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.