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Mandatory OHS training requirements for managers and supervisors

Please note that there are mandatory OHS training requirements additional to the standard HSW and Annual Fire safety training modules for Academic and Professional Staff Supervisors and Managers. If you’re a manager or supervisor, please complete the online module and register for the Instructor-led training as soon as possible.

For HEW 5-8 Supervisors and Academic Supervisors;

  1. Supervisor Work Health and safety Responsibilities Online module, and;
  2. Instructor – led training via Staff Development (OHS for Supervisors and Managers training)

For HEW 9-10 Managers and above, and Academic Managers; 

  1. Supervisor Work Health and safety Responsibilities Online module, and;
  2. Instructor – led training via Staff Development (HSW and Senior Managers training)

End of year payroll and advertising deadlines

With the end of the year fast approaching, please see the Pay and Advertising deadlines within People Services in HR for December 2019 / January 2020.

2019 End of year finance deadlines

Year end is just around the corner and Finance deadlines have been advised. To ensure we meet the year end timetable can you please ensure transactions are submitted according to the timetable. Contact your local transaction team member for further advice. CI’s should check My Balance to ensure any transactions related to projects coming to an end are processed. Contact your local advisory member for further advice on your project status.

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People and culture 

Stuck for a last minute gift idea?

Give the gift of hope this festive season by supporting a medical research area that is meaningful to you. Our researchers in chronic disease, cancer and immunology are some of the best in the world, and your gift could help further their amazing work. Visit our website or contact to make your special gift.

Thank you 

Tori, Nic, Lee, Georgie, Lucy and Emma would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported the Advancement team or made a donation in support of scholarships, research and teaching throughout the year. There are too many of you to name here. We are proud to have you as part of our workplace and philanthropic community.

Support the girls

For Christmas this year we'll be providing gifts to Support the Girls. Support the Girls Australia is a charity that provides a grassroots framework of action to empower women to escape the cycle of poverty, violence, trauma or multiple structural oppressions. If you would like to contribute one or more packs, please refer to the attached flyer

National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 2019

The Faculty of Medicine was a major sponsor of the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation’s (ACCF) recent fundraising event Orange is the new Black: an evening with ACCF, where guests enjoyed hearing from ACCF Ambassador and athlete Jana Pittman. Our partnership helps further the impact of Professor Ian Frazer and his team’s Gardasil development and impact through vaccination programs.

Nominate a remarkable Queenslander today

Now in its 20th year, the Queensland Greats Awards recognise the efforts and achievements of remarkable individuals and institutions for their invaluable contribution to the history and development of our great state. Nominations are open across three categories: individual, institution, and posthumous. Please send your suggested nominees to before 24 December.

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Teaching and learning

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Professional development 

2020 Queensland Women in STEM Prize

The 2020 Queensland Women in STEM Prize is now open for applications. Three professional development bursaries of $5000 are available. Applications close 4 February 2020.

Upcoming Health, Safety and Wellness events

Mental Health First Aid

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Visit the Faculty Research Alert page

Graduate Digital Research Fellowship applications now open

The Graduate Digital Research Fellowship Program is designed to prepare research students to academic or non-academic careers in digital scholarship. Fellows are confirmed research students who will spend one year honing their digital skills to enhance their current research/thesis topic. They will work with local and international digital research practitioners to create a scholarly work that uses digital research methods (digital publication, software, data sets etc.) . Expressions of interest are sought from current HDR students and close on 31 January 2020. Find out more about the fellowship.

ThinkSwiss Scholarships

The ThinkSwiss Asia-Pacific research scholarship is open for applications. The program provides grants to Bachelor and Masters students enrolled at Australian universities for a 3-month research internship at a Swiss university. Applications will close on the 15th January 2020. More information.

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ASI Conference

Join us for the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology. The conference aims to provide another innovative and dynamic scientific program spread over five days. Call for abstracts close 30 August. 8–12 December, Adelaide Convention Centre. 



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In response to UQ’s Reconciliation Action Plan, each fortnightly CHRC Update will include a fast fact about our Australian Indigenous Culture.

Did you know: Archaeologists have dated Aboriginal cultural practices back to over 60,000-80,000 years ago. This makes Aboriginal culture the oldest living culture in all of history. 

Upcoming events

Get involved by attending CHRC and other seminar series and events listed here.

