10 September 2015

It’s finals time across Australia’s major sporting codes – and it’s no different for academics as University of Queensland health students prepare to defend a treasured crown.

Health at UQ is home to the reigning champions of the HealthFusion Team Challenge, an event requiring students to produce a gold-standard care program for a client with complex needs.

Dr Emma Beckman, who mentored  last year’s victorious squad, will again supervise the team in the Australian finals in Brisbane on Thursday 17 September.

“We have brought together talented fourth-year students from a variety of disciplines and teamwork is essential,” Dr Beckman said.

“The event highlights the next generation of health care leaders in Australia, and will allow them to demonstrate their talent.

“Aside from friendly inter-university competitiveness, it’s a great way for entrants to boost their CV and begin making a name for themselves as innovators in their field.”

This year's UQ team consists of: 
Joanna Standen - Social Work
Michael Honnery - Occupational Therapy
Nicole Atkinson - Physiotherapy
Elizabeth Coomer - Speech Pathology
Mariam Rizk - Medicine
Brittany Martin – Pharmacy

Each university has been given about a month to come up with a management plan for a hypothetical patient, designed to test the knowledge and collaborative abilities of each team.

Teams present their plans during heats in front of a live audience and a panel of judges under strictly timed conditions.

A range of challenge extensions are then presented.

The three highest scoring teams progress to the final.

UQ’s squad is looking for healthy ‘away’ support at the venue, traditional rivals Queensland University of Technology.

You can reserve your place in the audience by booking a free ticket online.

Media: UQ Communications Robert Burgin r.burgin@uq.edu.au, +617 3346 3035, +61 0448 410 364.