Staff Hub

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

Operational

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People and culture 

Partnership for COVID-19 treatment

Thanks to our partners at the RBWH Foundation, Professor David Paterson’s team at UQCCR will receive $750K to advance their drug repurposing and clinical trial work into COVID-19 treatments. In March, the RBWH Foundation launched a successful fundraising campaign to support UQCCR’s promising work, and we’re grateful for their generous partnership in fighting the virus.

Supporting solutions

UQ researchers are at the forefront of the COVID19 fight. UQCCR’s Professor David Paterson is leading clinical trials of a potential treatment for COVID-19 – using two existing drugs. Concurrently, researchers from UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences are working to accelerate the timeline for an effective vaccine for COVID-19.

To support these efforts visit :https://www.uq.edu.au/giving/donations/fund/Coronavirus_COVID_19_Research (to exclusively support Prof Paterson, please contact Med.Advancement@uq.edu.au)

To alleviate financial hardship for students, visit: https://www.uq.edu.au/giving/donations/fund/COVID_19_UQ_Students_Emergency_Support

We’re in this together, and together we can make a difference.

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Teaching and learning

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Professional development 

Applications for 2021 scholarship and grant programs

While the Covid-19 pandemic has halted some opportunities for 2020, now is the time to start preparing applications for 2021 scholarship and grant programs. We encourage you to think ahead to when the current climate changes, and to take this opportunity to submit an application online.

  • Fulbright Scholarships
    Fulbright offers a range of scholarships to support postgraduate students, early career to senior academics, and mid-career professionals to study in the United States.
  • Churchill Fellowships
    Churchill Fellowships fund overseas investigative projects for non-academic pursuits, with no previous academic qualifications required. Applications close 30 April.
  • New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants
    New Colombo Plan grants can be applied for by UQ staff and distributed to cohorts of students for departures between 1 January 2021 and 30 June 2022. Applications are due to Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship by 5 June. 

View archived Professional Development announcements


Research

Visit the Faculty Research Alert page

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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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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: The Aboriginal Flag was designed in the 1970s and its colours represent different aspects of Aboriginal life. The black symbolises Aboriginal people, the yellow represents the sun and the red represents the earth and the relationship between people and the land.

Upcoming events

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

 

 

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Telehealth for global emergencies: COVID-19

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is again reminding us of the importance of using telehealth to deliver care, especially as a means of reducing the risk of cross-contamination caused by close contact. For telehealth to be effective as part of an emergency response it first needs to become a routinely used part of our health system. Hence, it is time to step back and ask why telehealth is not  mainstreamed. Read the full article.

Upcoming events

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

 

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2019 MD Program Annual Report

The 2019 MD Program Annual Report is now available for UQ staff and clinical partners involved in the UQ MD Program. This report outlines our educational activity across the year, acknowledges successes, documents new initiatives implemented to enhance our program and identifies priorities and plans for future development and evaluation during the coming year. The report also presents data providing a wealth of information about our student cohort, the quality of our teaching and the outcomes of the program.

MD Curriculum Review – On Hold

Given the challenging times we are currently facing with the COVID19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to ‘pause’ our MD Curriculum Review project. 

We remain committed to reviewing and improving our MD curriculum but recognise it is not practical to continue right now.

Whilst the forward timeline is difficult to predict, we anticipate it would be Q3 2020 at the earliest before we could recommence the project. 

Thank you to all of those colleagues, students and other stakeholders in our broader MD program community who have contributed to the process so far – your input is much appreciated and has been captured.

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

Firstly, I would like to thank Lizzie Coulson for being Acting Head of School in my absence early in March.  Our holiday plans were rather disrupted, but it was good to have a break with friends.  Special thanks to Tim Forrest for chairing our Business Continuity Planning Team – all members on this team are doing a fantastic job in keeping our various activities going under incredibly trying conditions (especially Stephen Anderson and Lizzie Coulson for teaching and research, respectively).   The work being undertaken by staff to put our teaching online has been outstanding.

As you will know from our SBMS BCT – Communication #11, we are currently under Level 3 restrictions.  It is important that all staff have determined appropriate plans in case Level 4 (and maybe even Level 5) restrictions are put in place.

Government advice is that anyone who is able to work at home should do so.  If that applies to you, please discuss with your supervisor and update MyAurion accordingly (if you have not already done so). Instructions for this are in SBMS BCT – Communication #12.

