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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 24 August 2015


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Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Doherty AC in conversation at UQ

Professor Peter Doherty AC will be joined by Associate Professor Joan Leach and Associate Professor James Watson in the GHD Auditorium at the Advanced Engineering Building on Thursday 3 September from 5pm–7.30pm for the Brisbane Writers Festival presentation, "The Knowledge Wars".

Climate scientists have warned that we need to change our behaviour in ways that may be inconvenient and threaten the commercial status quo, the result has been a polarising division in society and a sustained attack on their research.

For more information about this event click here or email Rosalind Boulton.









Open Course Scheme

Be inspired by your colleagues by visiting a lecture or tutorial in the Open Course Scheme. Witness some of the great teaching that happens within UQ and connect with other educators.

A selection of courses has been opened for staff to observe throughout semester two.

Book a visit before Friday 30 October to see what others do well, to pick up new ideas, see different strategies, re-discover old favourites and to reflect on your own teaching.

Click here for more information and to register.

Changes to Casual Timekeeper deadlines now effective 

The deadline for the submission of Casual Timekeeper forms is now consistent across all of UQ. The new "lockout time" for Casual Timekeeper forms is 5pm on the Tuesday of each non-pay week. This change is now effective.

Timekeeper forms will not be able to be submitted following the lockout time, until the pay run is completed over the weekend. During the lockout period, all buttons on Timekeeper have been removed with read-only access to previous Timekeeper forms.

Current or future Timekeeper forms cannot be generated at this time. Submission deadlines and pay dates are available on the UQ Timetable for Casual Claims. A short FAQ on this change is available here.  

New Mileage Claim Form

Under the current EB Agreement The University of Queensland applies a mileage rate as set down by the Australian Tax Office. Effective from July 2015 the new rate has been set to a flat amount of 66 cents per kilometre. Please ensure you are completing the current Mileage Claim form. Old forms will not be processed after Tuesday 1 September. Find the new form here.

Equity Fellows Programme applications close soon

Six Fellowships will be awarded through the Equity Fellows Programme between 2015 and 2017. The value of each Fellowship will be up to $215,000, covering engagement of a Fellow for a period of 12 months (FTE). The aim of the Programme is to support Fellows to undertake strategic, high-impact, high profile leadership projects targeted, sector-wide, at improving the access, participation and success in higher education of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Click here for application information. Applications are due to ITaLI by Friday 4 September via email to teaching.awards@uq.edu.au.

The 2015 Annual Lecture in Politics and International Affairs presented by guest speaker the Honourable Dr Anna Bligh

The School of Political Science and International Studies presents the 2015 Annual Lecture in Politics and International Affairs with guest speaker Dr Anna Bligh. The lecture will explore the challenge of political leadership in a world where everything is being disrupted, including democracy itself. The lecture will be held on Friday 4 September from 6pm–7pm in the Auditorium, Sir Llew Edwards Building, St Lucia. Click here to register before Tuesday 1 September. For more information, contact Julia McSwan.

IMB Research Advancement Award

Applications are open for the IMB Research Advancement Awards; a $30,000 career enrichment payment offered annually to the top commencing domestic IMB PhD candidates. Honours students and graduates are encouraged to apply. For more information, including deadlines, click here or email Olga Chaourova. To apply for the Award, click here.

Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Extension Grants closing soon

Extension Grants of up to $30,000 are available to support the continued dissemination and embedding of completed learning and teaching projects funded by OLT or its predecessor bodies. Applications to OLT close 5pm Monday 31 August. Click here for application information and internal deadlines or email teaching.awards@uq.edu.au.

Renovations at UQ Business School Executive Education and Venue

UQ Business School Executive Education and Venue began undergoing renovations of the foyer and back office area this week to rejuvenate the space and accommodate for a growing team. Project works are due for completion on Monday 19 October . During this time the venue will have reduced room capacity so staff who frequently use the venue as a meeting or work space are advised to contact us as soon as possible regarding any booking requirements. For more information, email execed@business.uq.edu.au or call 3346 7111.

UQ News TV

The latest episode of UQ News TV looks at new technology developed by UQ researchers to track moles, and which is set to be a game changer in the fight against skin cancer. The primary use of the total body photography system is tracking changes in skin lesions, which are a tell-tale sign of a developing melanoma.

