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.


2020 End of Year Preparation

The Medicine Finance Team have set deadlines of one week prior to the deadlines set by Finance and Business Services, to ensure that they have enough time to process your requests. View detailed due dates.

Calling all data detectives!

We’ve launched our new data systems & analytics intranet, filled with resources and information about our Faculty. To celebrate, we’d like to set you a challenge - review our table of data sources and systems and email if you spot a missing or incorrect source to go into the draw to win a $20 Cafe Dose gift card.

How do I get my contract signed?

Staff members and students are not permitted to sign any contract on behalf of the University, unless instructed to do so. Please view the contract workflow. The contacts table at the bottom of page 1 can be altered for different org units using the “Fill and Sign” function.

View archived Operational announcements

People and culture 

Free work safety and mentally healthy workplaces events

The UQ Safe Work month events (including the Mental Health Week events) are now in the HSW Events Calendar. You can also check out Queensland Government's Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Safe Work Month events and Queensland Mental Health Week events online.

Excellence Awards nominations

Nominations are open for the 2020 Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards. In a year of disruption and uncertainty, our Faculty members have shown great resilience and teamwork. View the 11 award categories and nominate here.

View archived People and Culture announcements

Teaching and learning

Recent Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

The Faculty Admissions Team would like to thank everyone who made the recent Multiple Mini Interviews such a success, in particular our academic staff who contribute to writing the scenarios, as well as our star interviewers who assisted with four or more sessions across the week: Claire Aland, Rebecca Aller, Cecile McGuire, Evan Owens, Abi Ratnasingham and Yashna Sagar. 

Become an MMI interviewer

We welcome new interviewers to assist with the provisional entry cohort interviews scheduled for the final week of November. MMI interviewers participate on a voluntary basis, and the time commitment for a session is approximately 4 hours. Please complete this survey to register your interest to attend the MMI training sessions being held later this month.

View archived Teaching and Learning announcements

Professional development 

View archived Professional Development announcements


UQ Genome Innovation Hub 2021 external project call

The Genome Innovation Hub (GIH) aims to develop innovative approaches to advance technologies in the structural and functional analysis of genomes. GIH invites applications from UQ research groups interested in 2021 collaborations on projects that develop breakthroughs in health, agriculture and environment. If successful, GIH staff and funding toward consumables will support projects to develop cutting-edge technology breakthroughs (methods and pipelines). Find out more.

Tele-CBT study launch

UQCCR’s Dementia and Neuro Mental Health Research Unit are announcing a new study which aims to test a new psychotherapeutic intervention delivered via video-conferencing, to help combat anxiety in people living with cognitive impairment. If you are 65 years or above (55 if Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander), have been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia, and experience anxiety, we invite you to participate. Click here for more information.

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame

The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame is a new research centre based at School of Public Health. It brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers from 12 institutions in Australia, New Zealand and Canada to identify the most promising strategies that could end the cigarette epidemic in Australia, and beyond.

R training at PACE

The School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with UQ Library, are offering R with RStudio training based at PACE:

View archived Research announcements

UQ Giving Day

UQ Giving Day is back on Wednesday 21 October! We are incredibly grateful for the generous support of our staff donors and thank each of you who contributed as part of the inaugural Giving Day. 75 donors raised $144,000 in 2019! Watch the thank you video.

UQ Giving Day webinar: UQ’s response to COVID-19

Join the Faculty of Medicine’s Professor Stuart Carney in a webinar with Professor Deborah Terry AO, UQ Vice-Chancellor and President, and Professor Trent Munro, Director of UQ’s COVID-19 vaccine team, for a Giving Day webinar Wednesday, 21 October, 12.00–1.00pm. Venture behind the scenes of UQ’s vaccine effort. Find out more and register.

