Staff Hub

With the mass transition to work from home arrangements for staff, we have introduced a new wellness and support webpage for staff to access the latest announcements and resources while we work from home.


UQ RAP: Stretch RAP

UQ’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was launched in 2018 to help the UQ community meaningfully engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We're now focused on developing the next stage of the UQ RAP — the Stretch RAP and we'd like your help.

We encourage all UQ staff to participate in a consultation workshop, to be conducted in February or March, to help with this process. Please register by 9am on Monday 13 FebruaryFind out more.

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) scams

Modern scams can be highly sophisticated, making it difficult to know what is real and what is fake. To help stay safe, take a moment before clicking or responding to an unexpected MFA request and ask yourself: Is this legitimate? Find out more.

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People and culture

Are you looking to grow your leadership capabilities?

The Ventures LeadHers Staff Day on 10 February seeks to support emerging female leaders in the university to reach their full potential. During the half-day program, you will network and learn from women leading in their fields and develop the skills needed to take the first steps in your entrepreneurial and leadership journey. You'll gain access to a community of UQ staff that lift each other beyond the program and support one another through peer mentoring. Open to all women who are UQ staff. Find out more and register to attend.

UQ Ventures Open House

Come along to the Ventures Open House where entrepreneurial ideas become reality. UQ Ventures is opening its doors to the community to give everyone a chance to find out what Ventures is all about. The event will include a student panel discussion, program information activations, the chance to win a Ventures merchandise pack and free brownies. Make sure to drop in on Thursday 23 February, 10am-2pm, at the St Lucia campus. Find out more.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) staff focus groups

The UQ Cultural Inclusion Committee (CIC) is seeking Expression of Interests from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) staff to participate in a one hour focus groupThis consultation aims to inform the CIC about CALD staff career progression experiences at UQ and to identify barriers to promotion and career progression.

The focus group insights will contribute to progressing the UQ CALD Staff Inclusion Action Plan, which seeks to enable all staff full access to the rich diversity of opportunities on offer at UQ. The focus group will be held 10-11am on Thursday 2 March. All CALD staff, regardless of their career trajectory at UQ, are welcomed to participate. Please complete this EOI. Feedback is also being accepted from those who are unable to participate.

View archived People and culture announcements

Teaching and learning

Ready to Teach Week

Ready to Teach Week, on from 6-10 February, is a program of online and in-person activities designed to help staff prepare course materials for the upcoming semester. Find out more.

View archived Teaching and Learning announcements

Professional development 

View archived Professional Development announcements


QDHeC appointments 

Congratulations to Professor Jason Pole who has been appointed Deputy Director of the Queensland Digital Health Centre (QDHeC). Jason brings a wealth of experience as a scientist working in the hospital and healthcare industry in Canada and Australia, and has a strong track record of publications and dedication to research that changes lives. He will lead the research arm of QDHeC, to drive this ground-breaking work.

Congratulations, also, to Vicki Hobson-Green who has been appointed Deputy Director Operations, and welcome to Dr Rebekah Eden. Thanks to HERA funding,  the Business School was able to recruit Rebekah to fill a five-year research-focused position to accelerate UQ's interdisciplinary research on digital health. She will work with QDHeC and the Business School's Future of Health research hub. Welcome, also to Professor Barbora de Courten,  Deputy Dean RMIT Health, who will be with QDHeC for the next six months working on a number of digital health projects.

UQ medical students in your research
Please be aware there is a mandatory process for involving UQ medical students in Extra-Curricular Research to help ensure a safe and quality experience for everyone involved. Please discuss this with students before they commence any research with you and refer them to the Student Research Portal for further information.

Emory-UQ Collaborative Partnership Research Grant

Applications are now open for the Emory-UQ Collaborative Partnership Research GrantThis program fosters the broadening of international research and engagement between Emory University and UQ. It  is open to all UQ schools and disciplines with a focus on innovative and sustainable projects built around collaborative research and engagement. Up to two applications will be funded in 2023, receiving up to USD $10,000 each from their respective institution for a total of up to USD $20,000. Applications close 1 March. In 2021, the UQ Child Health Research Centre (CHRC) successfully secured a grant for its GoFAR project. Find out more.

Children's Brain Cancer Conference (CBCC)

Submit an abstract for potential inclusion in the Children's Brain Cancer Conference program on 23- 24 March at the Sofitel Brisbane Central. Visit the Children's Brain Cancer Conference website for submission guidelines and view the abstract page if you are interested in submitting your work. For any questions, contact the program manager.

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) PhD supervision opportunity

CUHK is now accepting applications for its International Joint Supervision of PhD Students Scheme 2023-24 from full-time academic staff across all disciplines. The University of Queensland is one of CUHK's priority partners in this scheme, which enables PhD students to experience a research attachment for at least six months. While joint projects in all areas will be considered, those that fall within the following four strategic research areas of the CUHK Strategic Plan will be given priority:

  1. China: Tradition and Modernity;
  2. Innovative Biomedicine;
  3. Information and Automation Technology; and
  4. Environment and Sustainability  

Application close 17 February.

View archived Research announcements

Event approvals

Anyone planning an event should begin by visiting the UQ events information page here to ensure they get the latest information about the events approval process, and access to the current application forms. Following current procedures and using the latest forms will avoid delays in the approval process.

UQ Mayne Events Space

Need a space to host your next event? Close and convenient to the Brisbane CBD, The Mayne Events Space boasts rooms perfect for private dinners, conferences, or workshops. Event booking information and room details can be found in our event compendium and via the Mayne Events Space websiteContact the team today for a personalised event proposal.


German-Australian Medtech Cooperations in Queensland

You are invited to the German-Australian Medtech Cooperations in Queensland event on Thursday 1 February at the Herston Health Precinct. This event is hosted by the AHK Australien Health Cluster, featuring our own Professor Owen Ung, Director of the MNHHS Comprehensive Breast Cancer Institute. The cost is free for members and $30 for non-members. Find out more.

Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research Scientific Symposium

The Queensland Brain Institute’s (QBI) Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research (CJCADR) is holding a scientific symposium at 2pm on 8-10 February with local, interstate, and international speakers. The event will explore the topic: Advances in imaging, disease mechanisms and therapies for ageing dementia research. Find out more and register to attend.

U21 2023 Presidential Symposium and Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The 2023 Presidential Symposium and AGM will be held at the UQ St Lucia Campus from Wednesday to Friday 26 - 28 April.  The symposium, entitled 'Partnering for Change - what role do universities have in achieving a net-zero future?', will focus on how U21 members can play a critical role in global efforts to address climate change and the transition to a more sustainable future.

The Presidential Symposium Session will be held in-person and online on Wednesday 26 April and is open to staff at any U21 member university. Expressions of interest are now open for speakers at the event. Find out more.

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Sun protection in the sunshine state

When its comes to sunshine, Queensland has a proud reputation as the sunshine state! However, more than half of Queenslanders experience sunburn each year. Professor Monika Janda recently explained in an ABC interview how you can still enjoy our famous sunshine and stay sun safe. Listen to learn more.

From the Director’s desk

Welcome back! I hope that you had a wonderful relaxing break with loved ones and are refreshed and ready for 2023! This year is already shaping up to be an exciting one with many opportunities to build on our several successes last year.

We send our best wishes to Dr Lauren Angel, CHSR's RDO, as she embarks on the journey of parenthood! Please join me in welcoming Uwe Dressel as our new RDO, while Lauren is away. I know many of you are already headlong into grant writing, so please reach out to Uwe and Casey for all your research support needs.

We are trialling a new weekly CHSR seminar series this year, which will run every Wednesday 12.30-1.30pm. Each week will feature one of our CHSR teams, so please be sure to join us when you can.

Finally a congratulations on the wonderful success enjoyed at the 2022 Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards in December 2022.

Winner of The of the Innovators of the year award – UQKeyPoint Team led by Associate Professor Jason Ferris and Dr Dom Gorse (QCIF)

Winner of the Leader of the year award (Academic) – Professor Ruth HubbardAssociate Professor Clair Sullivan received a Commendation.

For the Rising star of the year award – Dr Cheneal Puljevic received a Commendation!

What a great way to start 2023!