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QAAFI Science Seminar

Associate Professor Jason Stokes, School of Chemical Engineering will present a seminar on “Oral processing, texture and mouthfeel: From rheology to tribology and mucosal films”. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 25 August from 12pm–1pm in the Level 3 Seminar Room, Queensland Bioscience Precinct. For more information click here.

Gender Equity Seminar

Dr Tyler Okimoto, UQ Business School, will present a seminar on "Does the glass ceiling get thicker where it meets the maternal wall?" In business, politics, and universities, women continue to be under-represented in the highest positions of power and leadership. This seminar takes a "deep dive" into the gender and parental expectations that manifest subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, biases. This seminar will be held in Room 116, Sir Llew Edwards Building on Wednesday 26 August from 2pm–3pm. RSVP here, or for more information, contact Li-Ann Leow.

Biochemistry Alumni Lecture

Professor James McCluskey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), the University of Melbourne will present his recent work on Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cell dynamics in Salmonella infection as well as the potential for MAIT cell mediated pathology, such as in chronic gastric infection with Helicobacter. A networking session and afternoon tea will be held on Friday 28 August from 3pm, followed by the lecture from 4pm–5pm in Room 358, Physiology Building, St Lucia. To register click here.

Languages and Cultures Seminar

Dr Kari Sullivan, Lecturer in Linguistics at the School of Languages and Cultures, will present a seminar on "Why abstract art 'speaks' to fewer people". The seminar will discuss two studies showing how artworks' subject matter affects how they 'speak' and will be held on Friday 28 August from 1pm–2pm in Room 209, Gordon Greenwood Building. For more information click here.

SMI Seminar Series

The Sustainable Minerals Institute is hosting two upcoming seminars. The first seminar will be presented by Dr David Moore on "From Thesis to Thesis". This seminar will be held on Friday 28 August from 9am–10am in the Lecture Theatre, 40 Isles Road, Indooroopilly. For more information click here or contact Inma Beaumont.

The second seminar, "PanAust: leveraging experiences, shaping our future", will be presented by Dr. Fred Hess, Managing Director of PanAust Limited. This seminar will be held on Thursday 27 August from 10am–11am in the Sir James Foots Building, Sustainable Minerals Institute. For more information click here or contact Hannah Fry.

Life Sciences at UQ Networking Series

The Honourable Leanne Enoch MP, Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation, will join sector experts and the audience to consider how Queensland might create a viable life sciences industry by working together as a cluster to Advance Queensland. Join with colleagues and future collaborators, partners and investors on Wednesday 2 September from 11am–12pm at Customs House, 399 Queen St, Brisbane. For more information, click here phone 3346 2110 or email imbevents@uq.edu.au

The Luck of Politics

The Honourable Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Federal member for Fraser, Shadow Assistant Treasurer, and Shadow Minister for Competition will present a seminar on how luck plays a major role in political careers. The lecture will be held on Thursday 3 September from 6pm–7.30pm in Room E109, Forgan Smith Building. RSVP here or for more information click here.

Telehealth Forum: A Telehealth Technology Download

The UQ Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Telehealth will host a forum presented by Associate Professor Trevor Russell, UQ Centre for Research in Telerehabilitation, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, along with Dr Liam Caffery, UQ Centre for Online Health, School of Medicine. This presentation will outline technologies available to conduct telehealth. This forms part of the CRE’s monthly forum series. The forum will be held on Friday 4 September from 11am–12pm in Room 2007, TRI, PA Hospital. A light lunch will be served following the presentation. For more information, click here or contact Dominique Bird.

The Inaugural Alan Cooper Epiderm Lecture

The School of Medicine and Dermatology Research Centre proudly presents Professor Erwin Tschachler, Medical University of Vienna, who will deliver the lecture "The Role of Keratinocytes in Inflammatory Skin Diseases". Professor Max Lu, Provost and Senior Vice-President of UQ will be giving the Welcome Address. Refreshments will be provided. Places are limited and registration is essential. This lecture will be held at The Long Room, Customs House, Brisbane on Friday 4 September from 6pm–9pm. For more information click here, to RSVP click here or contact Liz Payne.