ASSC Skin & Skin Cancer Seminar, 21 October 2020

Please join us for the next ASSC Skin and Skin Cancer Seminar will be delivered by Professor H. Peter Soyer (UQDI) and Professor Monika Janda (UQCHSR) on “Human-computer collaboration for skin cancer recognition”. Wednesday 21 October, 2020 at 12.00pm-1.00pm.  Please note this is a Zoom seminar ( This seminar is hosted by the ASSC & BDHP Skin & Skin Cancer Theme.

The Conversation: Editor’s talk

Participate in a presentation and Q&A session with Commissioning Editor Michael Lund to learn how to be part of The Conversation. This online training session for UQ academics and PhD students will tell you what you need to know before pitching a new article and the benefits of bringing your expertise to the world. Wednesday 28 October, 9.30–11am. Register for live stream.  

Changed behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia Symposium

Share research on improving care and quality of life, and reducing behaviours and psychological symptoms for people living with dementia, and build collaborations and new partnerships. People interested in dementia research, including people living with dementia, families and care partners, aged care providers, health professionals, government workers/policy makers, academics and researchers should attend. Wednesday 4 November, 10am –12.30pm, via Zoom. Register here. 

ASMR Queensland Postgraduate Student Conference - Virtual Meeting 2020

The Queensland Postgraduate Student Conference will be held from 9am-12pm over two half days, November 10-11 2020. It is a great opportunity for students involved in clinical or biomedical research to present their work. Pre-recorded video presentations will of 3 or 6 minutes duration, followed by live Q&A. Download Abstract Guidelines and register online by October 12.

Anxiety and Depression in Dementia Research Network Symposium

Share research on improving care and quality of life, and reducing behaviours and psychological symptoms for people living with dementia, and build collaborations and new partnerships. People interested in dementia research, including people living with dementia, families and care partners, aged care providers, health professionals, government workers/policy makers, academics and researchers should attend. Wednesday 11 November, 10am –12.30pm, via Zoom. Register here. 

Geriatric Seminar Series: Apoplexy Now 

Dr Philip Aitken, Senior Geriatrician and Stroke Physician at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, will be presenting a PAH Stroke Update for 2020. Wednesday 11 November, 12.30-1.30pm via Microsoft Teams. Learn more.

Crossing Cultures – Hidden Histories workshop

This NAIDOC week, be transported on a journey from the past to present day as Associate Professor Maree Toombs shares stories about what life was really like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ‘Under the Act’. Challenge your knowledge and be prepared to unlearn, in order to re-learn our shared history.  Wednesday 11 November, 1-3pm. Register now.

NAIDOC Week 2020 (8-15 November) – Always Was, Always Will Be

Join UQDI's NAIDOC Week seminar to acknowledge and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Patrick Nunn, Professor of Geography, University of Sunshine Coast, will be discussing Original Histories: Indigenous Memories of Ancient Disasters and their Future Implications. Thursday 12 November, 12-1pm. Zoom ID is Contact Jessica Iannotti for Zoom password.

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

View archived Events announcements


Professor Barnaby Nelson will lead the Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in PREdiction of Early Mental Disorder and Preventive Treatment (PRE-EMPT), which received a $2.5 million NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence scheme grant. Professor Nelson said the CRE would deliver a program of work examining how mental illnesses develop, and identifying risk and protective factors.The PRE-EMPT CRE involves partnership with several researchers, including CHRC's Professor Christel Middeldorp. Read more.



View archived announcements from CHRC

In The Conversation

Barratt M, Ferris J, Winstock A. Forget the stereotypes. Our survey shows many young people are drinking less alcohol in lockdown. The Conversation. 2020 9 September.

Invited presentation for GDS COVID Special issue

Barratt MJ, Ferris JA, Maier LJ. Global drug market shifts during the COVID-19 pandemic: Findings & Methods from the Global Drug Survey.  Drug Policy Alliance (USA); 09/09/2020; Online2020.

Recent commissioned reports

Barratt M, Coney L, Hughes C, Ferris J, Winstock A. Festival and nightclub attendees in Victoria from the Global Drug Survey: Final report. Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services; 2020.