Children’s Neuroscience Research Symposium: Emerging Management Therapies for Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders

This international two-day symposium is open to all researchers, clinicians, health professionals, nursing and allied health staff with an interest in the most recent evidence informing the rare neurodevelopmental disorders clinical research. Emerging research will be showcased across a range of neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Refractory Epilepsy, CDKL5 and Angelman’s Syndrome. Registration is free of charge with light refreshments provided. Register or submit an abstract. 6—7 February 2020, Level 7, Auditorium, Queensland Children's Hospital.



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Welcome to CHSR Summer Scholars

CHSR is delighted to welcome 7 students as part of the Summer Scholars program. The students will occupy both floors of Building 33 as follows:

Ground floor Floor 2
  • Klowie Stewart
  • Laura Mitchell
  • Keshia De Guzman
  • Ahmad Zainal Abidin
  • Shamima Banu Mohamed Ansari
  • James O'Leary
  • Nadine Jing Fang Wooi

Key dates

For a schedule of events/key dates, please refer to the following:

Time & Location
Thursday, 12 December
4—7pm, TRI Atrium
CHSR Christmas Party
Monday, 13 January
Summer Scholar lunch time session (Bring your lunch)
Summer Scholar farewell morning tea

Upcoming events

Get involved by attending CHSR and other seminar series and events listed here.

CHSR Christmas Function

This year CHSR will be hosting a Christmas function from 4pm on Thursday 12 December at the TRI Atrium! If you have not already responded, please RSVP urgently by emailing and ensure you indicate any dietary requirements or preferences. We look forward to seeing you there!



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MD Curriculum Review

Thank you to all of those more than 150 colleagues who attended a workshop on our curriculum review in the past few weeks. These sessions have been a valuable opportunity to get feedback and input to our draft graduate attributes for the new program. The design of our new curriculum was also a major focus at our December MD Quarterly Forum last Wednesday which saw colleagues work in small groups to provide input to the future program structure.

For those that have not been able to attend a workshop but would like to contribute,  please contact the project team ( or visit the curriculum review project webpage which provides an option to leave feedback as well as more details about progress with the project.

Medical Leadership Program (MLP) - applications open

In a fast-changing and challenging profession, doctors increasingly require influential leadership and business management skills. Technical expertise aside, to be an excellent medical practitioner you must effectively make decisions, communicate, negotiate, and work collaboratively with stakeholders.

The Medical Leadership Program (MLP), a tailor-made Graduate Certificate in Business Leadership (GCBusLead) addresses these challenges.  The MLP is open to current doctors in Australia and domestic UQ medical students and current doctors.  Applications are now open until 31 January.

Upcoming events

Get involved by attending seminar series and events listed here.


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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.


From the Head of School

Although I was unable to attend the recent Teaching Retreat (as I was interstate), I was pleased to hear about the good attendance and robust interaction. Thanks to Lizzie for being Acting Head of School in my absence.

Thank you also to Carl for organising the recent Anatomy training day. The event was well attended by staff and students associated with teaching in the GAF and fulfils the regulator’s expectations under the Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1979

The SBMS Summer Dissection Scholarship and RACS Dissection Awards program is now underway with 20 of our best anatomy students undertaking high-level dissection projects over December and January. Students complete 100 hours of dissection and the three best projects will receive a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Award for Best Dissection. Many thanks to Andrew Veprek for coordinating the event.

MND Innovator Grants successes

Congratulation to the following staff:

  • Dr John Lee: “Investigating the therapeutic inhibition of CXCR2 as a disease modifying treatment for motor neurone disease”
  • Dr Frederik Steyn: “Tipping the Scales on MND: Preclinical testing of a compound with multiple actions to slow disease progression in MND”
  • Associate Professor Trent Woodruff: “Transcriptomic and Functional Evaluation of Immune-Activated Monocytes in MND”

SBMS Research, Teaching and Learning Awards Night – Friday 13 December at Customs House

We look forward to seeing everyone dressed in ‘freaky or formal’ attire. Be early to enjoy canapés on the Terrace commencing at 6:00pm.

Date Savers

February 10
Academic Appraisal Presentation with Peter Adams including lunch


Walk-in Finance Queries

Walk-in (transactional) Finance queries should occur between 1.00-3.00pm (daily) for the remainder of the year.  Otherwise, email, where your request will be triaged and resolved as soon as possible.  This short-term arrangement will allow Finance Staff to focus on fulfilling UQ’s End of Year Deadlines.