Please take care of yourselves and your family, so that we are all in a position to return to some normality in due course.

New Macgregor freezer room

A new freezer room is being constructed in room 507A, adjacent to the current freezer room on level 5 of the Macgregor building, to help alleviate some of the space pressures we currently have in relation to freezer storage. This will see space for another eight -80C freezers.  The room is anticipated to become operational by May 2020.

Mould remediation for all SBMS buildings

Please be aware that P&F are currently finalising quotations to sanitise all areas of our buildings infected with mould. This will encompass walls, ceilings, floors, shelves, air-conditioning registers and blinds. It does not include personal belongings - this will need to be done by the individuals. The SBMS Stores has 75% ethanol wipes and mould spray cleaner available for such use. If blinds or furniture are too badly damaged, these will be removed and disposed of.

Decanting of liquid nitrogen

The School will soon be commissioning a large, self-decanting liquid nitrogen tank, negating the need to use the small dewars and also making it safer for users. Additionally this will avert the loss of liquid nitrogen stock due to the tap being inadvertently left open. We hope to have this new decanter in place by mid-April. More news of this will follow closer to the commissioning date.

Store deliveries

Once a shipment is delivered, the SBMS Stores will contact the purchaser to let them know their delivery is ready for collection. We will detail whether the shipment is a cold or frozen shipment due to the urgent nature of that shipment. The high volume of shipments means that we are unable to provide details of every shipment and therefore require people to collect as soon as possible.  Storage space is limited.  This is even more critical with the increased volume of shipments due to the current COVID climate.

SBMS Stores operations/facilities support

The SBMS Stores will continue to process deliveries as per usual. Under the extreme circumstance that your research group does not have any personnel on site to pick up shipments, and should these be of substantial volume, we will endeavour to transport those goods to your lab directly.

The Facilities staff will also continue to work on site with contractors, tradespeople and P&F technicians in order to attend to equipment maintenance/repairs, building fixes, and construction work.

Please be aware that from the 6th April the Facilities/Stores Team will be dividing into two groups, working half-weeks on site to minimise the possibility of infection taking down the whole team. This should hopefully ensure business continuity in relation to building and Stores operations.

Upcoming events

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

 

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Welcome to new staff

The School would like to welcome Dr Morris Carpenter, Senior Research Assistant with A/Professor Linda Selvey. Morris will be sitting in room 327 following the end of social distancing restrictions. He will be working on a series of projects in relation to hepatitis C elimination. Morris is a very experienced journalist and is in the process of a career transition from journalism to public health. He recently completed his PhD on use of eHealth in diabetes management.

5 Minutes with Cathy Swart

We have decided to feature a different staff member each SPH Update to answer a few questions. We are starting with one of our longest serving staff members Cathy Swart.

Position: Research Development Officer

How long have you been with SPH? I joined the entity that became the current School of Public Health in January 1999.  My now 21 year old daughter was 6 month old and my son wasn’t even an idea.

What do you like best about working at SPH? The exceptional staff, present and past, that are my colleagues, mentors, friends and confidants, the interesting and ever changing content I deal with and the feeling of being part of and not just working for the School.

What is something surprising that people may not know about you? In my late 20’s I backpacked around the Middle East and Europe for 4 years, I worked at the House of Commons, I hate all seafood (except for lemon pepper tuna in a small can) – exactly, who knew and I am a natural grey

What has been your most memorable SPH moment? The palpable change in workplace culture the School has had over the past few years.

Research news

ARC - Submission deadlines have been extended for the following schemes:

  • Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) 2021—29 April 2020
  • Linkage Projects 2020 Assessment Round 1—22 April 2020 
  • Special Research Initiative (SRI) for Australian Society, History and Culture—6 May 2020

NHMRC – To view the new submission dates for NHMRC grants please click here.

Kate Gadenne will be on leave from the 6 April 2020 until 18 April 2020. Please continue to send research related enquiries to the med.research.sph@uq.edu.au during this time.

March publications

Well done to all SPH staff who had publications released in March.