IMB Centre For Superbug Solutions Official Launch

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared multidrug-resistant bacteria, or superbugs, as one of the worlds biggest health challenges. Widespread resistance to our arsenal of antibiotics is no longer a threat- it is reality. IMB's Centre for Superbug Solutions is working to develop better ways to prevent, detect and treat superbugs. The Centre will celebrate its launch on Tuesday 8 September from 5.30pm–7.30pm at Customs House, 399 Queens St, Brisbane. Attendance is via RSVP only. For more information and to RSVP click here.

UQ Big "Data for Change" Forum

Wednesday 16 September marks the UQ Big "Data for Change" Forum at Parliament House, Canberra, as part of UQ Research Week. This luncheon is an opportunity to hear first hand from researchers and Government about how personal data can be used to achieve big social change. To register click here.

Leaders of Influence Alumni Talk Series

Alumni are warmly invited to lunch with a difference on Monday 21 September from 12pm–1.45pm at Customs House, Brisbane. "Leader of Influence" Elizabeth Bryan, Chairman, Caltex and Virgin Australia will deliver a special presentation addressing "Business transformation in a changing landscape". Register now to secure your ticket for this special alumni event. Tickets are $30 per person and lunch is provided. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Seminar

HaBS will host a presentation by Professor Carolyn Mountford, a world-leading expert in magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and CEO and Director of Research for the Translational Research Institute. Professor Mountford will discuss her research and research conducted at TRI on Tuesday 22 September from 3pm–5pm in the Library Conference Room, SSAH Library, Duhig Building. All welcome. Register here by Friday 18 September by or email Alisa Pratt for more information.

Research Computing Centre Seminar

Professor Jack Dongarra of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee will present a seminar entitled "An Overview of High Performance Computing and Challenges for the Future." In this talk he will examine how HPC has changed over the last 10 years and look toward the future in terms of trends. This seminar will be held on Friday 28 September from 9am–10am in Room 505A/B, Axon Building. For more information click here and to RSVP email rcc-admin@uq.edu.au.


Other upcoming events 

UQ Art Museum Public Programs: The Mayne Centre Lecture 2015. Mary Eagle: 'Imperturbable Mr Earle's visit to New South Wales' (26.08.15)

Presentation: Australian Volunteers for International Development Employer (27.08.15)

UQ Art Museum Public Programs:'Wunderkammer: The strange and the curious' exhibition tour (27.08.15)

CJCADR Research Presentation: Modulating Tau isoforms by RNA reprogramming - Functional consequences and therapeutic perspectives (28.08.15)

Languages and Cultures Seminar-Abstract artworks "speak" to fewer people and have less to "say" than figurative works (28.08.15)

More UQ events »


UQ in the media

The media monitoring service provides a broad collection of external media articles where UQ is mentioned. This information is gathered and updated daily by the Office of Marketing and Communications. For more information:

  1. Subscribe to the daily Media Summary, or

  2. If you are a Marketing or Communications staff member, you may be able to make arrangements to access the Media Monitors portal directly by emailing communications@uq.edu.au.



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Sustainability Newsletter

The latest Sustainability Newsletter is out now. You can subscribe to the newsletter or view the latest copy from the Sustainability Website.

Office Furniture and Equipment Exchange List

Are you in need of a new pre-loved piece of furniture for your UQ office? Do you have some equipment that you no longer need? The Resource Exchange Mailing List provides a forum to promote and receive notices on available good quality, second-hand furniture, equipment and stationery. UQ staff can subscribe online to receive and send emails to all list members. Free resource exchange events are also announced via this email list.

Sustainability Merchandise

UQ Sustainability backpacks and reusable coffee cups are now available for purchase through the UQ Stores catalogue at cost price. Use a reusable cup just 15 times to break even with paper cups in terms of energy manufacture and just 35 times to pay it off with a 10 – 20 cent rebate at most UQ coffee outlets, read more about rebates here.

Weeding Out Invaders

The UQ Properties and Facilities division will be removing and replacing existing Rosewood trees on Walcott Street, St Lucia that have been identified as storm hazards and are listed on the Department of Environment Alert List for Environmental Weeds, which indicates a threat to biodiversity. The trees will be replaced by mature 4-6 metre Deep Yellowwood (Rhodospheara Rhodanthema).

