Dinolova, R. V., Gureje, O., Karam, A. N., Karam, E. G., Kessler, R. C., Chatterji, S., King, A., Lee, S., Mneimneh, Z., Oladeji, B. D., Petukhova, M., Rapsey, C., Sampson, N. A., Scott, K., Street, A., Viana, M. C., Williams, M. A., Bossarte, R. M., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Al-Hamzawi, A., Al-Kaisy, M. S., Benjet, C., Borges, G., Bromet, E. J., Bruffaerts, R., Bunting, B., de Almeida, J. M. C., Cia, A. H., Degenhardt, L., Demyttenaere, K., Fayyad, J., Florescu, S., de Girolamo, G., Haro, J. M., He, Y., Hinkov, H., Hu, C. Y., Huang, Y., de Jonge, P., Karam, A. N., Kawakami, N., Kiejna, A., Kovess-Masfety, V., Lepine, J. P., Levinson, D., McGrath, J., Medina-Mora, M. E., Moskalewicz, J., Navarro-Mateu, F., Pennell, B. E., Piazza, M., Posada-Villa, J., Scott, K. M., Slade, T., Stagnaro, J. C., Stein, D. J., Have, M., Torres, Y., Whiteford, H., Williams, D. R., Wojtyniak, B., on behalf of the, W. H. O. World Mental Health Survey Collaborators. (2020). Pre-marital predictors of marital violence in the WHO World Mental Health (WMH) Surveys. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 55(3), 393-405. doi:10.1007/s00127-019-01703-z
  • Walter, C. M., Schneider-Futschik, E. K., Knibbs, L. D., & Irving, L. B. (2020). Health impacts of bushfire smoke exposure in Australia. Respirology. doi:10.1111/resp.13798
  • Ward, J. S., Hengel, B., Ah Chee, D., Havnen, O., & Boffa, J. D. (2020). Setting the record straight: sexually transmissible infections and sexual abuse in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Medical Journal of Australia, 212(5), 205-207.e201. doi:10.5694/mja2.50492
  • Watson, C., Smith, K., Latif, A., Armstrong, W., Ward, J., Guy, R., & Senior, K. (2020). Contextual and behavioural risk factors for sexually transmissible infections in young Aboriginal people in central Australia: A qualitative study. Sexual Health. doi:10.1071/SH19181
  • Xu, Z., Bambrick, H., Frentiu, F. D., Devine, G., Yakob, L., Williams, G., & Hu, W. (2020). Projecting the future of dengue under climate change scenarios: Progress, uncertainties and research needs. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 14(3), e0008118. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0008118
  • Xu, Z., Bambrick, H., Yakob, L., Devine, G., Frentiu, F. D., Villanueva Salazar, F., . . . Hu, W. (2020). High relative humidity might trigger the occurrence of the second seasonal peak of dengue in the Philippines. Science of the Total Environment, 708, 134849. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134849
  • Xu, Z., Hu, X., Tong, S., & Cheng, J. (2020). Heat and risk of acute kidney injury: An hourly-level case-crossover study in queensland, Australia. Environmental Research, 182, 109058. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2019.109058
  • Xu, Z. W., Bambrick, H., Yakob, L., Devine, G., Frentiu, F. D., Salazar, F. V., . . . Hu, W. B. (2020). High relative humidity might trigger the occurrence of the second seasonal peak of dengue in the Philippines. Science of the Total Environment, 708, 134849. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134849

CAHP deadlines

For information on CAHP deadlines please click here.

Semester dates

To view the Academic Calendar please click here.

March

A Message from the Head of School

Our lives have all been overtaken, and perhaps for some overwhelmed, by SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes – Covid-19. The speed of the shift from a local problem being contained in Wuhan and Hubei province in China to a pandemic has surprised many of us well versed in the theory and practice of epidemics and the health sector response. Whether we like it or not, we all now have to respond in our personal and professional lives, coping with the increasing challenges and threats Covid-19 throws at us.

The University has been very quick to react and to work out how we best respond in uncertain and very stressful times. With many students quarantined in China and unable to enrol or return to classes, we have had to move rapidly to exclusive on-line teaching and to try to reassure all our anxious students how we would support then during first Semester and beyond; whilst ensuring their quality education was not at risk and that their health would be protected in ways that minimised their potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2.

The University’s response is predicated on how front-line academics can respond to the need to move as much as possible to providing on-line teaching, tutoring and assessments. The closer you get to the classroom the more arduous and time-consuming this becomes. Even with the extra resources and support available, and a week in which teaching has been suspended, the challenges mount up even as we plan for home delivery outside the UQ flipped classrooms.