Best wishes,


The spirit of reconciliation

As part of the Faculty of Medicine's commitment to the Indigenous Research Strategic Intent, we invite you to join an online Interactive Cultural Confidence Workshop with John Briggs on Wednesday 15 February from 12-2pm. If you missed the workshop last year don’t miss out again, register by Friday 10 February for this online event!

Want to learn more? UQ has Core Cultural Learning modules you can complete at your own pace. Modules 1-2 are required by UQ.

Upcoming CHSR seminars

Access the 2023 schedule.

Research Support team

Please notify the CHSR Research Support Team via the online survey or email Casey and Uve if you are applying for grants, either as CIA or collaborator. For post-award support, please contact Phil or Olivia (for AKTN).

Funding opportunities

  • NHMRC Investigators for funding in 2024 – applications now open
  • Cancer Council Queensland EL1 Fellowships  - applications now open
  • UQ Global Partnerships Seeding Grant – applications close 27 January
  • MRFF Research Data Infrastructure Grant – applications close 13 February
  • MRFF Joint Translational Call – applications close 15 February
  • MRFF Clinical Trials Activity International Clinical Trials Collaboration – applications close 22 February
  • UQ QUEX Strategic Grants – applications close 21 February
  • MRFF PPHRI – Assessment of High-cost Gene Treatments and Digital Health Interventions – applications close 1 March
  • MRFF Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission – applications close 29 March
  • MRFF Clinical Trials Activity – applications close 28 June
  • HTQ Consumer engagement microgrants – ongoing

More funding opportunities available via the FoM CHSR teams.

Training opportunities

  • Career consultations for UQ academic researchers Level A-E and research professionals. Consultations can be booked online, are confidential and are tailored to one-on-one advice.
  • QCIF online statistics training workshops – register now
  • FoM NHMRC Investigator Grant Workshops – register now

More training opportunities available via the FoM CHSR teams.

Marketing and Communications

The Faculty Marketing and Communications team has streamlined all social media requests. For all social media requests, please email the marketing and communications team.


Please follow your CHSR colleagues on Twitter. You can find their twitter handles on FOM CHSR Teams.

CHSR Publications

  1. Woods L, Eden R, Canfell OJ, Nguyen KH, Comans T, Sullivan C. Show me the money: how do we justify spending health care dollars on digital health? Med J Aust. 2022 Dec 11. doi: 10.5694/mja2.51799. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36502453.
  2. Baldwin R, Dhinsa T, de Andrade D, Coomber K, Curtis A, Wells S, Ferris J, Puljevic C, Hyder S, Litherland S, Miller PG. Factors Associated with Unwanted Sexual Attention in Australian Nightlife Districts: An Exploratory Study of Nightlife Attendees. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Dec 5;19(23):16259. doi: 10.3390/ijerph192316259. PMID: 36498331.
  3. Gallegos-Rejas VM, Thomas EE, Kelly JT, Smith AC. A multi-stakeholder approach is needed to reduce the digital divide and encourage equitable access to telehealth. J Telemed Telecare. 2023 Jan;29(1):73-78. doi: 10.1177/1357633X221107995. Epub 2022 Jun 22. PMID: 35733379.
  4. Fujita K, Lo SY, Hubbard RE, Gnjidic D, Hilmer SN. Comparison of a multidomain frailty index from routine health data with the hospital frailty risk score in older patients in an Australian hospital. Australas J Ageing. 2022 Dec 13. doi: 10.1111/ajag.13162. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36511440.
  5. Haydon HM, Smith AC, Gleed L, Neuhaus M, Lawton S, Caffery LJ. Challenges and opportunities in providing dementia care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in rural and remote areas. Dementia (London). 2023 Jan;22(1):197-217. doi: 10.1177/14713012221138825. Epub 2022 Nov 18. PMID: 36398711.

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Medical School Community Achievements

2022 Master of Mental Health Art Therapy Graduate Exhibition

Featuring artwork by Diana Clift titled: Scattered

Congratulations to UQ Master of Mental Health Art Therapy students for a successful exhibition titled: Journey through the looking glass. Each final year student completed an independent research project and created a body of artwork reflecting on their research process. The event showcased student research achievements and the creative process of emerging as art therapists. Learn more.

Group image 2022 Exhibition

2022 Master of Mental Health (MMH) Art Therapy Exhibition Students and Staff

UQ MMH Staff Lecturer (L) UQ Student (S) Back (B)

Names from far left: Lauren Johnson (L), Natasha Hall (L), Diana Clift (S), Stephanie Hulsey (B)(S) Jasmine Edwards (S), Dr Jaime Yasky (MMH Program Coordinator Senior L), Maggie Wilson (B)(L), Charlotte Lanchester (S), Justine Keim (B)(S), Farah Suleman (L), Sinead Green (B)(S), Amanda Hall (L), Sarah Hazelhurst (B)(S), Rebekah Wall (S), Kirsty Mitchell (B)(S), Louise Leotta (MMH Art Therapy Coordinator Lead L), Jane O’Sullivan (B)(L), Lucy Stephens (S), Katherine Winlaw (B)(L), Tom O’Brien (B)(MMH Psychotherapy Senior L)

Student art 1

From Left: Featuring artworks by Kirsty Mitchell & Justine Keim

Student art 2

From Left: Featuring artworks by Charlotte Lanchester & Rebekah Wall

UQ Winner – Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand 3M+1Q

We extend our congratulations to MD-PhD student Joshua Monteith, who placed first overall and won the People’s Choice award at the inaugural Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ) 3M+1Q competition on Saturday 26 November. All medical schools in Australia and New Zealand were invited to nominate one student to compete in the competition, which is a new initiative by the Research Educators Network (REN). Over 100 attendees with representatives from 20 schools participated in the webinar.

CSL Florey Next Generation Award

MD-PhD candidate Chloe Yap was recently awarded the CSL Florey Next Generation Award. Congratulations to Chloe on this important recognition of her research into the gut microbiome in children with autism.


UQ Health Matters

Rockhampton hosted the latest Health Matters public lecture on 18 October. The event was titled Growing the rural health workforce: Are we on track? and was the first time the Health Matters series had been held outside of Brisbane. The night featured presentations from Associate Professor Matthew McGrail (Rural Clinical School), Associate Professor Riitta Partanen (Rural Clinical School) and Associate Professor Paul Neilsen (CQUniversity). Approximately 70 attendees from across the local community enthusiastically engaged in Q&A after the presentations and in post-event discussions with Brisbane-based colleagues, including Professor Geoff McColl, Professor Stuart Carney, Professor Karen Moritz and Professor Craig Munns.

Research support in the Medical School

Associate Professor Louise Conwell, Head of the Children’s Health Queensland Clinical Unit and Professor Craig Munns, Director of the Child Health Research Centre met with child health researchers and clinicians and provided an overview of research support services at UQ. If you would like to learn more about funding, statistics, library or any other support services, please get in touch with Noni Creasey, Research Development Manager, for a copy of the slides.

Reach out to Noni Creasey or Peppermint Lee, Research Development Officer, to schedule a time for the Research Support team to join your group meeting or visit your clinical unit. Remember to notify the Research Development team if you are considering applying for any grants or EOIs so we can provide appropriate support.

Rural and remote medicine research

Rural Health Projects (RHPs) are conducted each year as part of UQ’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) program in more than 50 rural and remote (MMM3-7) communities. A review of rural and remote medical student RHPs was submitted as a case study to Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ) showcasing good practice in research and the curriculum within Australian and New Zealand medical schools.

Selected as one of the case studies published on the MDANZ website, the team was also chosen to present this case study to the Research Committee of Medical Deans at their Annual Research Open Forum on 22 October. Read more about the study.

Involving UQ medical students in your research

Please be aware that there is a mandatory process for involving UQ medical students in extra-curricular research to help ensure a safe and quality experience for everyone involved. Please discuss this with students before they commence research with you and refer them to the Student Research Portal for further information.

Faculty Research Alert

The Faculty Research Alert is circulated weekly via email and includes information about UQ internal schemes, external funding opportunities and awards. If you would like to receive the Alert, please email the Faculty of Medicine Research team. Detailed information on research funding opportunities and awards can be viewed on the Faculty of Medicine intranet. For previously advertised grant and award opportunities and events, please refer to the Archive Faculty Research Alert webpage.


