January

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.