Office of the Institute Director

The Institute Manager and Executive Assistant support the Office of the Institute Director in UQ Diamantina Institute. The Institute Manager is primarily responsible for providing strategic and operational management for the Institute. This includes responsibilities for long-term planning, strategic budget management, coordination of professional support services, and management of core research facilities. The Executive Assistant provides administrative support to the Institute Director, and manages all enquiries to the Director.

The Institute Manager can assist with your operational enquires and direct your requests to the relevant professional service area when you are unclear of who to contact.

  • Rhonda Ploeger

    Executive Assistant to Professor Paul Clarke, Director
    The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
  • Brooke Purdue

    Dr Brooke Purdue

    Institute Manager
    The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
  • Oscar Bird

    Administration Assistant
    The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute


The Advancement team works with alumni, community members and corporate and foundation donors to raise funds in support of Faculty priorities and the priorities of the Health Advancement Network.

All members of the team are available to assist and advise on any issues relating to Advancement or other general community engagement. Contact


The Management Accountant is responsible for the provision of professional project accounting advice and service to senior project leaders to ensure effective and compliant cost management of project activity. This includes financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting for operational and/or grant funded projects.

The Financial Services Coordinator is responsible for the management and delivery of all finance transaction services undertaken to meet the operational and service delivery needs of the Faculty. This includes transactions related to accounts payable, invoicing, creditor and debtor management, registration of assets, and processing of journal entries.

Contact email:

HDR support

The HDR Liaison Officers (HLOs) provide advice and assistance to HDR students and supervisors about HDR opportunities, applications, scholarships, enrolment, candidature management, milestones and thesis submission.

Any member of the team can help you in person by appointment, or by phone or email from any location.

Email the team at or see all Health Team HLO contact details on the Graduate School website.

The Director of Research Training for UQDI is Professor Nikolas Haass.

  • Professor Nikolas Haass

    Director (Research Training)
    Research Strategy and Support (Medicine)
    The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

Human resources

The Faculty of Medicine HR Team is responsible for enabling the achievement of the Faculty’s strategic objectives and supporting the broader University’s ambitions through attracting, developing and retaining talented, engaged and high performing staff.  The Faculty HR Team provides a full range of end to end HR services including (but not limited to) recruitment, workplace relations, change management, organisational development and coaching for leaders.


The infrastructure team coordinate and provide oversight on a broad range of facilities management issues to ensure the effective operation, utilisation and preservation of buildings and assets across the entire Faculty of Medicine. The infrastructure team liaises with, and provides facilities management advice to all Faculty staff and students. The team also coordinates medium and long term space management and planning activities to support the Faculty’s teaching and research strategic objectives. Working with the University’s Property and Facilities Division (P&F) and the various hospital and health service providers they oversee maintenance works and construction projects on behalf of the Faculty. 

Marketing and communications

From media and communications and social media to video production, brand queries and website development, we are the team to contact. While we have a team of specialists based at Herston, we are structured in a way that allows you to build a relationship directly with two of our Managers. For media support, contact the Media and Communications Manager. For all other queries, contact the Marketing and Communications Manager. For internal newsletters UQDI Update and The Bulletin, email


The Faculty of Medicine OHS team comprises five members with a broad spectrum of technical knowledge and experience with systems for the safe management of: 

  • biologicals and biosecurity 
  • chemicals, including prohibited and restricted carcinogens, chemicals of security concern 
  • radiation 
  • ergonomics 
  • clinical teaching and practice 
  • laboratory design and management 
  • plant and equipment
  • drugs and poisons
  • animal and human research ethics
  • occupational hygiene, including hearing and allergen surveillance
  • field work and event planning 
  • emergency procedures 
  • risk assessments and incident investigations

The Manager of Occupational Health and Safety coordinates the Faculty OHS team and develops and implements OHS policy, collaborating with the UQ HSW Division to develop greater consistency and transparency of OHS management practices across the Faculty and the University.

All members of the team are available to assist and advise on any issues relating to OHS or other general compliance issues. Contact

  • Dr Paul Lovelock

    Dr Paul Lovelock

    Manager, Occupational Health & Safety & Manager, Occup Health & Safety
    Infrastructure and Research Operations (Medicine)
  • Deon Knight

    Mr Deon Knight

    Safety Manager
    Infrastructure and Research Operations (Medicine)

Research support

The Research Development Officer (RDO) and Research Development Manager (RDM) work closely together to provide advice on research funding schemes and opportunities, coordinate funding application processes, and link researchers to other sections in relation to research governance, compliance obligations and the conduct and reporting of your research projects. RDMs provide additional strategic support and training, in the preparation of high quality written applications and identifying novel opportunities, as prioritised by the centre, focussing on large scale, complex, high value collaboration and competitive opportunities.


Research partnerships

Our Research Partnerships Managers (RPM) facilitate the interaction between UQ researchers and their external partners, ranging from industry to government departments.  They identify suitable partners and assist with the management of research contracts and agreements, liaising with all of the relevant areas of UQ on your behalf. They are also able to advise on industry facing funding schemes that may be utilised to leverage funding.

Translational Research Institute

Contact details for the TRI Scientific Services Team are available on the TRI Intranet