Doctor of Medicine accreditation

Following a written submission to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) in February and site visit conducted in May, the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program has been accredited for another six years until 31 March 2029. Visit the Medical School intranet to find out more and access the AMC Accreditation Report. Thank you to UQ staff and clinical partners involved in the MD program for your contributions in helping achieve this successful outcome.

UQ Ventures – Rise

Do you know a talented teen? Tell them about Rise! Rise is a global initiative that supports brilliant people for life as they work to serve others. The program starts at ages 15-17 and offers global winners access to benefits that last a lifetime, including scholarship and funding, mentorship and career development, access to the global winner network and much more. Applications are open until 25 January 2023. Find out more.

MD Design update

We look forward to welcoming the first cohort of the new MD program in January 2023. With the end of the year fast approaching, exciting plans are underway for the Year 1 Transition to the MD period, including the Welcome Ceremony and other orientation events. Communication and engagement with our incoming Year 1 students continues to be a priority. A webinar led by the Faculty of Medicine Student Administration team was held recently to provide guidance to incoming students on their allocation to Learning Communities and options for timetable preferencing. In addition, a Learning Communities webpage has been developed to provide prospective and incoming students with information about the purpose and structure of our Learning Communities. Year 2 course design is also on track and it is anticipated that the draft Year 2 syllabus will be disseminated to staff across the Medical School for discussion, feedback and finalisation in February 2023.

Central Queensland and Wide Bay Regional Medical Pathway update

View the December edition of the Regional Medical Pathway newsletter for the latest information and updates about this exciting initiative.


Updated Reconciliation Action Plan Artwork Guidelines and approvals

We are pleased to share with you the updated Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Artwork Guidelines. The Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous Engagement (PVC(IE)) and Marketing and Communication (M&C) have developed usage criteria to assist with the respectful and appropriate application of A Guidance Through Time by Quandamooka artists Casey Coolwell and Kyra Mancktelow. All uses of the RAP artwork must be approved by the PVC(IE) via the brand team, unless using an approved template or print asset downloaded from the RAP template collection on the UQ Digital Asset Manager. Please familiarise yourself with the usage criteria before submitting a request. For questions relating to the RAP Artwork and usage criteria, please contact M&C.

UQ TEQSA ID number

A reminder that we are required to publish the University’s TEQSA ID PRV12080 on all public material that can be viewed by an international student to be compliant with the Higher Education Standards Framework. This includes channels, social media accounts, marketing collateral, banners, email signatures, etc. Please review any relevant material you may have to ensure it displays the UQ TEQSA ID number. All staff who interact with prospective international students are also required to update their email signature blocks to include our TEQSA ID. A template is available in the UQ Digital Asset Manager. For more information, please contact Loretta Porche.

Online staff travel approval process

All staff are now able to submit requests for their planned domestic and international travel via the new UniTask Travel Request form. Please note, domestic travel no longer requires approval, but should be discussed in advance with your supervisor and must be logged in UniTask. International travel requests should be directed to Keira Anderson, School Manager, via UniTask. Detailed resources including domestic and international travel workflow diagrams, templates and user guides are available on the UQ Travel website. Please direct enquires to the Travel team.

Higher Degree by Research travel and approvals

If a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student is travelling in their capacity as a student, they should follow the Student Travel Procedure. The preferred methods of making payments for approved student travel are as follows:

1. Student gets funding up front through a bursary and makes their own travel bookings.

2. If upfront funding is not available, student makes their own bookings with their own funds and then claims a reimbursement (the Finance team can assist the student with this process).

If the two options above are not possible, or if an HDR student has any questions about funding, they should contact their supervisor in the first instance. For further information about how the Faculty of Medicine supports HDR students, visit the Researcher Development Support webpage. General HDR student enquiries should be directed to the HDR Liaison Officer.

Introducing ‘UQ Guest’ WiFi service

A new WiFi service, ‘UQ Guest,’ was launched on 20 November to provide internet access to UQ’s visitors. This is a free service for guests supporting UQ activities, including events. Guests can connect to the network by signing in with their Gmail, Facebook, or LinkedIn accounts. Visitors to UQ should be directed to the UQ Guest webpage for more information and login instructions.

Prepare your data for 2023

Now is a fantastic opportunity to reset and refresh your files. You can do this through archiving, appropriately disposing of or destroying files that are no longer needed or checking that those who can access any shared folders align with your current team composition. Discover how you can prepare your data for 2023.

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Important Information for researchers

Find out more about the ethics and governance review processes at Mater Research, how the Mater Clinical Trials Unit can assist with your clinical research activity, what is support available for researchers as well as all the necessary forms, guidelines, key contacts and resources needed to conduct research projects at Mater Research. 

Support services for researchers

Mater Research provides a range of administrative, funding and development services to support Mater researchers, enabling them to wholly focus on their research. Learn more.


Hervey Bay RCU 2023 students at their welcome event during Introductory Week

Director, Rural Clinical School update

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year and welcome to the 2023 Academic Year. I hope that you all enjoyed your break. We have seen 168 students join us at the RCS this year. We are looking forward to helping these students have a positive living and learning experience with us, and to become the best doctors they can be.

We also welcome new academic staff to the team, Dr Gina Watkins commences as the Head of the Bundaberg RCU at the end of January and Dr Amanda Kasper joins us as the GP Academic Lead in Bundaberg. Dr Alyce Black and Dr Tom Alexandra have commenced as the Academic Leads for Clinical Skills and Simulation at the Rockhampton and Hervey Bay RCUs respectively.

We have recruited to the first MD cohort of the Central Queensland – Wide Bay Regional Medical Pathway (CQWB RMP), they will complete Year 1 in Brisbane before joining us in Rockhampton or Bundaberg in 2024.  We look forward to formally welcoming and meeting them at the end of the month. The second cohort of the Provisional Entry CQWB RMP will also begin at CQUni in early March.

Excitingly, the first cohort of the Darling Downs – South West Medical Pathway (DDSW MP) Provisional Entry Pathway is commencing the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Medicine Pathway with UniSQ. These students will join us for MD1 in Toowoomba in 2026. We also welcome Erin Byles as the new Darling Downs-South West Medical Pathway Project Officer, based in Toowoomba.

In 2023, in addition to ensuring that our current RCS and RRM students have high quality teaching and learning opportunities; and our RTHs are supporting and promoting living, working and training in rural areas to our students and junior doctors; we continue work on the Medical Pathways. We are providing a short rural immersion for 100 MD 1 students in August, preparing for Year 2 in Rockhampton and Bundaberg next year, and continuing to contribute to the shaping of the new MD program.

Our relationships with our hospital, general practice and other community partners are vital to the success of RCS activities and our vision to educate students for the whole four years of their medical program. They are also vital for helping our students want to undertake their prevocational junior doctor years in rural regions. I thank you for your ongoing support and nurturing these relationships in your footprint.

I hope that each of you, and together with your teams, take time to reflect, rejuvenate and foster comradery throughout the year, so that each workplace enables everyone to flourish and we all have a positive impact on each other, our students and communities.

The RCS Vision to provide world class medical education and research for better rural health outcomes and the Medical School Mission to work together to improve health and empower communities through medical education and research are aligned and are wonderful guiding principles for the year ahead.

Thank you for the excellent work you all do every day, having courage at times, being creative along the way, bringing new ideas, respecting the truth, inclusivity and diversity and always acting with integrity. I am looking forward to a great year, knowing that working collaboratively and respectfully together, we will achieve our goals and much more. 

Take care,


Associate Professor Riitta Partanen
Director, UQ Rural Clinical School

Team successes and achievements

FOM Excellence Award Winners and Commendations

  • The Medical Pathways Team jointly won the Collaboration Award in the Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards at the end of last year.
  • Jane Baker received a commendation Service Excellence in delivery of her role as Clinical Skill Educator, Rockhampton RCU
  • Rod Ainsworth received a commendation for Professional Leadership in his role as Senior Manager, Projects (Medical Pathways)

Intro week

A range of welcome events and networking opportunities have been enjoyed by our 2023 cohort across the four RCS regional clinical units.