I have been incredibly impressed how we have all responded as a School committed to ensuring continuity of study for our students whatever level of study they are enrolled for. It has been hard, very hard, for all of us but we have worked together, shared solutions and practical tips; and worked as one. Robust and dynamic organisations respond well to challenges and become more cohesive. This is exactly how we have responded – we are all in this together and all want the same for ourselves and our students. I am very proud of how SPH has coped. No wonder we have such a high Global Ranking!

We are not over this – indeed it is likely that it will get tougher as the need to practice social isolation ratchets up, and perhaps the inevitability that staff and students will get infected and fall sick. But we can continue as we have started, working as one, pressing on regardless and looking to the future when the epidemic has peaked, effective therapies identified and the vaccine is available.

In the meantime, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and keep washing your hands! 

Charles

Teaching and learning news

ITaLI has a fantastic resource to all teaching staff to assist with teaching during this difficult time.

Research news

The objective of the Ideas Grant Scheme is to support focused, innovative research projects. The scheme fosters creative research for teams of 1-10 Chief Investigators at all career stages to address specific question/s in any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation (except where a Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies is the primary objective). 

Ideas grants applications will be completed in Sapphire, with the scheme open on 11th March 2020.

The objective of the Clinical Trials and Cohort (CT&CS) Studies scheme is to support high-quality clinical trials and cohort studies that address important gaps in knowledge, leading to relevant and implementable findings for the benefit of human health. Teams of up to 10 Chief Investigators may seek funding for up to five years. Laboratory-based research or mechanistic studies that are not clinical trials or cohort studies should be directed to other grant opportunities, such as the NHMRC’s Ideas Grant Scheme. CT&CS grant application will be completed in RGMS, with the scheme opening on 6th March 2020. UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) Information session: 3 April 2020.

Please contact Kate or Cathy if you are going to be submitting this round.

SPH staff updates

  • Congratulations to Katherine Cullerton who has been invited to be plenary speaker at the World Congress of Public Health Nutrition.
  • Congratulations to PhD student Meron Lewis who recently passed her confirmation. Well done Meron a great achievement.

Teaching and learning news

We hope that everyone has had a positive start to the teaching semester.

A reminder to Course Coordinators regarding the University’s new group work policy. Where group assessment is summative, Course Coordinators must ensure that the assessment is criterion-referenced, linked to the learning objectives of the course, transparent, fair and equitable.

To enable compliance:

  1. The need for group work must be necessary to achieve the course objectives, and hence be specified as a learning objective in the course profile; and
  2. Students must have had the opportunity to learn how to work effectively in teams / groups either by way of specific training in the course or pre-requisite course, or an online course; and
  3. Course Coordinators must provide students with resources and support within the course to enable management of cases in which groups are not functioning effectively, with directions to these resources and support given in the course profile.

For examples of resources, please contact Christian, Bec or Karen in the Teaching Development Team.

Research news

Congratulations to the below staff on recent publications.

Lisa Buckley - Buckley, L., Reveruzzi, B., Dingli, K., Chapman, R.L., Sheehan, M. Skills for Preventing Injury in Youth: Evaluating change in adolescent alcohol use, violence, and road-related injuries. Youth & Society.

*Moving forward we will be receiving a monthly report on staff publications and these will be added to the following SPH Update edition.

Grants

The objective of the Ideas Grant Scheme is to support focused, innovative research projects. The scheme fosters creative research for teams of 1-10 Chief Investigators at all career stages to address specific question/s in any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation (except where a Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies is the primary objective). 

Ideas grants applications will be completed in Sapphire, with the scheme open on 11th March 2020.

The objective of the Clinical Trials and Cohort (CT&CS) Studies scheme is to support high-quality clinical trials and cohort studies that address important gaps in knowledge, leading to relevant and implementable findings for the benefit of human health. Teams of up to 10 Chief Investigators may seek funding for up to five years. Laboratory-based research or mechanistic studies that are not clinical trials or cohort studies should be directed to other grant opportunities, such as the NHMRC’s Ideas Grant Scheme. CT&CS grant application will be completed in RGMS, with the scheme opening on 6th March 2020. UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) Information session: 3 April 2020.

Please contact Kate or Cathy if you are going to be submitting this round.

CAHP deadlines

For information on CAHP deadlines please click here.