Removing weeds and replanting native species is part of a broader year long program at the St Lucia campus. Properties and Facilities have dug 500 holes and are looking for volunteers to help plant native trees. For more information on volunteer tree planting, head to the UQ Sustainability website.

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UQ Sport- Kids spring holiday enrolments open now

Give your kids a school break to remember with our four fantastic sport programs in tennis, swimming, athletics and the multi-activity kids club. All spring holiday programs run between Monday 21 September–Friday 2 October. Find out all you need to know about UQ Sport Kids here or email kids@uqsport.com.au.

White Halo Ensemble and Paul Dean

The White Halo Ensemble collaborate with visiting artist Paul Dean, including a performance of his composition "Insurgence for solo cello". The performance will be held on Thursday 27 August from 1pm–3pm in the Nickson Room, School of Music and will be followed by afternoon tea and the opportunity to meet the Ensemble. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au.

Wear it Purple Day

Join us this Friday 28 August from 11am-12pm for morning tea in the Alumni Court to celebrate Wear it Purple Day. Wear it Purple Day sends the message that everyone has the right to be proud of who they are- sex, sexuality or gender identity does not change this. So wear your brightest purple attire and join us for a cuppa to show your support. RSVP to Jordan Tredinnick or click here for more information.


The University of Queensland is once again pleased to support R U OK? Day; a day dedicated to reminding us that connecting regularly and meaningfully with people around us can make a difference. This year R U OK? Day is on Thursday 10 September, and areas across the university are encouraged to hold activities that bring staff together. Help celebrate this day at UQ by organising an event in your work area. For ideas and suggestions, talk to your local HR or visit our UQ website.

Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Personal Training Program

HMNS are seeking clients to participate in a personal training program offered by postgraduate exercise physiology students as part of their course requirements. The students are required to deliver 5 weeks of one-on-on personal fitness training during September and October. For more information, click here or email Lachlan James.

Positive Parenting for Communication to Children about Sexuality

Many parents recognise the lifelong benefits of communicating openly and honestly with their children about sexuality. However, parents are often unsure of when, what and how to talk to their children about sexuality. The Parenting and Family Support Centre (PFSC) at UQ and Family Planning Queensland (FPQ) Brisbane have collaborated to develop a group intervention program to help parents learn how to communicate more comfortably and effectively with their children about sexuality issues. If you are interested in receiving a complimentary workshop about ways to communicate positively with your child about sexuality, click here or contact Sarah Teo by phone on 33659186 or email.

Father's Day at Customs House

Customs House will be having a special breakfast and lunch to celebrate Father's Day on Sunday 6 September. For breakfast there will be a two-course menu for $48 per person, or for lunch there will be the option of a two-course menu for $67 per person or a three-course for $85 per person. Click here to view menus. To make a reservation, phone 3365 8921 or click here to book online.

Help for your child's speech and language skills at UQ

Speech Pathology clinics have started for Semester 2. If you have any concerns about your child's speech and language skills, now is a great time to phone UQHRC for an appointment on 07 3365 2232. Flexible days and times available with reasonable fees. For more information, click here or email healthclinics@uq.edu.au.

Physiotherapy Postgraduate Clinic: Sport and General Musculoskeletal injuries

The UQ Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Clinic manages a wide variety of injuries. A sports and musculoskeletal speciality clinic is currently being offered in conjunction with the postgraduate Physiotherapy programs. For more information or to book an appointment, contact UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics reception on 07 3365 2232 or at healthclinics@uq.edu.au. Staff, students and general public welcome. Free parking available.

Physiotherapy for kids

Strength, flexibility, balance and coordination are all important foundations for the ongoing development and control of movement in the classroom and in the playground. If your child is having difficulty with any of these areas, appointments are available to provide an assessment and program that is specific to your child’s needs. No diagnosis or medical referral is required, and Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plans are welcome. Private health fund rebates may apply. For more information or to book an appointment, contact UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics reception on 07 3365 2232 or by email. Staff, students and general public welcome. Free parking available.