  • 27 RCS students and eight visiting RRM students attended the Bundaberg RCU for their orientation and Intro Week.  55 students, staff and teaching clinicians attended the welcome event and enjoyed a great evening of Mexican food, while networking and getting to know one another. 
  • Toowoomba RCU had another successful start to the year with Intro Week and received positive feedback from the students.
  • Rockhampton RCU enthusiastically welcomed 43 students for 2023; 24 Year 3 Students and 19 Year 4 Students. A special welcome was also held for eight International students, six in Year 3 and two in Year 4, and six of our returning Year 3 students as they enter their final year as MD Students. Students living at 78 on Canning are enjoying the benefits of their brand new air conditioners, installed late December, in readiness for 2023.  It’s cool in Rockhampton!
  • Hervey Bay RCU hosted a welcome barbecue for their 2023 cohort along the beautiful Hervey Bay esplanade
  • In addition to the 82 Year 3 students who participated in CCP intro week activities at the RCS, 71 students had the opportunity to learn from rural clinicians, undertake cultural immersions, visit farms and participate in social activities, while undertaking CCP intro weeks across Emerald, Theodore, Kingaroy, Goondiwindi, St George, Gatton & Laidley.

Year 1 Observerships & TROHPIQ TREEs

In December, just over 40 first year UQ medical students had the opportunity to come to one of our four regional clinical units in Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay or Toowoomba and experience an optional two-week observership.  Students on the Rural Summer Observership had the opportunity to work alongside and be mentored by rural generalists, clinicians, rural GP’s, nursing and allied health staff in regional hospitals and medical centres. Additionally, students were able to explore the local area with their peers and be guided towards local highlights by the RCS teams. The aim is to showcase what the regions have on offer in the hopes they return for year 3 or 4 of their studies.

The Rural and Remote Medicine team and TROHPIQ rural student club collaborated to supported 39 students to undertake rural observership across our rural footprint. Students have reported having very positive experiences and submitted photos and videos of their experience for the TROHPIQ photo competition.

Regional Training Hubs

  • RTH Southern Queensland co-sponsored, with the RMO Society, the Darling Downs Health Intern Orientation Welcome dinner on 16 January.
  • RTH Wide Bay welcomed its new interns, promoted RTH initiatives/supports and launched the 2023 Mentor Programs for Hervey Bay and Bundaberg during Intern Orientation Week. This year, 25 interns have signed up for the program, which provides an additional support to them as they make the often challenging transition from student to medical officer.  
  • RTHWB are collaborating with AMA Queensland on developing the program for the Fraser Coast Health Conference.
  • RTHCQ organised a Rural Term Meet and Greet evening for CQ’s new interns. The evening was aimed at building excitement around their rural terms in Yeppoon, Theodore, and Emerald, by giving them information and inspiration on what to expect, as well as the opportunity to network with current supervisors and previous interns from these locations.


2022 was a big year for the UQRCS Research Group, with successful funding outcomes and collaborative opportunities being realised and approximately 126 publications resulting. The UQRCS Research Group is looking forward to this year. The Group will continue to deliver on the RHMT Research Plan, while also undertaking some other major projects in our regional, rural and remote communities, using research outcomes to address healthcare challenges. As always, throughout 2023 if you are presented with collaborative research opportunities, research questions that require answering, or would just like to know more about what the research team is working on, please don’t hesitate to talk with one of the Research Group.


Facebook post with the most reach and engagement in December.

Facebook post with the most reach and engagement in January.

There were 24 media stories in December and 6 media stories in January.

Please email our generic inbox when requesting marketing and communications assistance or complete the marketing request form.

Staff movements

We are delighted to welcome and welcome back:

  • Dr Gina Watkins to commence at the end of the month as Head, Bundaberg RCU
  • Dr Amanda Kasper commenced as the Bundaberg RCU GP Academic Lead.
  • Dr Alyce Black, commenced as the Rockhampton RCU Academic Lead Clinical Skills and Simulation, working Tuesdays.
  • Dr Tom Alexandra, commenced as the Hervey Bay RCU Academic Lead Clinical Skills and Simulation.
  • Dr Kim Bonk, commenced as the RTHSQ Primary Care Workforce Lead
  • Erin Byles joined the Toowoomba team as the Project Officer for the Darling Downs-South West Medical Pathway.
  • Danielle Williams has returned from parental leave, Danielle is the Administrative Assistant at Bundaberg RCU. 
  • Jenny English commenced as the Hervey bay RCU Student Co-Ordinator. Jenny will back-fill Tara as she commences 12 months parental leave.
  • Jess Baartz, commenced as the Toowoomba RCU Year 3 Student Co-Ordinator. Jess will be job sharing with Sarah Zimmerle.
  • Rebecca Stewart joined the Student Coordinator team at the Rockhampton RCU as a Year 3 Acting Student Coordinator and will be job sharing with Kate Chytra. Rebecca will work Wednesday/Thursday.
  • Bronty Geddes will be joining the Rockhampton RCS as Administration Assistant role from 7 February.

We sadly farewell the following professional staff members:

  • Katelyn Black finished up with the Bundaberg RCU on 13 January. Katelyn was working as the Administration Assistant backfilling for Danielle Williams in Bundaberg.

Positions open for recruitment:

  • Principal Marketing Professional
  • Operations Supervisor

Upcoming events

  • 31 January - CQ-WB RMP Welcome Event for Year 1 Graduate Entry Students – St Lucia Campus (invitation only).
  • BRCU Academics & Team Leader will conduct Student Introductory Interviews in early February and are looking forward to getting to know our students and their needs better during this process.
  • 6 February - DDH Registrars Orientation Welcome
  • 8 February - QRGP visiting TRCU to talk to the students about their 2024 Internship Program and will target Year 4 students interested in becoming a Rural Generalist. 
  • 9 February - QRGP visiting BRCU to talk to the students about their 2024 Internship Program and will target Year 4 students interested in becoming a Rural Generalist. 
  • 10 February - QRGP visiting HBRCU to talk to the students about their 2024 Internship Program and will target Year 4 students interested in becoming a Rural Generalist. 
  • 15 February - QRGP visiting RRCU to talk to the students about their 2024 Internship Program and will target Year 4 students interested in becoming a Rural Generalist. 
  • 20 February - Research Team Meet and Greet Event – Toowoomba
  • 28 February - Research Team Meet and Greet Event - Rockhampton
  • 7 March - Research Team Meet and Greet Event - Bundaberg
  • 8 March - Research Team Meet and Greet Event – Hervey Bay

Hospitality Request Approvals

A reminder that ALL hospitality approval request forms must be completed using the updated form and be fully authorised and forwarded to the finance team PRIOR to the day of your event/meeting. This is important as The Queensland State Government identifies entertainment and hospitality as "expenditure of note" within statutory bodies and is therefore subject to a higher level of audit scrutiny. UQ is a statutory body established by the Queensland State Government so expenditure on these activities is also subject to the high standard of accountability which the Government and public expect. This means all hospitality at UQ must be able to withstand scrutiny from the public in terms of the extent, standard, cost and justification for the activities. The UQ Hospitality Procedure was updated in September 2022 and is in place to address these requirements. It applies to all staff.


As our students move into accommodation, just a reminder that non-UQ network devices should not be connected to any student accommodation outlets as it can disable connections to all other devices. Student internet usage is within the fair use policy set by Telstra and exceeding this may reduce the connectivity for all people using that connection, which could be multiple units. Students need to be mindful of others, as using high amounts of bandwidth will reduce the usability of the network for others. UQ services such as Zoom are capped at the amount of data that can be streamed and this has been calculated so that all connections are adequate for this use. Additional use of high capacity streaming services and high level of gaming and data transfer is beyond the design of the network and could lead to breaching the fair use policy.

    View archived announcements from RCS

    SBMS REMEDE committee winners at the 2022 Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards.

    From the Head of School

    Welcome back, I know many of you have taken extra time off, in addition to the Christmas / New year break, and some are still trickling back to, or are in and out from, work. Enjoy this time of fewer deadlines and requests.