Invitation to SBMS - The Personal Advisor Network (PAN)

In 2020, all incoming MD students will be matched with a Personal Advisor as part of the Medical Student Support Strategy (2018-2020).  Personal advisors need to be a UQ staff member or have a formal UQ affiliation, and have experience in the field of medicine or in working with medical students.  SBMS staff and honoraries who are suitably qualified and feel they can offer mentoring (including pastoral and academic) support are encouraged to get in touch with Emma Ryan, Coordinator Medical Student Support:

Buildings and Maintenance

Staff ID cards

The process to gain a University staff card has recently simplified - the PF632 application form is to be downloaded from here and signed off by the School's representative, Harmony Rose. It can then be taken to the Prentice Building for processing and on the spot provision of a staff card.

The process to get access put onto the card remains current - simply complete the SBMS Swipecard Access Application form and deliver it to the Goods Receiving Dock for processing.

Genesearch eFreezer

SBMS has successfully secured its own Genesearch eFreezer, which will be commissioned in the coming weeks. It will provide Genesearch & NEB Biolabs products based upon the School's purchasing pattern over the past year. It will be located opposite the Goods Receiving area on level 1 of the Macgregor Building. Notification will be given when it is ready for use.

Equipment servicing

All -80C freezers were recently serviced as well as all autoclaves across all buildings. Early next year, we will look to have all incubators serviced. The Biosafety cabinets / laminar flow cabinets continue to be serviced in January, July and November each year.

2020 Capital Replacement Program

We are beginning to review the list of aged operational equipment in preparation for the Faculty and the School capital replacement programs next year. If any of your equipment are earmarked for replacement, we will be in touch with you to determine its need, urgency and schedule of replacement.

If you have school-owned equipment/assets that is in dire need of replacement (ie, broken, breaking, obsolete) and you are not sure it will show on the aged equipment list, please contact Harmony Rose with a request to have it be considered for replacement.

Spark Proof Fridge

A new spark proof fridge has been purchased for the Macgregor building, now located in the Instrument room on level 4 (room 418). Individual trays have been set up on different racks for people to store their flammables - please mark the tray with your name to identify your items.

Office / Lab Relocations

Dr Laura Grice
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Ruitenberg Research Group
81 - 525
Dr Weihao Wang
Visiting Academic
Chen Research Group
64 - 507A
Dr Ling Cui
Vising Academic
Chen Research Group
64 - 409
Dr Aaron Urquhart
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Gobe Research Group
Dr Fang GENG
Visiting Academic
Chen Research Group
64 - 507A

AuPS student poster prizes to SBMS students

At the Australian Physiological Society Meeting at ANU, Canberra, Luke Pearce won poster presentation prize and Crystal Seng won runner-up poster presentation prize. Both are from the Muscle Research Lab. Their presentations were:

  • Chronic Ca2+ leak in ryanodine receptor variants change plasma membrane Ca2+ handling properties L. Pearce and B.S. Launikonis
  • Methods of examining mitochondrial Ca2+ and inorganic phosphate buffering in skeletal muscle. C. Seng and B.S. Launikonis 

Upcoming events

Get involved by attending SBMS and other seminar series and events listed here.



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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.


  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

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 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.

CAHP deadlines

For information on CAHP deadlines please click here.

Graduation ceremonies 

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

SPH reminders

  1. Attend our SPH Seminar Series every Tuesday from 1—2pm. For more information click here
  2. If you miss attending a seminar session, recordings are available here
  3. For all research and consultancy support contact

Upcoming events

Get involved by attending SPH and other seminar series and events listed here.


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From the Director’s Desk

On 10 December I will have the pleasure of announcing the winners of this year’s Directors Awards at our All Staff meeting. Thank you to those who took the time to nominate your colleagues for recognition, and to those who recently received external awards and achievements:

  • Priya Kalita de Croft – Rose-Anne Kelso Commemorative Award
  • Best oral presenters at the Faculty of Medicine HDR Symposium: Amanda Bordin, Abriami Ratnasingham, Lancy Iljas, and Aakanksha Dixit (giving UQCCR the most winners of any Medicine unit)
  • Lena Oestreich - IBRO travel grant
  • Congratulations to Carlos Salomon for becoming an Australian citizen at the end of November.

A big thank you to everyone for their contribution at UQCCR this year, regardless of whether you received an award or not. The people are what gives this Centre a wonderful, productive environment and makes it a great place to work. I look forward to further successes in the New Year, but in the meantime, please enjoy whatever break you are having over the next few weeks, and stay safe wherever you are.