Puljevic C, Cook S, Barratt M, Hughes C, Winstock AR, Ferris J. The demographic profiles, patterns of drug use, drug-related harms and help-seeking behaviours of festival and nightclub attendees in Queensland. Report prepared for the Queensland Mental Health Commission; 2020.

Recent publications

Snoswell, C. L., Taylor, M. L., Comans, T. A., Smith, A. C., Gray, L. C., & Caffery, L. J. (2020). Determining if Telehealth Can Reduce Health System Costs: Scoping Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(10), e17298. doi:10.2196/17298 URL:

Barratt M, Ferris J, Winstock A. Forget the stereotypes. Our survey shows many young people are drinking less alcohol in lockdown. The Conversation. 2020 9 September.

Castillo, C., Steffens, T., Sim, L., & Caffery, L. (2020). The effect of clinical information on radiology reporting: A systematic review. J Med Radiat Sci. doi:10.1002/jmrs.424

Chatfield, M. D., & Farewell, D. M. (2020). Understanding between-cluster variation in prevalence and limits for how much variation is plausible. Stat Methods Med Res, 962280220951831. doi:10.1177/0962280220951831

Comans, T., Nguyen, K. H., Stafford-Bell, F., & Agar, M. (2020). Cost comparison of different models of palliative care delivery. Australas J Ageing. doi:10.1111/ajag.12843

Di Bella, A. L., Comans, T., Gane, E. M., Young, A. M., Hickling, D. F., Lucas, A., . . . Banks, M. (2020). Underreporting of Obesity in Hospital Inpatients: A Comparison of Body Mass Index and Administrative Documentation in Australian Hospitals. Healthcare (Basel), 8(3). doi:10.3390/healthcare8030334

Edmonds, M., Tynan, K., See, N., Maunsell, T., & Snoswell, C. L. (2020). An audit of the quantity of immediate release oxycodone 5 mg tablets prescribed for discharge: an area for improved opioid stewardship? Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 1-5. doi:10.1002/jppr.1678

Ethier, I., Cho, Y., Hawley, C., Pascoe, E. M., Roberts, M. A., Semple, D., . . . Johnson, D. W. (2020). Multicenter registry analysis comparing survival on home hemodialysis and kidney transplant recipients in Australia and New Zealand. Nephrol Dial Transplant. doi:10.1093/ndt/gfaa159

Gordon, E. H., & Hubbard, R. E. (2020). Frailty in older adults: moving from measurement to management. Med J Aust. doi:10.5694/mja2.50778

Kho, J., Gillespie, N., & Martin-Khan, M. (2020). A systematic scoping review of change management practices used for telemedicine service implementations. BMC Health Serv Res, 20(1), 815. doi:10.1186/s12913-020-05657-w

Kong, F. W., Horsham, C., Ngoo, A., Soyer, H. P., & Janda, M. (2020). Review of smartphone mobile applications for skin cancer detection: what are the changes in availability, functionality, and costs to users over time? Int J Dermatol. doi:10.1111/ijd.15132

Lalji, R., Francis, A., Wong, G., Viecelli, A. K., Tong, A., Teixeira-Pinto, A., . . . Johnson, D. W. (2020). Disparities in end-stage kidney disease care for children: a global survey. Kidney Int, 98(3), 527-532. doi:10.1016/j.kint.2020.04.058

McNamara, J. F., Harris, P. N. A., Chatfield, M. D., & Paterson, D. L. (2020). Reply to Rezahosseini and Nielsen. Clin Infect Dis. doi:10.1093/cid/ciaa1449

Thomas, E. E., Haydon, H. M., Mehrotra, A., Caffery, L. J., Snoswell, C. L., Banbury, A., & Smith, A. C. (2020). Building on the momentum: Sustaining telehealth beyond COVID-19. J Telemed Telecare, 1357633x20960638. doi:10.1177/1357633x20960638

2020 CHSR Awards

We are excited to announce the 2020 edition of the Centre for Health Services Research Awards, an annual event celebrating the achievements of our team and to reflect on the successes of the past year. Nominations for the 2020 Centre for Health Services Research Awards are now open. Please consider nominating a colleague who has achieved excellence within these categories and whose hard work and passionate commitment underpin the success of CHSR.