    Firstly, Congratulations are overdue from the 2022 Faculty Awards night. Well doen to all our SBMS winners and nominees: 

    nnovators of the year (one of two winners) – for turning what SBMS has done for a long time, e.g., peer and team mentoring, into a program and an art form that others look up to and try to emulate across the Faculty. The winning team – Kylie Tucker, Jo Bowles, Sherry Wu, Tracey Langfield, Julia Pagan, Karin Borges, Kay Colthorpe, James Cuffe, Mary-Louise Roy Manchadi, Charlotte Young, Rodrigo Suarez, Maree Smith, Kelly Walton and Brad Launikonis.

    Rising Star of the Year – Laura Fenlon, one of two winners, for her enthusiastic and effective contributions in all performance categories.

    Leader of the Future (academic) – Jana Vukovic, one of two winners, for being an outstanding researcher, excellent contributor to RC activities and an engaged member of the School.

    Leader of the future (professional) – Jennifer Outhwaite received a Commendation for this award for doing a superb job of running the Integrated Physiology Facility.

    Other SBMS nominees were Dom Ng, Stephen Anderson, Karine Cosgrove, Uli Siebeck, and Jake Russell.

     Annual Performance and Development (APD) forms – due 31 January

    Please complete your goals and, most importantly, your comments regarding your reflections on how you are doing in the four categories of the APD. Remember to submit these to your supervisor before the 31 January deadline. Regardless of whether you have had a meeting to discuss them, your goals will be sent to your supervisor on this date and will be blank if you have not completed them. Please check to see if your mandatory training is up to date. I have a reasonable list after the year ticked over and they’re now due again.

    Grant Gap funding requests for academics

    Please read the Rescue Funding Procedures and short funding gap’ application form, which should be sent to Brittany by 4 February. We will try to assist applicants. Others can assist by reducing tutors and demonstrators for teaching, where possible, and use less photocopy paper, etc., so that we have some money available for this.

    2023 School Committee members

    Executive Committee

    Lizzie Coulson, HoS – Chair

    Stephen Anderson, Director, Teaching & Learning

    Jana Vukovic, Director, Research

    Mike Piper, Director, RHD

    Kylie Tucker, REMEDI

    Dom Ng, Space and Infrastructure

    Sherry Wu, Engagement and Outreach

    Mark Midwinter, Deputy HoS

    Sally Martin/Tim Forrest, School Manager

    Stefan Thor, Professorial Representative

    The Executive will meet fortnightly, and formally each month, with minutes available on the School’s Blackboard site. Reports will also be available from each committee on what has been done and policies prepared. I’ll be available the same as I have been for drop-ins, or for anyone who wants to raise something for action by the Executive committee.

    Teaching and Learning Committee and other TLC roles:

    Stephen Anderson – Chair

    Kay Colthorpe, FoHABS, and Dave Simmons, FoScience – Deputies

    Due to the many TLC roles, please see the full list.


    Jana Vukovic – Chair

    Jo Bowles, Amplify and Joints, – Deputy

    Brittany Madden – Secretary

    Sebastian Furness, Platform Technologies/Core Facilities

    Rohan Teasdale, Papers and Replacement Equipment

    Laura Fenlon, Retreat and Science Forum

    Stefan Thor, Internal Schemes

    Uli Siebek, Grants


    Mike Piper – Chair

    Taylor Dick – Deputy

    Our HLO – Secretary

    Richard Clark

    Sean Coakley

    James Cuffe

    Lachlan Rash 

    Julia Pagan

    + students TBD

    Space and Infrastructure

    Dom Ng – Chair

    Tim Forrest/ Sally Martin, Deputy, School Manager

    Lisa Kaminskas, Skerman Academic

    Julia Pagan, Otto Academic

    Wally Thomas, McGregor Academic

    Dan Ezzy, SBMS Facilities

    Bruno Rey, Facilities Manager

    Scott Kershaw, Teaching

    Robyn Oram, OHS Chair

    Platform Technologies cross-fertilization with Research Committee AND/OR SBMS OHS Academic Representative


    Robyn – Chair


    We will need to have a vote for an OHS representative(s) – see call for EOIs below.

    The people responsible for specific portfolios in REMEDI include:

    Kylie Tucker – Chair

    Jo Bowles – Deputy

    Cathryn Orrick from HR 

    Engagement & Outreach committees

    Sherry Wu – Chair

    Derik Steyn – Deputy

    Tyne Hamilton, FoM Marketing and Comms

    Steve Francis, FoM Advancement

    The REMEDI list is still to be finalised, due to a lack of overlapping time for our two Chairs to work on this earlier in January. Kylie has also been quite sick.

    Seminar Coordinator

    Melissa Reichelt

    Nature article

    Here is an interesting article from NaturePhD training is no longer fit for purpose

    In short, the editorial argues that there needs to be a revolution in organizing and funding PhD training. Many countries have seen an explosion in doctoral enrolments as science is increasingly seen as essential to national prosperity. The nineteenth-century approach of doctoral students and professors in a master–apprentice relationship can no longer prepare researchers for the way science is done today: in large, interdisciplinary teams.

    Nature survey – Question of the week

    This week, we learnt that ChatGPT can write fake abstracts that scientists have trouble distinguishing from those written by humans, and that the easy-to-use, free tool has already started popping up on author lists. What do you think — should researchers be allowed to use generative AIs like ChatGPT to help them write academic papers? 

    a) Yes, AIs are a tool like any other

    b) No, AIs are a risk to research integrity and accuracy

    c) Something else — tell us at

    Lizzie Coulson

    Date Savers

    22 February – SBMS All Staff Meeting, venue TBC

    15 May – SBMS All Staff Meeting, venue TBC

    Finance staff movements

    Brenda Alcorn will be embarking on a 6-month secondment to Science as a Senior Management Accountant, commencing 1 February. Rebecca Gao will move into Brenda’s role. Rebecca’s replacement will be advised shortly. Continue to send enquiries to the SBMS finance email.

    Historical Head of School desk

    The old HoS desk is seeking a new home. If you are interested, please contact the School Manager for more details. We can organise delivery to a home address, within reason, but please be aware it is a BIG desk – 1803cm wide x106cm deep x 77cm high. Priority will be given based on length of tenure, emotional attachment and optional donation to SASS.

    Coregas information and training session

    The school is organising a training session with Coregas for the safe use of compressed gases, liquid nitrogen and dry ice. While this is targeted at professional facilities teams, any staff or students keen to know more are welcome to join in. The sessions are tentatively scheduled for the end of February. If you are interested contact Mark Busch. Note: this session does not replace the schools mandatory training.

    EOI sought for SBMS Workplace Health and Safety Representatives (WHSR)

    Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) are elected members of designated work areas that have training in health and safety and can provide advice and input into the consultation process. Expressions of interest are being sought for workplace HSRs to represent staff working in the school’s research laboratories. Successful candidates are supported by the school to undertake five days of training with an RTO within three months of appointment. They are allowed time off work to complete the training and perform their role, once accredited. All HSRs are members of the SBMS OHS committee. If you are interested, please contact the HoS officeFind out more

    Online training

    The start of the year is a great time to complete mandatory training. Please take a moment to check your training status and schedule time to complete any modules due to expire soon on the platform that is relevant to your position (i.e., Staff and RHD students use Workday and all other students use Blackboard). A list of required modules can be found on the SBMS Intranet. A revised Code of Conduct training module, titled Staff Standards of Conduct, is now live in Workday. The module incorporates fraud, corrupt conduct, and conflict of interest content. This means staff no longer need to complete the Conflict of Interest and Fraud and Corruption courses.

    Immunisations and health surveillance

    Supervisors, please ensure that all staff and students are advised about vaccination requirements for projects that they are working on. Requirements will be listed in your IBC applications, as well as risk assessment. Immunisation requests can be sent to the OHS team for approval and payment. Please refer to PPL: 2.60.08 Vaccinations and Immunisations.

    Anyone at risk of occupational asthma can contact OHS or the UQ Occupation Health Nurse to organise health surveillance.

    Import permits

    If you are planning on importing biologicals, please contact Tania. We need to verify a number of criteria before we allow use of SBMS import permits. This applies EVERY time you import a biological. If you are unsure if a permit is needed, please check with the OHS team – you don’t want to risk your product being returned, or worse – destroyed, at the boarder because you had incorrect paperwork.