SPH reminders

Attend our SPH Seminar Series every Tuesday from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Upcoming Seminars include:

  • Tuesday 10 March at 1:00pm – Effective Pedagogies for Active Learning
  • Tuesday 17 March at 12:45pm - P3 (People, Planning and Performance) Project
  • Tuesday 24 March at 1:00pm – And insight to the PhD Oral Examination Process: A Lived Experience

If you miss attending a seminar session, recordings are available here.

For all research and consultancy support contact med.research.sph@uq.edu.au

February

SPH staff updates

Congratulations to HSR Course Manager ‘Dr’ Liz Barber who recently completed her PhD. Well done Liz a fantastic achievement.

UQ Awards for Excellence

Reminder that the UQ Award for Excellence nominations are open and are due by Monday 2 March, 2020. To submit a nomination click here.

Teaching and learning news

A seminar on ‘Effective Pedagogies for Active Learning’ will be held at 1pm on Tuesday 3rd March as part of the SPH Seminar Series. This will be a practical workshop offering a range of active learning strategies for you to try with your students in Semester 1.

A reminder for any Course Coordinators teaching courses with students affected by the coronavirus there is a useful page available on the ITaLI website. Please also feel free to contact the Teaching Development team – Karen, Bec and Christian for any support.

Research news

Congratulations to Associate Professor Nick Osborne who recently had a paper published.

Journal Article:

  1. Christoper E.L Owens, Mark L. Angles, Peter T.Cox, Paul M. Byleveld, Nicholas J. Osborne, Md Bayzid Rahman. Implementation of quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) for public drinking water supplies: Systematic Review. 0043-1354/ 2020 Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2020.115614

Semester Dates

Orientation Week: 17–21 February

Semester 1 commences: 24 February

Master of Public Health (Health Promotion) achieves accreditation with the IUHPE

Congratulations to the Master of Public Health (Health Promotion) which has recently achieved full accreditation by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), allowing our graduates to fast track their journey to becoming IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioners through the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) their partner in Australia. Read the full story.

SPH staff updates

The school would like to welcome Dr Anton Lord, Anton finished his PhD in 2015 in the school of Psychology, UQ, applying machine learning on neuroimaging data to predict the risk of mental health disorders such as Bipolar disorder and depression.  Anton then spent time in Research Fellow positions in Germany before returning to Australia and has most recently been working at QIMR Berghofer.  

Teaching and learning news

Authentic Assessment: The four authentic assessment videos the Learning Development team developed late last year are now available on the SPH intranet.  Thanks to Simon, Britta, Linda, Sheleigh and Amy for their contributions. To check out the videos click here.

PadletUQ: PadletUQ now automatically generates an individual Padlet for each student in a course, based on a template, where students are able to add text, media, videos and other content to it. Padlets can be marked via a Grade Centre column, which is automatically created. This functionality is an alternative to formative and summative assessment tasks involving blogs, journals or Pinterest-style boards. Adopter support is available for teaching staff interested in implementing new Padlet functionality. If you are interested in volunteering for adopter support contact elearningadvisors@uq.edu.au

Research news

The SPH research team is conducting an audit of hard copy research records being stored either at SPH or offsite to ensure we are compliant with The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018. If you have hardcopy research records that are in storage either at SPH, offsite in another UQ building, or in our official UQ archive facility, please fill in the form here.

CAHP deadlines

For information on CAHP deadlines please click here.

January

SPH staff updates

The school would like to welcome back Dr Shamshad Karatela who will take up the position of Course Coordinator for PUBH7113 – Global Health & Development. 

Research news

2020 Winter Research Program provides an opportunity for motivated and high achieving UQ students to experience research and enhance their employability. I hope that you will continue to participate in this program and provide projects for the 2020 round. EOI Forms  are due by COB on 7 February, 2020. Please submit only one EOI per research unit.   

SPH Seminar Series

The 2020 SPH Seminar Series will commence on Tuesday 18 February from 1-2pm. A flyer will follow soon. We are still looking for seminar presenters so please contact med.research.sph@uq.edu.au if you want to present. The seminars are a good opportunity to:

  •  highlight recent teaching or research achievements
  • showcase the work of a visiting academic,
  • practise your oral defence if you are an HDR student, or
  • seek collaborators for a project you’re keen to get up and running.

Welcome to New Staff

The School would like to welcome Dr Silvia Ciochetta, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with Dr Maggy Lord. Dr Ciochetta will be situated on the ground floor in Room 017. Welcome also to Sewunet Admasu, PhD student with Professor Linda Selvey. Sewunet will be located on Level 4 in Room 4009.