UQ Wellness

  • Tai Chi Energy flow: the change of balance of Yin and Yang. Registration is now open to enroll in unique KaiMai Tai Chi & Qigong classes commencing Wednesday 16 September. Special rate for UQ staff is $150 for 10-week course. Please contact Dr Xin Liu at smilewellnessprogram@gmail.com to participate.
  • 2015 UQ Wellness Portal. UQ staff are encouraged to explore the 2015 UQ Wellness Portal and its range of professionally sourced health and wellbeing information including videos, tools and calculators. Each staff member who completes the Online Health Assessment in the Portal is eligible to win one of 16 Garmin Vivofit devices.For more information about the UQ Wellness Portal or the Online Health Assessment, click here or contact Vicki McNabb.

Adult Autism Spectrum Group

A group exists for adults on the Autism Spectrum in a non-threatening environment. This non-clinical group meets for adults to discuss and find friendship twice a month. Click here or phone Garry Burge on 0431 444 512.

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A guide to University protocol and events

Learn about Protocol's role within the university and the support and advice the team can provide for your VIP events and visits. The Protocol team is responsible for organising a range of events and visits in line with the UQ Vice-Chancellor's Guidelines.

This course will enable participants to:
1. Gain an understanding of the UQ Vice-Chancellor's guidelines and how they apply to events.
2. Understand the Protocol team's role within UQ and how they can assist with VIP events.
3. Access resources and assistance for running an event at UQ.

UQ staff members involved in organising events or inviting dignitaries to the University are encouraged to attend. The next workshop will be held on Wednesday 3 September. For more information and to register, click here.

Flipped Classroom at UQ

The Flipped Classroom model has gained momentum at UQ with teaching staff and educational professionals interested in ways to increase active learning and engagement. Researchers also attest to significant gains in learning using various flipped classroom strategies. If you are interested in learning more about the flipped classroom and ways to apply it to your own teaching, with a focus on active learning and educational technologies, please enrol here or contact Anthea Leggett.

International Agreements

This workshop will provide an overview on the University's International Agreement policy, development, review and monitor process and how it supports UQ's Global Strategy through strategic partnership development. The workshop will be held on Friday 4 September from 9am–12pm in Room 202, Learning Innovation Building. For more information, click here or contact Laura Anderson on ext. 60635.

MFSAS – Statistics Training Workshops

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in statistics, Leximancer and qualitative research, from beginner to advanced levels. For the full schedule, see the MFSAS (Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics) website. Upcoming workshops include:

eLearning Solutions Service

ITS are piloting an eLearning Solutions Service to help staff implement eLearning solutions for the most common teaching and learning problems; using centrally supported eLearning tools. Course coordinators can nominate to receive individual training on selecting and configuring an eLearning tool, followed by support to implement and launch the teaching and learning activity.

For further information and to register refer to the eLearning Solutions Service webpage.

eLearning Workshops

ITS are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2015. A description of each workshop, dates and registration is available on the Staff Development/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

Staff Development Update

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 Study about

Do you suffer from Lateral Hip Pain?

Volunteers aged 35-70 with pain and tenderness on the outside of your hip are needed for an investigation into outcomes of treatment approaches for lateral hip pain. Participation will involve diagnostic investigation and undergoing either an 8-week physiotherapy programme, a corticosteroid injection to your hip or advice on tendon management. Details: sirph@uq.edu.au (3346 7485)

Hypertensive and Normotensive Panellists Invited for Sensory Trial

Volunteers aged 40-60 who do not smoke are wanted for a study related to salty taste and salt taste sensitivity. We are running these studies to improve human health by reducing the dietary sodium content in the diet, thereby maintaining a good taste of the food. The taste compounds will be food grade. Each participant will receive a gift voucher. Details: Anja Winkelbach.

Free exercise testing for young healthy males

Young healthy males aged 18-35 are needed for this study which will include 3 exercise testing sessions. The study will involve the testing of a nutritional supplement for 28 days and participants will receive detailed analysis of their antioxidant defense system, as well as proteins and genes contributing to health. Free parking will be provided and participants will receive $150 remuneration. Details: Alistair Mallard.

Do you want to install battery storage in your home?

Volunteers are sought to complete a survey that gives us a better understanding of what may drive consumers to install solar power with battery storage in their homes. The survey takes 10-20 minutes and each participant will go in the draw to win a $50 gift card. Click here to take the survey.

Do you need a holiday?