    New SBMS publications

    If you are preparing a manuscript and would like SBMS readership before submission, members of the Research Committee are willing and able to assist. Please contact the committee chair, Jana Vukovic.

    If you have recently had a new publication accepted or published, please let us know.

    Librarian contact

    Staff and students can continue to contact Librarians by email or book an appointment via Contact your Faculty Services Librarians

    Start managing your reading lists in Talis Aspire

    From Semester 2, 2023, UQ academics will publish their course reading lists using the Talis Aspire system. Learn more and view available training.

    Ready to Teach Week event 

    Open up your textbook! Designing, creating and using open-source textbooks – 9 February, 11:30am–12:30pm 

    Wiley training session for ECRs

    Publishing your paper and Open Access – 16 February, 12-2pm, in the Advanced Engineering Building (49), Room 301. Registrations required.

        View archived announcements from SBMS

        Staff updates

        Hello and a big welcome back to 2023. A warm welcome also to our new SPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division staff – Gail Kenny and Dr Hongen Lu join the ID-NET team after managing large research centres at QUT and Dr Luis Furuya Kanamori and PhD student Wondimeneh Shiferaw join Professor Lau’s team after transferring from UQCCR. Welcome also to Georgie Harwood who has joined the Planetary Health and Health Protection Division and will teach in the new MD program.

        Dates for diaries

        February 3 – Retreat online workshop – contact Libby Kelly for more details

        February 6 – SPH Touch base, 10am, SPH courtyard

        February 9 and 10  SPH Retreat

        February 20  SPH Touch base, 10am, SPH courtyard

        Campus clean-up

        To help maintain our beautiful university environment, we ask that all staff participate in a general campus clean-up/ de-clutter between Wednesday 25 January and Wednesday 8 February. P&F is supporting the campus clean-up by providing skip bins for the removal of large items. If you have large items that you need assistance with, please log a removalist job in Archibus and in your notes, and please specify this request is associated with the Campus Clean-up Project. Find out more on what can be disposed of in the skip bins and where they are located.

        CALD focus group

        The UQ Cultural Inclusion Committee (CIC) is seeking Expression of Interests from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) staff to participate in an hour focus group.

        This consultation aims to inform the CIC about CALD staff career progression experiences at UQ and identify barriers to promotion and career progression. The focus group insights will contribute to progressing UQ CALD Staff Inclusion Action Plan, which seeks to advance UQ diversity and Inclusion efforts and better enable all staff full access the rich diversity of opportunities on offer at UQ. The focus group will be held at the St Lucia Campus on Thursday 2 March, 10-11amCALD staff, regardless of their career trajectory at UQ, are welcomed to participate in the focus group. Please complete the EOI to participate. If you're unable to participate, you can still provide your feedback.

        Around the grounds

        The SPH School Review Planning Retreat 2023 will be held at Victoria Park on Thursday and Friday 9-10 February.  This is a critical part of the SPH review and we would like to thank all who will be involved. There will be an online workshop held by facilitators Jen Witheriff and Jo’Anne Langham on Friday 3 February.

        Good news stories

        Congratulations to Francis Nona for completing his Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership at the University of Melbourne. Well done, Francis!

        Shout out to James Fowler, who has been awarded the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) Student Spotlight Award for 2023.

        The Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards were held at Waters Edge, Portside, in December 2022View the full list of winners. SPH was well-represented with Commendations going to Cheneal Puljevic, Libby Kelly, Cathy Swart and Megan Grace, and Coral Gartner – well done!

        UQ Stretch RAP

        In partnership with Reconciliation Australia, UQ has created opportunities that value and celebrate the unique knowledges, cultures, histories and languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and promoted better understanding between all Australians.

        In 2018, UQ launched the Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) as a pathway to assist the UQ community to meaningfully engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our RAP allows the university to demonstrate respect, build or strengthen relationships, and create opportunities at work that mutually benefit UQ, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and communities. The Innovate RAP has now reached its conclusion.

        To help develop the next stage of the UQ RAP — the Stretch RAP — we encourage and welcome your participation in one of 8 upcoming consultation workshops that will be held between 22 February and 16 March. The purpose of these workshops is to assist in reviewing current deliverables and outcomes, understanding the requirements of a Stretch RAP and creating initiatives to move forward. Register for a RAP consultation workshop by 9am on Monday 13 February.

        SPH recruitment

        SPH is now recruiting casual tutors and markers for courses in its Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Public Health and Master of Epidemiology to be delivered in first semester (February to June) 2023. If you are interested in applying for a role, please submit your CV and a one-page cover letter outlining your suitability via email to by 11:59 pm on Sunday 29 JanuaryFind out more.

        The QLD Digital Health Centre and the UQ Business School are excited to be offering the UQ Graduate Certificate in Clinical Informatics and Digital Health this year. If you would like to help promote this wonderful program, find out more.

        UQ Research Data Manager (RDM) training opportunities

        31 January –  Managing sensitive data

        21 February –  UQRDM for research students - how to use it to help with managing research data

        23 February –  Introducing FAIR and CARE principles for responsible research 

        27 February –  Introduction to Digital Research Notebook (LabArchives)

        3 March –  UQRDM for research students - how to use it to help with managing research data

        16 March –  UQRDM for research students - how to use it to help with managing research data

        29 March –  Managing sensitive data

        Additional staff offerings

        Research Data Management: Best Practice with UQRDM –  Register through WorkDay

        SPH LinkedIn page

        Continue to help build our SPH LinkedIn community by following and inviting others to follow our School of Public Health LinkedIn page: UQ School of Public Health | LinkedIn. Please send Ailsa Bolton any content you would like uploaded to LinkedIn. Alternatively, you can post on your own personal LinkedIn page and tag the School of Public Health by simply typing @UQ School of Public Health and clicking the SPH page that appears as a tag option.

        SPH Research Dissemination Toolkit

        Keen to disseminate your research publicly? The SPH Research Dissemination Toolkit can help you do this.