SPH staff updates

Congratulations to Libby Kelly who has been appointed on a continuing basis as Executive Assistant to Head of School, School of Public Health. Libby has been acting in this role for a number of years and has been doing a fantastic job. Renee Tayler who has been seconded to the Teaching Support Officer role since returning from Parental Leave has now been appointed to this position on a continuing basis.

Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Kate Gadenne, Rebecca Johnson and Karen Lea Shelley who were successful in receiving a Service Excellence Award at the Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards Night on Friday 6 December. A great recognition for the amazing work you all do to contribute to the success of the School. 

Research news

Congratulations to Dr Megan Ferguson and her team for their successful application under the Targeted Call for Research in Nutrition with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, “Giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children the best start in life: improving healthy food affordability and food security in remote Australia”.  The grant amount was $2.1M, a wonderful achievement Megan and Team.

Participants needed for PhD research

Halim Moore, a tutor for Health, Society & Research and a PhD researcher at QUT, is seeking participants for his study investigating the use of two mobile apps and their effect on appetite and food preference. If you are interested please contact Halim at halim.moore@hdr.qut.edu.au.

Research study looking for participants

Are you a University of Queensland employees who uses a sit-stand desk or workstation and also experiences lower back pain (LBP)? If so, RECOVER researchers would like to invite you to participate in a research study. The study is investigating the impact of sit-stand recommendations on LBP. For more information contact Dr Charlotte Brakenridge on (07) 3346 4816 or email c.brakenridge@uq.edu.au or see the study recruitment page.

December

SPH staff updates

Congratulations to Cathy Swart who was recently successful in securing a continuing appointment as Research Development Officer. Cathy has been performing the role on a fixed term basis and has done a fantastic job. Congratulations also to Nyree Divitini (previous RDO) who was successful in obtaining a continuing appointment as a Research Partnership Manager with the Faculty.

Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards

Congratulations to all SPH staff who were nominated for a Faculty of Medicine Excellence Award. It was great to see staff nominated in a number of the categories and a fantastic achievement to be recognised by your peers.

Research news

The Mental Health Policy and Economics Group - Centre for Mental Health Research has recently had the below publications released.

Journals:

  1. Huo, Y., Bao, Y., Scheurer, R., & Leung, J. (2019). Childhood-onset mental disorders in six regions of China: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the prevalence and data coverage of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, and autism spectrum disorders. The Lancet, 394, S31. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(19)32367-0

Participants needed for PhD research

Halim Moore, a tutor for Health, Society & Research and a PhD researcher at QUT, is seeking participants for his study investigating the use of two mobile apps and their effect on appetite and food preference. If you are interested please contact Halim at halim.moore@hdr.qut.edu.au.

Research study looking for participants

Are you a University of Queensland employees who uses a sit-stand desk or workstation and also experiences lower back pain (LBP)? If so, RECOVER researchers would like to invite you to participate in a research study. The study is investigating the impact of sit-stand recommendations on LBP. For more information contact Dr Charlotte Brakenridge on (07) 3346 4816 or email c.brakenridge@uq.edu.au or see the study recruitment page.

SPH meetings

  • SPH Staff Forum: Monday 9 December, 11:00am - 12:00pm, Room 4401, Oral Health Building. There will be a BBQ lunch in the SPH Courtyard following the meeting.
  • Planetary Health and Health Protection Divisional Meeting: Thursday 12 December, 10:00am –11:00am, Café Dose.

Graduation ceremonies 

Graduation ceremonies will be held from 2 - 20 December, 2019. For more information on graduations please click here.

November

CAHP Deadlines

 For information on CAHP deadlines please click here.

Re:produce workshop

Lack of reproducibility of scientific claims has been a recurrent topic in many branches of science and the source of public debate in recent years. The re:produce workshop aims to bring together early-and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) and PhD students from a range of disciplines to discuss these challenges and find effective solutions to make their research more open and verifiable.  The re:produce workshop will be held in Brisbane on 10-11 December 2019,  and includes two days of hands-on learning and practical solutions addressing the reproducibility of research. The workshop is organised by a team of researchers from the University of Queensland and the University of Southern Queensland. More information about how to register, mobility grants and program can be found here.

Call for projects 'Fonds Pacifique' 2020

The Embassy of France in Australia is currently inviting applications to apply to the Fonds Pacifique fund (Fund for economic, social, and cultural cooperation for the Pacific). The fund will support projects that strengthen the regional integration of New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Wallis and Futuna islands. Projects must be submitted by November 29 2019.