UQ staff are invited to take part in a 10-minute online questionnaire survey about working environments and the need for vacations. Each participant will go into a prize draw for a $300 travel voucher. Please click here to take the survey. Details: Chelsea Gill.

Research participants needed: Korean-Australians (Heritage Koreans)

Korean-Australians (or heritage Koreans) aged 18-40 who were either born in Australia or immigrated before the age of 12, have no experience of taking Korean courses at a university for more than a year, have no experience of residing in Korea more than 3 months. Also looking for Korean-Australians who immigrated after age 12, had formal education/schooling in Australia for at least 10 years, have no experience of taking Korean courses at a university for more than a year and have no experience of residing Korea more than 3 months after immigration are needed for a study on heritage Korean speakers' L1 proficiency. Participants are required to complete a survey which will take about an hour. $35 gift card will be provided. Details: Dr Min Jung Jee.

Seeking pregnant mothers for newborn imitation study

Researchers at the Early Cognitive Development Centre are undertaking a project to establish how parents influence the development of newborn imitation. Expectant parents are needed for the study, as the first test occurs one week after birth. All testing occurs in the home, at a time that suits the parents. Participants will receive a HD video of all footage taken of them and their baby. Details: Click here, or contact Siobhan Kennedy.

Free Exercise Training

Researchers are currently looking for volunteers with type 2 diabetes to participate in an exercise training study at UQ. Free training sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist and free health checks will be provided. If you are aged 18-75 years and interested in improving your overall health then contact Trishan Gajanand. Details: click here.

UQ Laboratory Supplies Survey

UQ staff who buy laboratory or clinical supplies are required to complete a survey. UQ Finance and Business Services is developing a procurement strategy that will assist the many academic and professional staff in this function and consolidate this process to be faster, easier and more convenient, as well as make considerable savings. Details: complete the survey here or contact Harmony Rose.

Participants Required for Emotional Intelligence Study

Volunteers are sought to participate in a study to understand the use of Emotional Intelligence as a buffer to the relationship between media exposure and service performance. Participants will take part in a two-time series study, within the month of August. Participants will be reimbursed with a Merlo's voucher, an opportunity to receive an evaluation of your Emotional Intelligence, and a chance to win an iPad mini 2. Details: click here or contact Darren Liew Jian Hui.

What referencing software do you use?

Throughout August, UQ Library is conducting an online survey to identify what referencing software UQ staff and students are using. By participating, you will help UQ Library ensure that they are supporting the most commonly-used tools, and you could win a $50 voucher to use at the Co–op. Details: click here.

Longitudinal Study of Adults with Autism spectrum conditions (ALSAA)

Adults aged 25+ who have a diagnosis of Autism spectrum disorder or Asperger’s syndrome are sought for a study aiming to learn about life in adulthood for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions. This research is part of the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism spectrum disorders (Autism CRC). Details: click here or email autismcrc@unsw.edu.au.

Health assessment for children and adolescents

Children and adolescents aged 7-16 have the opportunity to receive a free and comprehensive health assessment. Testing includes fitness testing, body composition measurements and cardiovascular health assessments. Participants will receive a report following completion of assessments. Sessions are held at the St Lucia campus and free parking is provided. Details: click here.

Children and characters, real and imaginary

Parents of children aged 2–10 years are sought to complete a survey with their children on the nature of real and not-real agents. Parents must be willing to discuss real and imaginary characters with their children such as; Santa, the Easter Bunny, dinosaurs and The Wiggles. Participation takes about 10 minutes, and every child who participates goes into the draw to win one of two family passes to Brisbane's Sciencentre. Details: click here or contact Rohan Kapitany.

Healthy females between 55-60 yrs sought

Healthy females aged 55–60, who are ideally approximately 170cm tall are required to serve as control subjects for similar-aged women with knee arthritis. Participation will include having foot and ankle posture measured and muscle activity recorded while stepping up and down stairs. This will take approximately two hours at the St Lucia campus. Details: Narelle Wyndow.


Low Back Pain Patterns and Variations Study

Adults aged 18 and over who have low back pain are sought to participate in a study aimed at exploring pain patterns and variations. Volunteers will be required to complete an anonymous online survey. All participants will have the opportunity to enter the draw to win an iPad Mini. Complete the survey here.