Upcoming events

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

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.


Rockhampton site update

  • UQRCS Rockhampton held Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) last Monday for potential future MD students. Eight interviewers from the local medical field spoke with 16 hopeful high school students in a daylong event.
  • We sadly farewelled long time research assistant Gwenda Chapman. Gwenda has taken up a Project Officer position with the Primary Health Network (PHN) in Rockhampton.
  • Last Tuesday we hosted a UQ Mind coffee catch up for student mental health and wellbeing.

Bundaberg site update

  • With the return of our students for Semester 2,  we’ve had short ‘catch up’ meetings with each student to check on their wellbeing, particularly those with family interstate. Dr Cavin Staff, Academic Lead (responsible for student pastoral care) met with all students and reported that they were happy to be back in their placements and very grateful to all RCS and hospital staff for making this possible. 
  • The Bundaberg Junior Medical Assoc. is taking the lead with the organisation of our practice OSCE sessions, and are super organised and committed to implementing as many sessions as they can. To date there has been two sessions with a further two planned. We are lucky to have many past RCS students involved and the current Year 4 students are all willing to give their time and experience.
  • Dr Therese Ryan has been busy with OSCE preparation attending planning meetings and working with other members of the OSCE Literacy panel to offer two OSCE Literacy sessions for all Year 3 students to attend in September. The sessions were also recorded for any students who missed the live sessions.
  • Two of our students, Sarah and Michael celebrated their wedding day on 19 September (a beautiful spring day) with family and friends in Brisbane. Sarah and Michael first met in 2017 in their first year of Medicine. We met them in Bundaberg when they came here for their 1st Year Observership placement, and then returned for Year 3 and 4. They have been great role models and mentors. We wish them well for their future lives together. Although they will commence their Internships in Townsville next year, we are hopeful we may see them back in Bundaberg one day!
  • We have a tradition of celebrating staff birthdays at our site. In September, we took the opportunity to surprise our lovely Operations Manager, Michelle on her birthday with a beautiful bouquet of Bundy Roses direct from the farm.  

Hervey Bay site update

  • We’ve had the last POHPE for 2020 and Work Ready Paper based sessions for Year 3 students
  • Silver Q2 will run on 16 and 21 October for Year 4 students
  • We’re hosting a catch up day on 6 October for students who were away due to COVID-19
  • We’re hosting a trivia night in October
  • Continuing with our weekly clinical skills sessions – Central lines, dental emergencies, pacing and cardioversion planned for October
  • Recruitment processes to commence for Clinical Skills Educator position
  • Working with Chris (IT) and two students on our Virtual Reality Silver Q session

Toowoomba site update

  • AED training for non-clinical staff has commenced
  • OSCE prep starts on Monday

RRM team update

  • The RRM Team have been busy confirming 2021 placement opportunities and are delighted to be adding Laidley Hospital and Country Doctors Practice and Mundubbera Multipurpose Health Service to our list of placement offerings for students to preference for 2021. 
  • Semester 1 2021 preferencing is currently underway and allocations will be finalised by the 19 October 2020.  If you would like to know more about the RRM placements for 2021 please see the Placement Provider Profiles.
  • We are continuing to support the current Year 3 2020 students on their rural placements.  We are always delighted when students share photos of their experience and feedback with the team – including photos from Biloela and Great Keppel Island.
  • We are ever grateful to the rural clinicians who are delivering fantastic rural experiences.