        SPH publications – November and December 2022

        1. Akbar H, Niumata W, Te Kani AW. Pasifika Women’s Diabetes Wellness Program. Brisbane, QLD Australia: Community Mentors International; 2022.
        2. Anderson K, Gall A, Butler T, Ngampromwongse K, Hector D, Turnbull S, Lucas K, Nehill C, Boltong A, Keefe D, Garvey G. Development of Key Principles and Best Practices for Co-Design in Health with First Nations Australians. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023;20(1).
        3. Baldwin R, Dhinsa T, de Andrade D, Coomber K, Curtis A, Wells S, Ferris J, Puljevic C, Hyder S, Litherland S, Miller PG. Factors Associated with Unwanted Sexual Attention in Australian Nightlife Districts: An Exploratory Study of Nightlife Attendees. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(23).
        4. Beetham KS, Spathis JG, Hoffmann S, Brown WJ, Clifton V, Mielke GI. Longitudinal association of physical activity during pregnancy with maternal and infant outcomes: Findings from the Australian longitudinal study of women's health. Womens Health (Lond). 2022;18:17455057221142357.
        5. Burfield L, Rutter KJ, Thompson B, Marjanovic EJ, Neale RE, Rhodes LE. Systematic review of the prevalence and incidence of the photodermatoses with meta-analysis of the prevalence of polymorphic light eruption. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.
        6. Butler T, Gall A, Garvey G, Ngampromwongse K, Hector D, Turnbull S, Lucas K, Nehill C, Boltong A, Keefe D, Anderson K. A Comprehensive Review of Optimal Approaches to Co-Design in Health with First Nations Australians. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(23).
        7. Chua D, Sackey D, Jones M, Smith M, Ball L, Johnson T. The M-CHooSe pilot: the acceptability and utilisation of the nurse-led, general practice clinic co-located ‘Mater CALD Healthcare Coordinator Service’ for patients from multicultural backgrounds. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 2022.
        8. Creamer S, Blair S, Toombs M, Brolan CE. Indigenous services leading the way for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care. Social Work Education. 2022.
        9. D’cunha K, Park Y, Protani MM, Reeves MM. Circadian rhythm disrupting behaviours and cancer outcomes in breast cancer survivors: a systematic review. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 2022.
        10. Dasgupta P, Cameron JK, Cramb SM, Trevithick RW, Aitken JF, Mengersen K, Baade PD. Geographical and spatial disparities in the incidence and survival of rare cancers in Australia. International Journal of Cancer. 2022.
        11. Endalamaw A, Gilks CF, Ambaw F, Habtewold TD, Assefa Y. Universal Health Coverage for Antiretroviral Treatment: A Review. Infectious Disease Reports. 2022;15(1):1.
        12. Firman P, Tan KS, Clavarino A, Taing MW, Dixon S, Singh H, Whitfield K. The Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Pharmacist-Managed Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) Service for Vancomycin-A Pilot Study. Pharmacy. 2022;10(6).
        13. Getaneh Y, Ning F, He QX, Rashid A, Kassa D, Assefa Y, Yi F, Liao LJ, Shao YM. Survival and Predictors of Mortality among Adults Initiating Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy in Ethiopia: A Retrospective Cohort Study (2007-2019). Biomed Research International. 2022;2022.
        14. James-Martin G, Baird DL, Hendrie GA, Bogard J, Anastasiou K, Brooker PG, Wiggins B, Williams G, Herrero M, Lawrence M, Lee AJ, Riley MD. Environmental sustainability in national food-based dietary guidelines: a global review. The Lancet Planetary Health. 2022;6(12):e977-e86.
        15. Jayawardana D, Gannon B, Doust J, Mishra GD. Excess healthcare costs of psychological distress in young women: Evidence from linked national Medicare claims data. Health Economics.
        16. Keating SE, Croci I, Wallen MP, Cox ER, Thuzar M, Pham U, Mielke GI, Coombes JS, Macdonald GA, Hickman IJ. High-Intensity Interval Training is Safe, Feasible and Efficacious in Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Dig Dis Sci. 2022:1.
        17. Khan A, Green K, Khandaker G, Lawler S, Gartner C. A case study of an academic-stakeholder partnership: Evaluation of the '10 000 Lives' smoking cessation health promotion program. Health Promot J Austr. 2022.
        18. Khatri RB, Mengistu TS, Assefa Y. Input, process, and output factors contributing to quality of antenatal care services: a scoping review of evidence. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2022;22(1):977.
        19. Lansbury N, Redmond AM, Nona F. Community-Led Health Initiatives for Torres Straits Island Communities in a Changing Climate: Implementing Core Values for Mitigation and Adaptation. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(24).
        20. Moss K, Meurk C, Steele ML, Heffernan E. Physical Health and Activity of Inpatients under Forensic Mental Health Care: A Cross-Sectional Survey and Audit of Patients in a High Secure Setting in Queensland, Australia. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. 2022.
        21. Parkinson J, Hannan T, McDonald N, Moriarty S, Nguyen M, Ball L. Using a Collective Impact framework to evaluate an Australian health alliance for improving health outcomes. Health Promot Int. 2022;37(6).
        22. Primiero CA, Finnane A, Yanes T, Peach B, Soyer HP, McInerney-Leo AM. Protocol to evaluate a pilot program to upskill clinicians in providing genetic testing for familial melanoma. PLoS ONE. 2022;17(12 December).
        23. Puljevic C, Cook S, Ferris J, Ward C. Barriers and enablers of screening and brief intervention programme implementation for alcohol-related injuries in a South African trauma center: Views of health care providers. African Journal of Drug & Alcohol Studies. 2022;20(2).
        24. Sanjida S, Garvey G, Ward J, Bainbridge R, Shakeshaft A, Hadikusumo S, Nelson C, Thilakaratne P, Hou XY. Indigenous Australians' Experiences of Cancer Care: A Narrative Literature Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(24).
        25. Shahiri Tabarestani E, Hadian S, Pham QB, Ali SA, Phung DT. Flood potential mapping by integrating the bivariate statistics, multi-criteria decision-making, and machine learning techniques. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment. 2022.
        26. Tao JW, Zheng H, Ho HC, Wang XL, Hossain MZ, Bai ZL, Wang N, Su H, Xu ZW, Cheng J. Urban-rural disparity in heatwave effects on diabetes mortality in eastern China: A case-crossover analysis in 2016-2019. Science of the Total Environment. 2023;858.
        27. Thakuri DS, K. C. Singh Y, Karkee R, Khatri RB. Knowledge and practices of modern contraceptives among religious minority (Muslim) women: A cross-sectional study from Southern Nepal. PLOS ONE.2022;17(12):e0278899.
        28. Toombs MR, Curtis C, Brolan CE. Supporting Indigenous health equity strategic planning: a Queensland perspective. Med J Aust. 2023;218(1):5-8.
        29. Tran NQL, Nghiem S, Chu C, Luong MA, Ho TT, Phung D. The Prevalence of Heat-related Illnesses and Associated Factors among Rice Farmers in Vietnam. Journal of Agromedicine. 2022.
        30. Wang WJ, Liu WJ, Chen QL, Yuan Y, Wang PT. Targeting CSC-related transcription factors by E3 ubiquitin ligases for cancer therapy. Seminars in Cancer Biology. 2022;87:84-97.
        31. Weller S, May M, McCredden J, Leach V, Phung D, Belyaev I. Comment on “5G mobile networks and health-a state-of-the-science review of the research into low-level RF fields above 6 GHz” by Karipidis et al. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. 2023;33(1):17-20.
        32. Wittenhagen L, Doran C, Brady J, Heffernan E, Meurk C. Understanding and enhancing responses to distress in the construction industry: protocol for a data linkage study. BMJ Open. 2022;12(12):e061695.
        33. Wu Q, Yang M, Wu K, Su H, Huang C, Xu Z, Ho HC, Zheng H, Zhang W, Tao J, Dang TAT, Hossain MZ, Khan MA, Bogale D, Cheng J. Abnormal ambient temperature change increases the risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: A systematic review and meta-analysis of exposure types, risk, and vulnerable populations. Sci Total Environ. 2022;861:160554.
        34. Youlden DR, Baade PD, Aitken JF. Long-term childhood cancer survival in Australia using period estimation. Pediatric Blood & Cancer. 2022;70(2).
        35. Zheng H, Wang QQ, Fu JG, Ding Z, Cheng J, Xu ZW, Xu Y, Xia YK. Geographical variation in the effect of ambient temperature on infectious diarrhea among children under 5 years. Environ Res. 2023;216.


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        From the Director’s desk 

        Welcome to our new Centre Manager, Chris Shannon who commenced at UQCCR late last year. Chris joins us from the UQ School of Public Health where he was School Manager for four years. Chris has previously worked in the UQ Faculty of Science and the QUT Creative Industries Faculty in roles that include School Manager, Institute Manager, and Faculty Finance Manager. Chris has a Master of Business in leadership, authored a book on structured problem solving, and will commence a part-time PhD with the UQ Business School in 2023. I trust you will make Chris feel welcome. He will be a tremendous asset for us, and I look forward to making the most of his amazing skills and experience. Chris is very pleased to be working at UQCCR and is looking forward to getting to know everyone in the Centre over the coming weeks and months.  

        UQCCR Update newsletter

        We are putting a new process in place for the UQCCR Update newsletter. To assist with communication of information to all UQCCR staff and students, please send any newsletter items that you would like included to our new email: Please remember to keep submissions to 60 words, avoid using tables, bullet points and coloured font. You can access the 2023 submission deadlines and publication dates on the Faculty Staff Hub. 

        Statistical support 

        Want help with study design, data analysis, manuscript, grant application or PhD supervision? To discuss bespoke statistical support at UQCCR, please complete a request form or email Mark Chatfield.  Mark, or a member of the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) will follow up with you. For more information about the Faculty’s Research and Statistical Support Services (RASSS), read the UQCCR Statistical Support document, which you can find in the Sharepoint folder under the Research Support banner.

        UQ clinical trials procedure 

        If you are establishing a clinical trial, please check the UQ Ethics page to ensure that you are familiar with UQ requirements, such as submitting additional notifications, obtaining any additional insurance for international sites, completing the UQ template Risk Assessment and Management Plan (RAMP), and ensuring your GCP training is current. Sabine and Hanna, who work on Faculty of Medicine UQCCR Contracts, are happy to assist with any enquires. Alternatively, please visit the Research Support team in Room 735 for any questions.