Dates for diaries

6 December
Faculty of Medicine awards night
10 December
UQCCR Awards
11 December
UQCCR seminar
25 December – 1 January 2020
UQ Christmas closure

HR matters

With the end of the year fast approaching, please see the Pay and Advertising deadlines within People Services in HR for December 2019 / January 2020.

UQCCR operations

Christmas is almost upon us, and we’d like to remind everyone that UQCCR will officially be closed from Wednesday, 25 December until Wednesday, 1 January. Normal operations will resume on Thursday, 2 January. We’d appreciate a quick clear out of tearoom fridges and lab biohazard bins prior to leaving for the break, and please remember to turn off any non-essential equipment, computers and lights. Note that the office and kitchen rubbish bins will not be emptied on Christmas Eve (24 December), so please take any perishable waste home with you!

If you require entry to the building during this time, please contact one of the floor managers to arrange access.

UQ matters

Conflicts of interest

The University has changed how it manages its Conflict of Interest disclosures. There is now a new online tool that allows staff to identify any conflicts through six simple questions. This tool is now live and can be accessed here. Please note that all paper disclosures must be transferred into the new online tool early in 2020.

Multi-factor authentication

UQ is now rolling out multi-factor authentication (MFA) to all organisational units to provide an extra layer of online security. UQCCR staff will need to start using MFA from Wednesday 11 December. Logging in using MFA requires two items to identify you:

  1. Something you ‘know’ (your username and password).
  2. Something you ‘have’ (such as your mobile phone).

Ensure you activate MFA before Wednesday, 11 Dececember 2019.

Most people find the most convenient way to use MFA is on their mobile phone. To use MFA on your smartphone you will need to install the Duo Mobile MFA app and register your device.

If you don’t have a smartphone, or are not able to use one in your work area, contact the ITS Service Desk.

Note: you will not be able to log in to a number of UQ services with just your username and password after Wednesday, 11 Dec 2019. You will need MFA to complete your login process.


Please remember to check with Sabine Sand (Research Partnerships Manager) or Sarah Piper (Centre Manager) before you sign any contract with an external entity. This includes agreements with your collaborators, industry partners and hospitals. Many will need to be signed by the Centre Director, Executive Dean or the UQ DVCR, so please check first.

Extraordinary science…

Each Update will take a look at an interesting article from our colleagues in the fascinating, and often peculiar, world of science.

This week’s article is one for those who are searching for the value in cats. Seismologist Celeste Labedz has an idea for putting Fitbits on cats to build an earthquake early warning system. Read about it here.

Upcoming events

Get involved by attending UQCCR and other seminar series and events listed here.

UQCCR Seminar Series

Professor David Copland and Dr Kirat Chand are the guest speakers for the next UQCCR Seminar Series. Wednesday 11 December, 12—1pm,  UQCCR Auditorium.


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Highly Cited Researchers 2019

Congratulations to UQ Diamantina Institute’s recent appointee, Professor Di Yu who was one of 28 UQ researchers named in the prestigious Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list from the Web of Science Group, which recognises scientists who have published a high number of papers that rank in the top 1% most-cited in their respective fields. See UQ News for the full story.

Animal Ethics Committee 2020

There is no January 2020 meeting. Meetings will resume in February 2020.

Upcoming events

Get involved by attending UQDI and other seminar series and events listed here.

UQDI – Building for the Future; People, Purpose, Passion

As 2019 draws to a close, we are going to hold a very special event at UQDI for all staff and students. We would love for you to join us. Friday 13 December, 12—8pm, TRI Auditorium and Atrium. Registrations are essential by 3 December 2019.

UQDI Seminar Series

Each month UQDI hosts an external researcher to present a seminar to all staff and students.

TRI Monthly Seminar Series

The TRI Monthly Seminar Series aims to attract internationally renowned speakers to present at TRI.TRI based researchers, if you would like to nominate a speaker, please contact them to ascertain their availability. If the speaker would like to present at TRI, please complete the online form and submit to

TRI Student Seminar Series

Each week, several research higher degree students and post-doctorate researchers will give a presentation on their research.These seminars will be held every Thursday, from 3–4pm in the Level 7 Staff Lounge. Drinks and snacks will be provided from 3pm.

TRI Cancer Seminar Series

This is an interdisciplinary seminar series, highlighting cutting edge clinical, translational, and basic research topics in cancer from our research partner institutes – UQ Diamantina, QUT and the Mater.

TRI Immunology Seminar Series

This fortnightly series features exciting research updates from ongoing early-to-mid career Immunology researchers, covering basic to translational research topics in immunology and immunotherapy.



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