RRM student feedback

“I really enjoyed and appreciated all the learning opportunities made available. One of the worst things was witnessing the effect that the border closure had on preventing patients from accessing healthcare both locally & at specialist centres. The staff worked so hard on advocacy which was great to observe & learn from for my future career.” Goondiwindi 2020

“My preceptor has been very helpful and supportive during my time here, and has encouraged me to be confident but also humble in my learning. He is passionate about his work and cares for his patients, as well as makes the time for medical students and teaching.” Childers 2020

“Fantastically welcoming and enjoyable team to have the pleasure of working with. Hospital staff dinner each Wednesday night was something to look forward to each week. My preceptor was very knowledgeable and a wonderful role model - will do my best to use his approach to patients, staff, and clinical problems as my framework in the future.” Biggenden 2020

Research team update

SCID-I Study - Mental Health Prevalence study

The RCS Indigenous Health research team secured funding from NHRMC to conduct a large-scale cross-sectional prevalence study to determine the prevalence rates of CMDs among Indigenous Australians living in urban, regional and rural locations of South East Queensland. For the first time, a culturally validated diagnostic interview was used to assess the prevalence of CMDs.

The study found that in a cohort of 544 participants, Indigenous Australians had rates of CMD that were more than four times that of the general Australian population, markedly higher than previous estimates. Unexpectedly, the study also found that participants living on traditional lands had substantially lower rates of mental disorder, despite there being similar major disparities in key social determinants. This unexpected finding, which provides important insights into possible social determinants of mental health in Indigenous points to the importance of Indigenous peoples’ connection to their traditional lands and culture, and a potentially important protective factor.

Publication outcomes

Toombs M, Nasir B, Ranmuthugala G, Gill N, Beccaria G, Hayman N, Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan S, Nicholson G (2019) Cultural validation of the structured clinical interview for diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders in Indigenous Australians, Australasian Psychiatry, 27(4): 362-365

Nasir B, Toombs M, Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan S, Kisely S, Gill N, Black E, Hayman N, Ranmuthugala G, Beccaria G, Ostini R, Nicholson G (2018) Common mental disorders among indigenous people living in regional remote and metropolitan Australia: a cross-sectional study, BMJ Open, 8: e020196

Marketing and communications update

Official “Welcome” emails were sent to the incoming 2021 cohort at all sites last week. The emails included personal welcome videos featuring staff and returning students to create excitement amongst the incoming cohort and introduce their key contacts. A huge thank you to all staff at Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Toowoomba who participated in these videos!

Next UQRCS Update information

The next UQRCS Update will go out on Monday 2 November 2020. Submissions are due by Tuesday 27 October 2020

Please send your submissions directly to Kristy Jackson ( in Toowoomba who will be assisting with compiling our updates for the Faculty.

Meet the team: Dr George Tucker, UQRCS Toowoomba Director 

When did you start working for UQRCS: 2009 on staff, and for years before then I taught Year 3 Medicine block students in my office and in St Vincent's and St Andrew's Hospitals on a voluntary basis.

Highlights of your job: Seeing the enthusiasm of the students, watching them develop the skills for their future career and interacting with staff of RCS and FOM.

Something exciting you’re working on: House renovations but from an RCS perspective, looking for a replacement Director of RCS Toowoomba so that I can concentrate on work to establish endowments and bursaries for students to undertake rural placements.

A day off is best spent: Reading one of the many books I have started but not finished, sharpening the brain with a crossword puzzle and looking at but not actioning the domestic To Do list (as stated in Three Men in a Boat, "Work fascinates me, I can look at it for hours").

Highlights of living in Toowoomba: Climate and changing seasons. Although I grew up in the Mackay area and until I went to Edinburgh from 1979 to 1981, worked/studied in Rockhampton and Brisbane, when I returned to Australia my wife and I preferred to live in the cool temperate climate Toowoomba enjoys. Oh, and hatching our four children and watching them grow up.

What did you want to do when you grew up: All the usual things such as locomotive driver and fire brigade officer until my older brother went to UQ to study medicine then my sights reset.

Favourite food and drink: For smoko in the bush or on a trip outback, billy tea and boiled fruit cake, and in town, espresso coffee and baked cheesecake. For entrees oysters and bubbles. For mains, most foods and most wines (white, red or bubbles). For dessert, orange tart (my late mother-in-law's recipe) and whipped cream. In short I enjoy eating and drinking almost anything except brains and meringue.