        Volunteers needed

        UQCCR and Centre for Advanced Imaging are conducting a clinical trial on a new way to deliver a commonly used imaging contrast agent. You may qualify if you are healthy, aged between 18-55, and can have an MRI scan. Qualified volunteers will attend up to two site visits, receive payment for their time and be reimbursed of travel expenses. Please contact Bernadette Rickards to learn more.

        Toolbox Talks 

        Please send through any requests for 2023 Toolbox talk topics to Chris Shannon. Recordings now available on the UQCCR intranet under ‘research resources’. Seminar Series recordings are available.

        After-hours access to UQCCR 

        If you require access outside of work hours, 6am-6pm, Monday-Friday, please get in touch with Chris Shannon as soon as possible. There is a two-day lead time to arrange access, so unfortunately, this cannot be done on the same day as your request. Please do your best to plan your research accordingly.

        Event approvals 

        If you are planning an event, please ensure you first visit the UQ Events page to get the latest information on the event approval process and access current application forms. This will avoid delays in the approval process. Please also loop in UQCCR Marketing Manager, Tyne Hamilton.

         QUEX Institute Strategic Grant Scheme 

        The QUEX Institute Strategic Grant Scheme is now accepting applications. The scheme requires matching funds. The Faculty encourages applications to identify funds from local sources and external partners, wherever possible. Should there be a shortfall, the Faculty will consider shortfall requests on a case-by-case basis. Please submit applications and funding requests to by Thursday, 9 February. Please read the guidelines and application form. 


        Many research contracts submitted for signature are not using the UQ costing and pricing tool and do not factor in overheads or provide a relevant independent exemption reference, such as the funding body’s rules on their website. Failure to confirm these aspects early can mean delays in getting your contract signed or GRL issued. If you have any questions about the CPT or overheads, please contact Roheen


        FACs and research contracts require confirmation that your online COI disclosures, if applicable, have been approved by UQ, before a GRL can be issued or a research contract signed. Online approval happens via Workday in consultation with your line manager. As the COI process can take a few weeks, please ensure that you attend to your annual COI and any updates, and factor in the timing required to avoid delays.

        Research infrastructure 

        You can now access a spreadsheet via the UQCCR intranet that lists all current core equipment available in the Clinical Trials Support Unit on Level 3 and that which can be borrowed from individual research groups. In addition, the equipment wish list is now live and can be viewed and added to as required. 

        Research funding support 

        Visit the Faculty website for current research funding opportunities. Please contact Hanna Reinebrant well ahead of any deadline if you are planning to apply for upcoming opportunities and Sara Gollschewski to discuss strategic funding alignment. You can find a summary of funding support and assistance available to researchers for administration, reporting and closing out of existing funding in this document under 'Research Resources'.

        Advertising HDR scholarships

        If you have a scholarship for an HDR student, for example, one that is provided by UQ for CIAs on ARC, NHMRC or MRFF grants, then advertise it on the Faculty's HDR website. Submit your project details using this form.

        UQCCR Buddy system

        The Wellbeing committee is excited about the UQCCR Buddy system, which helps settle new staff and students into the Centre. We hope to give our new staff members the email address of someone at their level (HEW/academic/student) who is from a different research theme or area, so they have someone independent to contact for advice.

        We are looking for volunteers to list their email addresses and offer this service to new starters. This will not be an onerous task, rather a sense of community will improve your wellbeing and that of our community! 
        If you’d like to volunteer to be a buddy for a new person in our CCR community, please send your name, position or level (e.g. HDR student / Academic Level B), email address and a fun fact about yourself or a quote that you love to Tracey Harvey.

        UQCCR Walking club 

        The UQCCR Walking club is taking a break over summer. Keep your eyes on the Update for notice of resumption in 2023 when the weather cools. If you would like to join or know more information, please contact Kate Matthews.

        Are you a well being?

        Did you know that many UQCCR staff have undertaken the required training to help us? This includes Mental Health Champions, UQ Allies and First Aiders. Access our full list of well-being contacts.

        UQCCR Lifeblood team 

        Apologies to those who have tried to join the UQCCR Lifeblood team without success. Updated instructions are as follows:

        • Step 1 Register for an account or log in if you are already registered to donate blood.
        • Step 2 Click on ‘MyDetails’ followed by ‘Manage Preferences’ and the Lifeblood Teams option will come up. Start typing ‘University of Queensland’ and several UQ-related options will appear. Scroll down until you find University of Queensland UQCCR. Note: you need to type University of Queensland in full before the options will start showing, just typing UQCCR won’t work. The blood donation van sits outside UQCCR every three months, so be sure to join us then. 

        Twitter Blitz – Career Development Committee 

        Interested in becoming a UQCCR Twitter Champion? If you are interested, please contact Kate Matthews. The role includes: 

        • Keeping and following all UQCCR Twitter handles and being available to help others with Twitter questions 

        • Always using #UQCCR and @UQMedicine 

        • Promoting your work and that of others in the building 

        • Sharing and adjusting the template tweets posted on Microsoft Teams 

        • Tweeting once a week 

        Australian Dementia Network webinar

        Join us on Thursday 9 February, 11.45am-1pm AEST when the Australian Dementia Network hosts a free webinar titled: Overcoming Translational Research ChallengesAustralian researchers and clinicians will discuss how they navigate challenges and develop strategies for successful translational research in neuroscience. Register now. 


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        Pivot-Research Professional (Pivot-RP) platform

        The UQ Research Office is transitioning to the Pivot-Research Professional (Pivot-RP) platform as the primary tool to assist researchers in finding competitive research funding opportunities. Pivot-RP accelerates the research process by providing access to the most comprehensive global source of funding opportunities, facilitating collaborator discovery and offering insights and short-cuts to help research organizations win a larger share of available funding.

        Access the Pivot-RP tool and use the institutional drop-down menu to sign-in. For more information please contact the University Research Office Grants Team or Andrew Burgess.

        Frazer Institute Seminar Series

        Dr Mathew Jones will present DNA replication using nanopore sequencing and chemical genetics on Wednesday 1 February, 9.30-10.30am in the TRI Auditorium and via Zoom. Mathew’s research is focused on understanding the kinase-dependent signalling pathways that regulate DNA replication and how these processes are rewired in cancer cells to manage replication stress.

        Dr Yash Chhabra will present Sexual dimorphism of the aging tumour microenvironment dictates invasion and therapy resistance in melanoma on Monday 6 February, 9.30-10.30am in the TRI Auditorium and via ZoomYash’s research is aimed at deciphering the pathways underlying sex disparity of the aging tumour microenvironment in melanoma and is the focus of his independent research program which aims to understand vulnerabilities and targets for intervention towards tailored therapeutic strategies.

        Dr Giovanni Povoleri will present Human T cells, is it all about IL-10 and IL-17? on Wednesday 8 February, 9.30-10.30am in the TRI Auditorium and via ZoomGiovanni’s current research focuses on identifying the cellular and molecular differences in human tissue resident memory (TRM) T cells within the synovial fluid of patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) or RA.

        Ventures LeadHers Staff Day

        We’re excited to announce our first Ventures LeadHers Staff Day in 2023, exclusively open to all women who are professional staff at UQ. This event (sponsored by UniSuper) will be held on 10 February and includes a half-day program where participants network and learn from women leading in their fields and develop skills to progress their own careers. Submit an EOI to be notified when registrations open.

        UQ Warm Welcome Program

        The Warm Welcome Program helps new staff from overseas settle into life in Australia by connecting them with a current UQ staff member. Request a Welcome for a new employee migrating from overseas or volunteer to become a UQ Welcomer by submitting an expression of interest

        Online travel approval process

        There has been a recent change to the staff travel approval process. All staff are now able to submit requests for their planned domestic and international travel via the new UniTask Travel Request form. Detailed resources, including domestic and international workflow diagrams, templates and user guides are available on the UQ Travel website. For any questions, please contact the Travel team for advice.

        Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Confidence Workshop

        Due to popular demand, John Briggs is back – if you missed the workshop last year don’t miss out on this online event! As part of the Faculty of Medicine's commitment to the Indigenous Research Strategic Intent, we invite you to join us for an online interactive cultural confidence workshop on Wednesday 15 February, 12-2pm, via Zoom. Register to attend by 10 February.

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