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.


Professional Staff Forum recording

The Zoom recording of the Professional Staff Forum held on 24 June is now available for those who missed it. Watch it here.

Face to face email banner

A "Face to face with a little space" email banner is available for download for those who would like to use it.

Herston campus works

With staff starting to return to Herston campus, here's a reminder to all of the continuing works of the Herston Quarter.

  • Pedestrian diversions remain in place on the northern side of Herston Road.
  • Installation of High Voltage cables along Fourth Avenue are scheduled in July. This work will require the full closure of the northern exit ramp of the Bramston Terrace Carpark and Childcare Carpark on Saturday 4 and 11 July. 
  • Rock hammering and excavation will continue this week in the heritage precinct. These noisy works are scheduled to take place over the coming months.
  • Excavation on the former Milk Kitchen site commenced on Thursday 25 June. This work will be particularly noisy and may require some rock breaking.
  • Increasing truck movements to and from the heritage site via Back Road and Fourth Avenue will continue over the coming weeks.

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People and culture 

UQ Open Day 2020 – Academic and Staff Volunteers Needed

We invite Faculty of Medicine academics and staff members to volunteer their time towards answering questions from future students via the online chat function during the 2020 virtual Open Day event. Your contribution and expertise is an important part of this virtual experience. Sign up to help.

New scholarship for Doctor of Medicine students

Thank you to class of 1966 medical graduates, Don and Isobel Perry-Keene, who generously donated $100,000 to establish the Drs Donald and Isobel Perry-Keene Family Scholarship. Don and Isobel met and fell in love while studying at UQ. We are proud to continue their legacy through this scholarship, which UQ has matched dollar-for-dollar through the Create Change Scholarship Match offer.

The benefits of year end giving

Students in financial need, life-changing research, scholarships and prizes that reward student achievement…together, our support has significant impact. Make your one-off donation or register for a convenient UQ staff payroll deduction by 30 June and enjoy potential benefits this tax year. Through your generosity, you’ll create change for yourself and for many others.

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Teaching and learning

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Professional development 

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Visit the Faculty Research Alert page

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Geriatric Seminar Series

Frederick Graham will present on Do hospital nurses recognise pain in older agitated patients with cognitive impairment? A descriptive correlational study using virtual simulation. Wednesday 8 July 2020, 12.30-1.30pm. Please join us via Zoom Video Conference. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: Visit the event page for more information.

Social and emotional wellbeing during the COVID-19 lockdown and the re-emergence of #BLM: The leadership and experience of Indigenous women

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) and the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health invite you to a webinar on Thursday 9 July 2020 at 1pm featuring the Healing Foundation, 1800Respect and two professional Aboriginal women in their fields of work. The panel will discuss self-caring and the importance of looking after health and wellbeing during difficult times for our women. Visit the webpage for further information and to register.

Indigenous Research: who is it really for and who benefits?

Join our panel of experts as they discuss how research in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities doesn’t recognise culturally appropriate healthcare solutions and the implications of this failure. They will consider how research can be designed to work with and benefit Indigenous communities, deliver results that can be translated into policy and ultimately make an impact. 13 July 2020, 5.30–6.30pm. Register now.

3MT Faculty of Medicine Heats

The Graduate School has made the decision to move the 2020 UQ Three Minute Thesis Competition to a virtual format (video submission) in the best interests of public health. Please come along and support the UQ Faculty of Medicine HDR students as they present their thesis in 3 minutes.

Milestone Seminars

UQ’s milestones are designed to provide HDR students with an opportunity to articulate their research to colleagues and receive feedback and guidance. There are three milestones – Confirmation, Mid-candidature Review, and Thesis Review. View a list of upcoming Faculty milestone seminars

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Upcoming events

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



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Aged Care Data Compare project commences

The ‘Aged Care Data Compare’ project, which began last month, will help to improve access and exchange of information used to measure the levels, quality and results of services provided to residents in aged care facilities across Australia. Project outcomes include developing a technical data specification for the healthcare data shared by residential aged care facility (RACF) providers, and building a prototype data hub so providers can exchange data, and benchmark the care they provide. Visit the project webpage for more information. You can also register for the project commencement webinar on 17 July 2020.


Telehealth in lockdown meant 7 million fewer chances to transmit the coronavirus

Since March, when Medicare-funded phone and video consultations with doctors and other health workers were made available to all Australians, millions of appointments have been delivered remotely. Read the article written by Professor Anthony Smith, Associate Professor Liam Caffery and Dr Centaine Snoswell on The Conversation.

Upcoming events

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

COH Telehealth Webinar - Optimising your video conference experience

Associate Professor Liam Caffery will present on ways to optimise your network, display, video camera, audio, lighting and acoustics to make you video conference as close to an in person interaction as possible.

Wednesday 1 July 2020, 12.30—1pm (Seminar presentation) and 1—1.20pm (Panel discussion). 