Your idea of a perfect holiday: At the beach after an early morning walk following the dog, meet my wife at a cafe for an espresso or two, then home for breakfast and newspapers following which there may be a short coma before heading out for more beach and water action until lunch and lunchtime beer, another short coma, back out until daylight done, then barbecue tea, collapse, repeat next day.

If you didn’t go to medical school and become a doctor, what would you have liked to have done instead? Engineering.


View archived announcements from RCS

From the Head of School

Congratulations to Trent Woodruff on his Development NHMRC grant Targeting complement C5a receptor 2 as a disease-modifying treatment for motor neuron disease. 

Our budget surplus was less than expected due to a revised revenue decline.  Therefore, end of year spending has been restricted to the lab moves on Otto levels 5, 6 and 7, and addressing a safety issue on MacGregor level 4.  Wish list items submitted recently will be carried forward to 2021 for future consideration.

A reminder for people to do all outstanding online training by 23 October.  It would be wonderful for SBMS to finish the year with mandatory training completions exceeding the required 90% threshold. 

Date Savers

29-30 October

Health Check, Teaching & Assessment Team

4 November

Grant Pitching

5 November

Honours Final Seminars (venue TBC)

6 November

Research Retreat

24 November

Postgraduate Symposium, UQ Centre

25 November

School Staff Meeting (Zoom, details TBC)

30 November

School of Anatomy All Hands Annual Training Session (venue details TBC)

4 December

SBMS Awards Night

Relocating equipment

If you plan to relocate any equipment to a different laboratory, please let the Facilities team know of this change so that the asset and/or TCE registers can be updated. This includes not only scientific instruments but also incubators, fridges and freezers. Please email the brand/model details and serial number to Harmony Rose.

For large equipment, the Facilities team will organise the relocation for you. This will minimise any manual handling injuries to you, safeguard the sensitive internal components of the equipment, and will allow the team to monitor the equipment's return to proper operating specifications.

Skerman Cold Room

The cold room on Skerman level 4 has seen a recent renovation, with new vinyl flooring, bench and stainless steel shelving. The compressor has also been serviced. Plastic storage containers have been provided on the shelves to help with containing spills and to keep the room tidy - please write your name on the plastic container when in use.

Meeting Room 409A

The large meeting room is currently having the obsolete kitchenette removed. This will provide more space to move around in the room.


The Cryofacility in the Ritchie building (C104) will shortly undergo some minor refurbishments. The roller door will be replaced with an automated door for easier handling. Improved ventilation for the decanting station will see a fan help force the nitrogen fumes out of the room – this will help maintain normal oxygen levels. The fan will automatically activate when a person enters the room.

SafeWork Month

October is SafeWork Month – online events include:

  • COVID past, present and Future
  • Dreamworld Incident
  • WHS for Supervisors of HDR’s
  • From Surviving to Thriving
  • Healthy Lifestyle Habits
  • Return to Work Responsibilities
  • Incident Investigation

Register here.

Event Planning

All UQ permitted events (relating to campus experience for current students, future student recruitment, events that are deemed to be critical activities by the UQ Senior Executive Team) must be approved by the Executive Dean.  NB: allow 6 weeks for approval.

For all things events, see UQ COVID Events page

Annual Workplace Inspections

The following areas will be inspected before the end of the year:

64a-Gas, waste cages, LN2 facility, 64-Lvl 5, 65-Lvls 2,3,4,5, 81-Lvl 4.

Mandatory Online Training 

Thanks to all staff who have recently updated their online mandatory training.  Our completion rates have definitely gone up recently.  We still need improvement in Code of Conduct, Conflict of Interest and Annual Fire Safety.  If you’re having problems accessing the training please let SBMS OHS know and we can assist.

New tool from the Library for students

Assignment planner helps students create a step-by-step plan for completing assignments. After completing an online form, students are provided with: 1) a list of manageable steps based on the due date. 2) Dates by which students should try to complete each step. 3) Tips for completing each step and links to useful online resources. Key Library and Student Services’ information is also provided.