SPH Committee Meetings

  • Health Promotion and Equity Divisional Meeting: Thursday 28 November, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, SPH Boardroom (Room 210)
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Divisional Research Meeting: Thursday 28 November, 11:00am - 12:00pm, SPH Boardroom (Room 210)

Research news

The Mental Health Policy and Economics Group - Centre for Mental Health Research has recently had the below publications released.

Journals:

  1. Beere, D., Page, I. S., Diminic, S., & Harris, M. (2019). A mixed methods evaluation of an integrated adult mental health service model. BMC Health Services Research, 19(1), 691. doi:10.1186/s12913-019-4501-7
  2. Michel, C., Schmidt, S. J., Schnyder, N., Flückiger, R., Käufeler, I., Schimmelmann, B. G., & Schultze-Lutter, F. (2019). Associations of psychosis-risk symptoms with quality of life and self-rated health in the Community. European Psychiatry, 62, 116-123. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpsy.2019.08.008
  3. Sara, G., Arumuganathan, M., Chen, W., Wu, F., Currow, D., Large, M., . . . Burgess, P. M. (2019). Cohort profile: Mental Health Living Longer: a population-wide data linkage to understand and reduce premature mortality in mental health service users in New South Wales, Australia. BMJ Open, 9(11), e033588. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033588   https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/bmjopen/9/11/e033588.full.pdf

Conferences:

  1. Burgess, & Harris. (2019). Mental Health Outcomes: Australia’s specialised public sector mental health services [Oral presentation]. Paper presented at the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) Mental Health Metrics Match, Washington DC, 9-10 September 2019.
  2. Schnyder, Lawrence, Panczak, Sawyer, Whiteford, Burgess, & Harris. (2019). Adolescent-parent agreement on perceived need for and barriers to care. Or: how acceptable are adolescents’ mental health services? Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Youth Mental Health Brisbane Convention Centre 26 - 28 October https://www.iaymh2019.com/
  3. Huo, Y. P., Bao, Y., Scheurer, R. W., & Leung, J. (2019). Childhood-onset Mental Disorders in 6 geographical regions in China: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Autistic Disorder [Oral presentation]. Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Youth Mental Health Brisbane. https://www.iaymh2019.com/
  4. Burgess, P., Harris, M., Coombs, T., & Dickson, R. (2019). Phase of Care: have we got the building blocks right? Paper presented at the AMHOIC Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel - Auckland. https://www.amhoic.nz/
  5. Harris, M., Burgess, P., Arnautovska, U., Woody, C., & Coombs, T. (2019). Consumer-reported outcome measures: why bother asking? Paper presented at the AMHOIC Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel - Auckland. https://www.amhoic.nz/

Teaching news

The School recently received good news with confirmation that the Health Promotion plan within the MPH is now an accredited course with the Australian Health Promotion Association and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).   A big thank you to Sheleigh Lawler, Rebecca Johnson and the Health Promotion Team for their work in assuring this was achieved.

SPH Staff Updates

A massive congratulations to Cathy Swart who was acknowledged by the VC for reaching 25 years of service at UQ. A fantastic achievement and we would like to thank you for all your hard work and dedication whilst being employed within the School of Public Health.

Lecturer Dr Preetha Thomas, Senior Lecturers Dr Bronwyn Clark and Dr Maggy Lord and Associate Professor Allyson Mutch were successful in their recent applications for promotion. This is huge individual milestone and the school would like to congratulate you all on this great achievement.

Teaching news

Congratulations to Associate Professor Allyson Mutch who received a prestigious UQ 2019 Award for Teaching Excellence. This award acknowledges your contribution and commitment to enriching the learning experiences of students at UQ and is a fitting tribute to your dedication and commitment over the years to teaching equity and social determinants of health.

Congratulations to Sheleigh Lawler, Britta Wigginton, Karen Shelley and Rebecca Johnson on receiving the Faculty of Medicine Award for Programs that Enhance Learning at the recent Faculty Teaching and Learning Award Ceremony for the Health Promotion component of the Master of Public Health Program. Also a big thank you to Amy Hickman, Francis Nona and Julie Ball for your work supporting postgraduate Health Promotion Program at the school.

The School hosted a successful Teaching and Learning Week Showcase on Authentic assessment. The video presentation was a wonderful opportunity to highlight and celebrate some of the innovative work being done in the School of Public Health, to inspire colleagues to try new assessment approaches, and to stimulate conversation around the inclusion of authentic assessment

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 sph.teachandlearn@uq.edu.au.

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.

September

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. 

August

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.