Panellists this month include:

  • Dr Annie Banbury, Telehealth Research Officer, Centre for Online Health, CHSR
  • Dr Helen Haydon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Telehealth Consultant, Centre for Online Health, CHSR
  • Associate Prof Liam Caffery, Telehealth Technology Director, Centre for Online Health
  • Ms Jackie Plunkett, President, ATHS
  • Prof Anthony Smith, Director, Centre for Online Health, CHSR (Webinar Chairperson)

Please note this meeting is a Zoom Only Webinar. Connect using the following link:

View archived announcements from CHSR

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

Congratulations to James Cuffe and Julia Pagan who have both been confirmed into continuing positions.

I would like to remind staff of the deadline for the completion of annual disclosures, as per the email from the Provost’s Office on 18 June. All fixed-term and continuing staff are required to complete the Conflict of Interest (Disclosure and Management of Interests Register), all academic staff are required to complete the Sensitive Research Register, and all continuing and fixed-term (contracts of 1 year or longer) academic staff, and professional staff at HEW 8 or above, are required to complete the Secondary Employment Register.  We need near 100% compliance with these disclosures.  

A reminder that HDR/Hons/SCIE Project allocations for the first half of 2020 have been distributed to ACA accounts (fund code 131) as well as to Accelerator Grants recipients. Please note that these funds are to be spent in-year and any unspent balances will be returned to the University at the end of year. Moneys will not be carried forward. Allocations in the second half of 2020 will be decided by the end of August.

Log in to your UQ dashboard, click on ‘My Requests’, then ‘New Request’ to complete the necessary registers by the 17 July deadline.

Date savers

23 July
School Staff Meeting, Zoom (details TBA)
23-24 November
Postgraduate Symposium, UQ Centre
30 November
School of Anatomy All Hands Annual Training Session (venue details TBC)

NHMRC Ideas grants: Update

SBMS submitted 25 NHMRC ideas grants on 17 June. Wholehearted thanks to Uli for all her advice and multiple readings, suggestions and correction for this volume of grants. Also important thanks to all who read other’s ’ grants and provided feedback, with a particular thanks to Brian in that regard. I have been advised that a LOT of good grants have been submitted. Although we know they are not all going to get funded, I am encouraged that we are submitting grants that the applicants have made as polished as they can be and are happy and proud of them, and that is what we are striving for. Thanks also to Brittany for overseeing the round and making sure all our forms were filled in and signed off.

A review of clinical frailty research – Knowledge gaps and opportunities for biomedical research

In readiness for HERA, and as a platform to build the capacity for external bids through collaborations, Mark Midwinter has arranged for Professor Ruth Hubbard to present this interactive discussion, to further explore the clinical drivers and how biomedical research can engage. Please join us for this discussion on Friday 24 July (9:30am-12:30pm), in Forgan Smith Building (01), room E109.

Otto Hirschfeld glassware wash-up room

The glassware wash up/autoclave facility on level 5 of the Otto Hirschfeld building will shortly be undergoing a total refurbishment, encompassing new stainless steel benches and shelving, new appliances and a paint/vinyl flooring refresher. The work schedule is still being negotiated with the builder, however, it is anticipated that the room will be unavailable for only a couple of days in July. The autoclave will be temporarily relocated to lab 510. Once the timing has been determined, more information will be communicated to building occupants.

Macgregor Building Cryofacility

The facility has recently had motion-activated lighting installed. This, as well as last year’s security camera installation, will help improve safety.

Improving students referencing skills

Please refer your students to the library’s referencing style guides. Created by UQ Librarians, these comprehensive guides provide examples of reference lists, how to cite different formats such as blogs, audiovisual resources, conference proceedings, etc. Or, encourage your students to use the referencing module in the Write, Cite and Submit section of  Assignments Essentials. This module covers plagiarism, referencing style guides and referencing software. There are even quizzes for students to check their knowledge. Incorporate links to any of these in Learn.UQ (Blackboard) / UQ2U courses.  Contact Juliette Grosvenor for further information.

Strategic Scholarly Publishing Program

Join the library for a workshop that will make you think strategically about scholarly communication and your career progression. This session will help you make informed decisions about where and how to publish your research for a rewarding experience and a growing research career.  Wednesday 22 July 2020 12:00pm - 4:00pm. More library training.

Social soccer
Every Wednesday from 4pm the elite and inexperienced alike will be gathering at the William Dart Park for a round of social soccer. If you've got some steam to run off, join us! It's just a 5min walk from SBMS and the perfect reason to wrap up work for the day. All skill levels are welcome - just keep an eye out for Declan Gorman or if you have any questions feel free to email him. 