  • Brookfield, S., Dean, J., Forrest, C., Jones, J., & Fitzgerald, L. (2020). Barriers to Accessing Sexual Health Services for Transgender and Male Sex Workers: A Systematic Qualitative Meta-summary. AIDS and Behavior, 24(3), 682-696. doi:10.1007/s10461-019-02453-4
  • Bui, D. S., Perret, J. L., Haydn Walters, E., Abramson, M. J., Burgess, J. A., Bui, M. Q., . . . Dharmage, S. C. (2020). Lifetime Risk Factors for Pre- And Post-Bronchodilator Lung Function Decline A Population-based Study. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 17(3), 302-312. doi:10.1513/AnnalsATS.201904-329OC
  • Campbell, B., Simpson, J. A., Bui, D. S., Lodge, C. J., Lowe, A. J., Matheson, M. C., . . . Dharmage, S. C. (2020). Early menarche is associated with lower adult lung function: A longitudinal cohort study from the first to sixth decade of life. Respirology, 25(3), 289-297. doi:10.1111/resp.13643
  • Cerin, E., Barnett, A., Chaix, B., Nieuwenhuijsen, M. J., Caeyenberghs, K., Jalaludin, B., . . . Anstey, K. J. (2020). International Mind, Activities and Urban Places (iMAP) study: methods of a cohort study on environmental and lifestyle influences on brain and cognitive health. BMJ open, 10(3), e036607. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036607
  • Dam, V., Dobson, A. J., Onland-Moret, N. C., van der Schouw, Y. T., & Mishra, G. D. (2020). Vasomotor menopausal symptoms and cardiovascular disease risk in midlife: A longitudinal study. Maturitas, 133, 32-41. doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2019.12.011
  • Gao, J., Zheng, Q., Lai, F. Y., Gartner, C., Du, P., Ren, Y., . . . Thai, P. K. (2020). Using wastewater-based epidemiology to estimate consumption of alcohol and nicotine in major cities of China in 2014 and 2016. Environment International, 136, 105492. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2020.105492
  • Gao, J. F., Zheng, Q. D., Lai, F. Y., Gartner, C., Du, P., Ren, Y., . . . Thai, P. K. (2020). Using wastewater-based epidemiology to estimate consumption of alcohol and nicotine in major cities of China in 2014 and 2016. Environment International, 136, 105492. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2020.105492
  • Glasziou, P., & Doust, J. (2020). In patients with hypertension, taking all BP-lowering drugs at bedtime vs in the morning reduced CV events. Annals of Internal Medicine, 172(6), JC29. doi:10.7326/ACPJ202003170-029
  • Gray, R. T., Callander, D., Hocking, J. S., McGregor, S., McManus, H., Dyda, A., Moreira C, Braat S, Hengel B, Ward J, Wilson DP, Donovan B, Kaldor JM Guy, R. J. (2020). Population-level diagnosis and care cascade for chlamydia in Australia. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 96(2), 131-136. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2018-053801
  • Greenwood, K. P., & Reid, S. A. (2020). Clustering of cryptosporidiosis in Queensland, Australia, is not defined temporally or by spatial diversity. International Journal for Parasitology, 50(3), 209-216. doi:10.1016/j.ijpara.2019.11.010
  • Ho, C. L. B., Breslin, M., Chowdhury, E. K., Doust, J., Reid, C. M., Davis, B. R., . . . Nelson, M. R. (2020). Lack of a significant legacy effect of baseline blood pressure 'treatment naivety' on all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial. Journal of Hypertension, 38(3), 519-526. doi:10.1097/HJH.0000000000002280
  • Ho, C. L. B., Sanders, S., Breslin, M., Doust, J., Reid, C. M., Davis, B. R., . . . Nelson, M. R. (2020). Legacy effect of delayed blood pressure lowering drug treatment in middle-aged adults with mildly elevated blood pressure: systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Human Hypertension. doi:10.1038/s41371-020-0323-7
  • Hu, Y., Xu, Z., Jiang, F., Li, S., Liu, S., Wu, M., . . . Tong, S. (2020). Relative impact of meteorological factors and air pollutants on childhood allergic diseases in Shanghai, China. Science of the Total Environment, 706, 135975. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135975
  • Hu, Y. B., Xu, Z. W., Jiang, F., Li, S. H., Liu, S. J., Wu, M. Q., Yan, C. H., Tan, J. G., Yu, G. J., Hu, Y., Yin, Y., Tong, S. L. (2020). Relative impact of meteorological factors and air pollutants on childhood allergic diseases in Shanghai, China. Science of the Total Environment, 706, 135975. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.13597:5
  • Juliastuti, D., Dean, J., & Fitzgerald, L. (2020). Sexual and reproductive health of women living with HIV in Muslim-majority countries: a systematic mixed studies review. BMC international health and human rights, 20(1), 5. doi:10.1186/s12914-020-00225-z
  • Madaniyazi, L., Guo, Y., Williams, G., Jaakkola, J. J. K., Wu, S., & Li, S. (2020). The nonlinear association between outdoor temperature and cholesterol levels, with modifying effect of individual characteristics and behaviors. International Journal of Biometeorology, 64(3), 367-375. doi:10.1007/s00484-019-01816-9