Library drop-ins

Staff and students are invited to Library Drop-ins and lunchtime demonstrations:

21 Oct, 12-1pm: Smart searching in PubMed: getting relevant results, via Zoom

29 Oct, 12-1pm: Pop-in and chat, Skerman Building (65) small meeting room (313)

04 Nov, 12-1pm: Researcher Identifiers explained – how Identifiers (e.g. ORCiD) uniquely distinguish you as a researcher and connect you to your research activity, via Zoom

Contact your Librarian Juliette Grosvenor

SASS Friday Social Mixer

The next SBMS SASS Social Mixer will be held on Friday 23 October, 4:30–7:30pm, at Pizza Café. Hope to see everyone there.

Upcoming events

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

ASMR 2020 Student Conference – Registration now open

The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) committee for Queensland's student research conference will be held 10-11 November via Zoom. The conference is a great opportunity for students involved in clinical or biomedical research to present their work. Register here until 12 October. 

View archived announcements from SBMS

Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame (CREATE)

The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame is a new research centre based at School of Public Health. It will bring together a multidisciplinary team of researchers from 12 institutions in Australia, New Zealand and Canada to identify the most promising strategies that could end the cigarette epidemic in Australia, and beyond.

Upcoming events

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


View archived announcements from SPH

From the Director’s Desk

Last week was Mental Health week and as usual, this means the UQCCR Plant Swap event. Unfortunately due to COVID event restrictions, we were unable to meet en masse for a morning tea this year, but we were able to have a chat on a smaller scale and adopt some plants for the office and home. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all the plant donors and helpers last week, but especially to acknowledge the effort Cindy Tan puts in to organising this wonderful event. As you are probably aware, Cindy is leaving us at the end of the month to take up an exciting secondment opportunity in the HABS Faculty. Best of luck with your new role Cindy, and we hope to see you back in 2023!

Dates for Diaries



21st October

Toolbox talk: How to access help with statistics by Jason Ferris. Join by ZOOM:

26th October

Research committee meeting: please send agenda items to Lisa Dingwall

28th October

Group Leaders’ meeting: please send agenda items to Lisa Dingwall

26th – 30th October

Faculty of Medicine Research Expo

5th November

Vice Chancellor’s All Staff Forum

Research Partnerships - Sabine Sand

There are a couple of changes to the Medicine RPM team with effect from Monday 19 October. Phoebe Kearey is finishing up and we wish her all the best – it has been great to have her assistance with research contracts during this time. Sabine will continue as RPM for UQCCR with flexible support from the DVC-R’s Research Contract Office. As always, if you need to access assistance from the RPM team, please contact Roheen Gill ( in the first instance.


UQCCR printer usage report – September

The September report on printer usage shows a significant drop in the amount of colour printing occurring across the Centre – keep up the good work!



 Year to Date average

 Year to Date total

Total printed pages




Total printed sheets




B&W : colour




Duplex : simplex




Faculty of Medicine Excellence awards nominations close 30th October.

Nominations for the 2020 Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards are now open. 
The 2020 awards celebrate staff achievements across all levels of the organisation, with ten award categories for which individuals and teams may be nominated.

  • Collaborators of the year
  • Innovators of the year
  • Service excellence 
  • Leader of the future (professional) 
  • Leader of the future (academic) 
  • Excellence in mental and physical health, safety and wellness
  • Philanthropic leader of the year 
  • Leader of the year (professional) 
  • Leader of the year (academic) 
  • Spirit of reconciliation 

Please consider nominating a colleague or colleagues who have achieved excellence within these categories and whose passionate commitment and hard work underpin our continued success.

Mental health tips for over-60s during Covid-19

Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka, who leads UQCCR’s Dementia and Neuro Mental Health Research Unit shares her top tips for over-60s to manage their mental health during this stressful time, for Mental Health Week.

Research Funding alerts

Visit the Faculty of Medicine website for all current research funding opportunities. Please contact Roheen Gill ( if you are planning to apply for any grants.