Upcoming events

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


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SPH staff updates

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

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

Friendly reminders

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

5 Minutes with Dr Karen Shelly

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

Teaching news

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

U21 Health Sciences Public Health Group Webinar

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

Professional development opportunities

Upcoming events

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

Food for Thought 2020: The science and politics of nutrition

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

View archived announcements from SPH

From the Director’s Desk

The latest round of NHMRC Ideas grants has now closed, and fifteen applications from UQCCR have been submitted to the scheme, plus one application to Cancer Australia. I want to take the opportunity to thank Roheen Gill for her many hours of work ensuring these applications are compliant and the best they could be. Many thanks also go to Jason Roberts and Derik Steyn for their work through the grant readership scheme, and to all staff who took the time to read grants and offer feedback. Best of luck to applicants, I look forward to celebrating more successes when the outcomes are announced in November.

In two weeks’ time from today, UQ staff will be coming back into the workplace after four months of working from home. You will have received notice of a UQCCR survey that will capture our thoughts on what has been an extraordinary experience and our feelings on returning to the building for work. Please take the time to complete the survey, so we may use the information to better plan for any future events.

Dates for diaries

July 8th
UQCCR Seminar
July 16th
UQCCR Executive committee meeting – agenda items to Lisa Dingwall
July 22nd
UQCCR Seminar
July 27th
UQCCR Research committee meeting – agenda items to Lisa Dingwall

Returning to workplace plans

Plans are now well in place for returning staff and students to UQCCR from Monday 13 July. Please remember to submit your plans for maintaining a 1.5m physical distance in your shared office to Sarah Piper by Friday 3 July.

If you have concerns about returning, please discuss your thoughts with your supervisor. You may also find the Managing Mental Health in Quarantine video useful, which is a recording of a recent UQ webinar. It discusses personal responses to times of change and the lead up to ‘the new normal’ back at work.

Returning to workplace survey

We are interested to know what your experiences with working from home have been. Please take the time to complete the UQCCR survey and share your thoughts:

Seminar Series

Thank you to all recent speakers in the UQCCR seminar series. Some seminars have been recorded and are available for viewing via the links on the Centre intranet.

Publications announcements                                   

If you have an exciting paper soon to be published, please remember to get in touch with Kirsten our Marketing Manager, to arrange for publicity and media coverage. Kirsten may be able to arrange newspaper, social media and TV news releases to help get your research into the public space.

Research development  

The new UQ procedure on Research and Consultancy Costing and Pricing PPL 4.10.2 is effective now. All overheads are now costed at the flat rate of 40%, unless an exemption applies. This applies to both research and consultancy.

To avoid issues, engage early with your RDO/RDM on costing your budget appropriately, and ensure you use the UQ template to ensure your overheads are applied under the policy.

There are transition arrangements available – consult with RDO/RPM if your current budget/application predates May 2020.

Equity and inclusivity update

Did you know that UQ has Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officers, who have been trained to assist staff and students that experience negative behaviours at UQ? There are three DHCOs located at the Herston site who are there to help whenever you need it. More information can be found here.

Reminder – visitors to sign in

Please remember that ALL visitors to the UQCCR building must sign in at the Level 2 reception before proceeding into the building. This includes visitors who are accompanied by their host, and users of the auditorium or meeting rooms. Not only is this process essential for emergency situations, signing in and out will also enable us to undertake COVID contact tracing in the event of a coronavirus case at UQCCR. Thank you for your understanding.

Toolbox Talks

We hope you are enjoying the Toolbox Talks, which is a series of informative presentations aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of participants for wide-ranging topics relating to research, career development and associated subjects.

Recordings of some talks are now available on the UQCCR intranet under ‘research resources’.

If you have a topic that you would like the series to tackle, or if you are a subject matter expert who would like to deliver a talk, please get in touch with the series convener, Sarah Piper.

Upcoming events

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



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Suggestions / Feedback for the UQDI Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Do you have any suggestions or feedback for the UQDI ED&I Committee? They would like to hear from you. Please get in touch here

Note: Any comments received will be anonymous unless you add your name and contact details.

Animal Ethics Committee July 2020 deadline for UQDI

The UQDI deadline for submission of animal ethics amendments, extensions, adverse events and breeding applications for consideration at the HS AEC July 2020 meeting is 10am Wednesday 1 July to Kylie Hengst. Full project applications must be submitted by the UQ deadline of 5pm Thursday 2 July using the online form. All information and documentation can be found on the UQ Animal Ethics Website.

Upcoming events

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

UQ Diamantina Institute Seminar Series

  • Guest speakers PhD students Erin McMeniman and Christine Lee at UQDI will present their exit seminars.

    Christine will present Structural and Functional Characterisation of the Thrombopoietin Receptor and its Negative Regulator, LNK in Myeloid Malignancies. Erin will present Interplay of genetics and environment in melanomaWednesday 1 July, 9.30-10.30am, via Zoom - Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: Please email Jessica Iannotti ( for the Zoom password.

  • UQDI guest speakers Dr Abate Bashaw will present his exit seminar HPV16 E7-induced epithelial hyperplasia impairs cell-mediated immune responses through regulatory T cells, and Joachim Torrano will present The role of SETDB1/2-mediated H3K9me3 in drug-tolerant cancer. Wednesday 8 July, 9.30-10:30am, via Zoom: Email Jessica Iannotti for the Zoom password.


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