  • McMullan, B. J., Hall, L., James, R., Mostaghim, M., Jones, C. A., Konecny, P., Blyth, C. C. Thursky, K. A.  National Antimicrobial Prescribing, S. (2020). Antibiotic appropriateness and guideline adherence in hospitalized children: Results of a nationwide study. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 75(3), 738-746. doi:10.1093/jac/dkz474
  • Parker, S., Arnautovska, U., Siskind, D., Dark, F., McKeon, G., Korman, N., & Harris, M. (2020). Community-care unit model of residential mental health rehabilitation services in Queensland, Australia: Predicting outcomes of consumers 1-year post discharge. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 29, e109. doi:10.1017/S2045796020000207
  • Pateman, K., Huang, J., Ford, P. J., Mutch, A., Freeman, C. R., & Taing, M. W. (2020). Consumer perspectives on pharmacy staff roles in providing oral health services in Australia. Health and Social Care in the Community, 28(2), 524-532. doi:10.1111/hsc.12885
  • Selvey, L. A., Roux, F., & Burns, S. (2020). Potential process improvements to increase coverage of human papillomavirus vaccine in schools – A focus on schools with low vaccine uptake. Vaccine, 38(14), 2971-2977. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.02.047
  • Stewart, L. M., Stewart, C. J. R., Spilsbury, K., Cohen, P. A., & Jordan, S. (2020). Association between pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy and the development of ovarian serous borderline tumor, mucinous borderline tumor and low-grade serous carcinoma. Gynecologic Oncology, 156(3), 611-615. doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2020.01.027
  • Stokes, C. M., Alonso, J., Andrade, L. H., Atwoli, L., Cardoso, G., Chiu, W. T., Chiu, W. T., Dinolova, R. V., Gureje, O., Karam, A. N., Karam, E. G., Kessler, R. C., Chatterji, S., King, A., Lee, S., Mneimneh, Z., Oladeji, B. D., Petukhova, M., Rapsey, C., Sampson, N. A., Scott, K., Street, A., Viana, M. C., Williams, M. A., Bossarte, R. M., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Al-Hamzawi, A., Al-Kaisy, M. S., Benjet, C., Borges, G., Bromet, E. J., Bruffaerts, R., Bunting, B., de Almeida, J. M. C., Cia, A. H., Degenhardt, L., Demyttenaere, K., Fayyad, J., Florescu, S., de Girolamo, G., Haro, J. M., He, Y., Hinkov, H., Hu, C. Y., Huang, Y., de Jonge, P., Karam, A. N., Kawakami, N., Kiejna, A., Kovess-Masfety, V., Lepine, J. P., Levinson, D., McGrath, J., Medina-Mora, M. E., Moskalewicz, J., Navarro-Mateu, F., Pennell, B. E., Piazza, M., Posada-Villa, J., Scott, K. M., Slade, T., Stagnaro, J. C., Stein, D. J., Have, M., Torres, Y., Whiteford, H., Williams, D. R., Wojtyniak, B., on behalf of the, W. H. O. World Mental Health Survey Collaborators. (2020). Pre-marital predictors of marital violence in the WHO World Mental Health (WMH) Surveys. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 55(3), 393-405. doi:10.1007/s00127-019-01703-z
  • Walter, C. M., Schneider-Futschik, E. K., Knibbs, L. D., & Irving, L. B. (2020). Health impacts of bushfire smoke exposure in Australia. Respirology. doi:10.1111/resp.13798
  • Ward, J. S., Hengel, B., Ah Chee, D., Havnen, O., & Boffa, J. D. (2020). Setting the record straight: sexually transmissible infections and sexual abuse in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Medical Journal of Australia, 212(5), 205-207.e201. doi:10.5694/mja2.50492
  • Watson, C., Smith, K., Latif, A., Armstrong, W., Ward, J., Guy, R., & Senior, K. (2020). Contextual and behavioural risk factors for sexually transmissible infections in young Aboriginal people in central Australia: A qualitative study. Sexual Health. doi:10.1071/SH19181
  • Xu, Z., Bambrick, H., Frentiu, F. D., Devine, G., Yakob, L., Williams, G., & Hu, W. (2020). Projecting the future of dengue under climate change scenarios: Progress, uncertainties and research needs. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 14(3), e0008118. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0008118
  • Xu, Z., Bambrick, H., Yakob, L., Devine, G., Frentiu, F. D., Villanueva Salazar, F., . . . Hu, W. (2020). High relative humidity might trigger the occurrence of the second seasonal peak of dengue in the Philippines. Science of the Total Environment, 708, 134849. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134849
  • Xu, Z., Hu, X., Tong, S., & Cheng, J. (2020). Heat and risk of acute kidney injury: An hourly-level case-crossover study in queensland, Australia. Environmental Research, 182, 109058. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2019.109058
  • Xu, Z. W., Bambrick, H., Yakob, L., Devine, G., Frentiu, F. D., Salazar, F. V., . . . Hu, W. B. (2020). High relative humidity might trigger the occurrence of the second seasonal peak of dengue in the Philippines. Science of the Total Environment, 708, 134849. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134849