Seminar Series

Recordings available here.

Toolbox Talks

Recordings now available on the UQCCR intranet under ‘research resources’.

Upcoming events

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


View archived announcements from UQCCR

UQ Teaching and Learning Week – virtual event

The upcoming Teaching and Learning Reimagined event will take place from 2–4 November to celebrate teaching and learning at UQ, as well as our dedicated and talented teaching academics. In this disrupted year, this virtual event is in place of the annual on-campus Teaching and Learning Week.

Associate Professor Antje Blumenthal wins 2020 Georgina Sweet Award

Congratulations to UQDI’s Associate Professor Antje Blumenthal who has been recognised with a 2020 Georgina Sweet Award for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science for her work on immune control of bacterial infections. The Award is one of only six in Australia, with each recipient receiving $25,000 towards their research. AIBN researcher Associate Professor Jessica Mar also won for Excellence in Research and Excellence in Inclusivity – well done! Read more here.

Consultation Draft: UQ Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Research & Innovation Strategy

The Consultation Draft of the UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and Innovation Strategy has now been released for your review and comment.  If you would like to sign up for the mailing list to receive updates directly please visit the project hub to do so.

TRI Clean Up Day on 2 November – Register for lunch

The Scientific Services Team will be rallying all personnel to set aside time to tidy up lab benches, pitch in to clean communal spaces, and unclutter office areas. Win prizes for your lab/group/team by emailing before and after photos to the Scientific Services Team, participate in Sweeps and register for the individually packaged lunch.

Proposal to host workshop at UQDI

If you know of a workshop that would be of value to UQDI Staff and/or Students, the Research Committee would like to hear from you.  Please fill in the proposal form via this link. 

Expression of Interest – Infrastructure Items

UQDI Research Leaders are invited to submit their Expression of Interest for Infrastructure Items to the Research Committee at any time. To access the EOI – Infrastructure Items Form click here.

Cash-out leave reinstated

One of the early cost saving measures introduced was to temporarily suspend the cash-out option for recreation leave and long service leave (except in the cases of financial hardship). From 7 October 2020, the cash-out option will be reinstated, and staff can submit a request for approval of leave with cash-out via MyAurion. Staff considering applying for cash-out leave should refer to the relevant UQ leave policy.

Why emotional intelligence is crucial for leaders during a crisis

From managing remote teams to employees experiencing mental health or financial hardship – the COVID-19 pandemic has led to new leadership challenges. Professor Neal Ashkanasy OAM from the UQ Business School discusses why leaders now more than ever need a sharpened awareness of emotional intelligence and how to use it. Read more.  

UQDI Research Committee questions or suggestions

If you have any questions or suggestions for the UQDI Research Committee, they would be very interested to hear from you. Please get in touch.

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.

Upcoming events

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

The Conversation: Editor’s talk
Participate in a presentation and Q&A session with Commissioning Editor Michael Lund to learn how to be part of The Conversation. This online training session for UQ academics and PhD students will tell you what you need to know before pitching a new article and the benefits of bringing your expertise to the world. Wednesday 28 October, 9.30–11am. Register for live stream.

Meet the Editors of the American Association of Cancer Research (ACCR)

Learn how to get your study published:

  • Tips for preparation, submitting and publishing
  • How to increase your chance of being reviewed and accepted
  • Career insights of an ACCR Editor

There will be a 15 minute speed dating opportunity following the seminar – showcase your work, obtain feedback and attract interest for your work (RSVP required to Thursday 5 November 2020, 9-10am via Zoom: Speed dating with Editors will be 10-11am.

AAMRI Convention – Register to attend on 9-11 December 2020

As TRI staff, all UQDI staff are eligible to attend the 2020 AAMRI Convention: a free, member-only, 3-day online event consisting of strategy meetings, local and international guest speakers and the presentation of the 2020 CSL Florey Next Generation Award (hosted by Bernie Hobbs, with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, plus live music by Gordi). View the program and register here.

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