CAHP deadlines

For information on CAHP deadlines please click here.

Semester dates

To view the Academic Calendar please click here.

Upcoming events

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From the Director’s Desk

We are now entering a brave new world of limited building access and working from home. As I write, UQCCR is moving towards our Response Level 2, but the situation is changing so rapidly it’s difficult to predict what the state of things will be as you read this newsletter.

Regardless of our situation, I encourage you all to look after yourselves. Changes to routines can be upsetting, and I know some of you live alone or have young children now at home full time with you. The isolation can take its toll. The University has advice and links to numerous resources available here to assist you to cope with these unprecedented changes.

Please look after each other: check in with work colleagues by email, phone or zoom. We have created a ZOOM chat room called The UQCCR Water Cooler, where staff and students can ‘meet’ and connect. To access the chat room:

  1. open the ZOOM app
  2. click on Chat on the top ribbon
  3. click on the + sign to the right of Recent on the left hand menu and select Join a Channel
  4. search for The UQCCR Water Cooler

In addition, the UQCCR social group is working hard to devise online social activities to keep us all amused and connected. Please keep an eye out for emails to this effect in the coming weeks.

Stay safe and rest assured that we will get through this time.

Dates for diaries

Date
Event
April 10
Good Friday
April 13
Easter Monday
April 15
UQCCR Seminar: Hayden Homer (Fertility) and Lata Vadlamudi (Neuro)
April 23
Executive committee meeting – agenda items to Lisa Dingwall
April 27
Research committee meeting – agenda items to Lisa Dingwall
April 29
UQCCR Seminar: Richard Gordon (Neuro) and Peter Simpson (Cancer)

New Honorary & Adjunct Professor nominations – Round 1 open

The Honorary and Adjunct Professorial Appointments Committee looks forward to receiving nominations for further key connections with leaders of distinction and standing from academic institutions, industry, government and professions.

Nominations for Conferral of Professor Titles are considered in two rounds per year. Round 1 is now open – for commencement on 1 July 2020

  • Applications open: 18 March 2020
  • Applications close: 1 May 2020
  • Committee meeting: 19 May 2020

Please contact your HR Advisors Hayley or Roxie for further information.

Guidance on clinical trials research

Please follow this link COVID-19: Guidance on clinical trials for institutions, HRECs, researchers and sponsors - Word 36 KB to a joint statement that reflects the shared views of all state and territory Departments of Health, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Clinical Trials Project Reference Group (CTPRG), of which all of these entities are members.

This guidance provides general information and advice to institutions conducting or overseeing research, Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs), researchers and sponsors in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is directed towards those involved in clinical trial research and other relevant clinical research, but also may be of use to institutions, HRECs and researchers in other fields.

The advice represents current thinking and best practice at the government level and will be reviewed and updated regularly to reflect changes in government policy, public health advice and the needs of those conducting and participating in clinical research in Australia.

Additionally, Queensland specific jurisdictional advice will be published as required at https://www.health.qld.gov.au/hiiro/html/regu/regu_home.

Changes to Novartis ordering and invoicing

Novartis are now partnering with SAP Ariba, a leader in cloud procurement applications, to offer the Ariba® Network solution as a transaction platform for submitting purchase orders and receiving electronic invoices across all Novartis entities.

What are the next steps?

Please watch the recording of the Ariba supplier summit

Please contact Novartis and provide your Ariba Network ID (ANID). In case you don’t have any, please register by going to supplier.ariba.com , click on register now and complete the registration. Once the ANID is confirmed, a Ariba channel will be activated and all open POs will be migrated to your confirmed ANID.

Once activated, all new purchase orders will be sent to you via the interactive email order, all related invoices should be submitted via the Ariba Network using the “process order” button.

Please note that electronic invoice sent via Ariba Network is the only accepted invoice channel for POs received via this Ariba Network interactive email. Please stop sending duplicated invoices via post or email as these might be rejected.

To learn more about this new feature

If you have any process related questions, please reach out to contact.elink@novartis.com

Herston Quarter building update

Landscaping works outside Block 7 - Lilly Pilly Place

Landscaping works in the area in front of Block 7 started. Maintaining a green, relaxing and usable space for staff and visitors has been key in the landscaping design.

Last week, the existing nine Poinciana trees were removed. The health of the existing trees had deteriorated over time due to the original poor ground conditions of the site (including a lot of rock) and recent drought. The horticulturalist recommended to replace these with native trees that will better withstand changing conditions in the future. Over the coming weeks one dozen mature, native Weeping Lilly Pilly trees that will stand between two to three metres tall will be planted through the area. These new trees will have a greener canopy that will provide even greater shade.

This area will be transformed into a new landscaped space called Lilly Pilly Place and will include a new stone bench along the footpath and a small amphitheatre courtyard to provide more seating (especially important come Food Truck Fridays). A couple of stone seats will frame the courtyard area, and some more will be installed up the hill in a terraced fashion for extra seating. Ground cover shrubs will also be planted around the area and new turf laid. This are will reo-open before the end of June when staff can look forward to enjoy relaxing outside in the winter sun.

If you have any enquiries about the upcoming work, please email herstonquarter@health.qld.gov.au

Temporary signalised intersection upgrade Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill

From April 2020, the UNITY Alliance will commence work to install traffic signals at the Gregory Terrace and Victoria Park access road intersection to improve safety for pedestrians, motorists and construction vehicles accessing the rail corridor as part of the Cross River Rail project.

During the works, you may notice some disruptions such as:

  • Deliveries of machinery, equipment and construction materials
  • Increased levels of localised noise and dust from the use of machinery and equipment
  • Increased construction vehicle movements on local roads and within the project corridor
  • The use of vacuum trucks, excavators, asphalting equipment, mobile crane, trucks, concrete agitators, cutting equipment and hand tools
  • Mobile lighting towers to light work areas at night.

Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum for residents and businesses in close proximity to the project site.

Requests for help

Call for volunteers to assist with COVID-19 testing

The Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) is putting together a database of qualified people who are willing to be called upon in case of a potential staff shortage to assist with COVID-19 testing (or any other requests required) at hospitals or any other diagnostics laboratories across Australia. This database will be shared with local public health hospitals and diagnostic labs. It is envisioned that in the event of a staff shortage, volunteers can be trained to support ongoing COVID-19 testing. Register your assistance here.

Fundraising for Beyond Blue

Our management accountant, Deb Breville is taking on the Brisbane Coastrek 2020 - 30km team trekking challenge along beach and bushland in July 2020. She has teamed up with some amazing women, including Donna Heinke, to support mental health and wellbeing through Beyond Blue.

Deb says, “When we know someone is showing signs of sadness and anxiety, we often say, ‘Let’s catch up for a cuppa’. It’s our social go to, an offering of comfort, when we don’t know what else to do. The intention is always good, but life gets busy and that cuppa, that offer of support, doesn’t often eventuate. 

How can you help? I ask for a small donation, just the price of that cuppa. 

Our team goal is $2000 and you’ll be helping Beyond Blue improve the lives of people experiencing mental health challenges.”

You can support Deb’s fundraising efforts via this link: https://www.coastrek.com.au/st/3951/e 

Upcoming events

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Animal Ethics Committee May 2020 deadline

The UQDI deadline for submission of animal ethics amendments, extensions, adverse events and breeding applications for consideration at the HS AEC May 2020 meeting is 10am Wednesday 6 May to Kylie Hengst. Full project applications (and renewals) must be submitted by the UQ deadline of 5pm Thursday 7 May using the online form. Please remember that the new amendment form must be used. The previous modification form will no longer be accepted.

Upcoming events

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

Note: Due to COVID-19 our seminars are cancelled until further notice.

 

 

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