Alcohol Research Study

The Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research is seeking 18-21 year-old female participants for a study on emotion, personality, and taste perception. The study will consist of two experimental sessions one week apart at UQ St Lucia or Herston Campus. Volunteers receive a $40 JB Hi-Fi/Myer voucher. Details: click here or contact Matthew Gullo.

Do you have a child with a chronic illness? How are their brothers and sisters?

Researchers are seeking parents with at least one child with any chronic illness (for example; Asthma, Diabetes, Eczema, Epilepsy, and Cystic Fibrosis) and at least one well child (without any chronic illnesses) aged 6 - 12 years. The research will consist of home visits and performing interviews with one parent and one sibling of the child who has the chronic illness. Total duration will be less than 60 minutes. Topics of discussion will be based around the impact of the chronic illness on the well children within the family home. Participants will go into a draw for a chance to win one of two $50 Coles Group and Myer gift cards. Details: contact Kathryn Hales.

Living with ankle pain

Volunteers with ankle pain are sought to complete an online survey. It will collect information on previous ankle injuries you have experienced, your ankle pain, and how it affects you. This survey will help us to better understand and manage the problems experienced by people with ankle pain. Details: Munira Al Mahrouqi. To take the survey, click here.

Hearts and Minds

Researchers are investigating how the brain controls heart activity in healthy adults via MRI brain scanning and simple tests of cardiovascular function. Volunteers needed. Reasonable travel costs covered. Details: click here or contact Dr. Marcus Gray

Healthy Adults aged 65+ required for imaging study

Healthy adults aged 65 or over are required for fMRI study at the Queensland Brain Institute. The task will require you to monitor a stream of coloured symbols for a target and ignore other visual information whilst in the scanner. You need to have normal or corrected vision (MRI safe glasses provided), right-handed and MRI safe. No history of neurological injury or impairment. Please make contact if you are interested in the study and we will check you are MRI safe prior to your visit. Details: Corinne Bareham.

Would you be comfortable to visit the Middle Eastern Country of Jordan?

Researchers are looking for volunteers aged 18+ to share their views towards travelling to the country of Jordan in the present climate. The survey will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and respondents have the chance to win a $100 Coles Voucher. Details: click here or contact Gabby Walters.

Office workers without neck pain needed

Workers who use a computer for more than 20 hours per week and are free of neck pain are sought for this study. Experts are investigating the impact of physical capacity and posture on the health of the neck and shoulders. Participants will receive free assessments of their workstation, physical capacity and work posture. All testing is conducted at UQ. Participants will be reimbursed $50 cash at the completion of the study. Details: Deokhoon Jun.

Asthma and Exercise Study

Do you have asthma? Are you interested in participating in research to examine how exercise affects your asthma? We are looking for volunteers with asthma who are: males 18-45 years, females 18-55 years, not current smokers and are currently exercising less than 90 minutes per week. Research will take place at the PA Hospital. Details: Dr Hayley Scott (3443 7126)

Neuroimaging of visual processing

Healthy volunteers aged 18-35 who have normal vision or vision corrected with contact lenses, and are not colour-blind, are sought for a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study of visual processing in the brain at St Lucia. The study involves making judgments about coloured shapes whilst inside the MRI scanner. The study will take two hours and $20 reimbursement will be provided. Details: Michelle Hall.

Do you have trouble popping your ears?

Volunteers aged 18 and over who are not claustrophobic, are average weight, have a history of hayfever, but are otherwise healthy and experience difficulty with "popping ears" are sought for a study on Eustacian Tube Dysfunction. Volunteers are sought to act as study participants in a hyperbaric chamber. The study will consist of three afternoon sessions over a three-week period at The Wesley Research Institute. $250 reimbursement for participation is available. Details: Tracy Grierson (3721 1541).

Healthy Brain ageing 65 years and over

Healthy, right-handed adults aged 65–80 years, who speak English as a first language, are sought for a neuroimaging experiment. This study involves a one-hour fMRI scan and a 45-minute pen-and-paper session to assess age-related changes in brain activity underlying language and gesture production. Participants will be reimbursed $60. Details: click here.

Daily Work Events, Job Satisfaction and Prosocial Behaviour

Working adults are sought to participate in a brief survey about improving satisfaction at work. This research will help to understand how the seemingly small events that happen everyday at work can have important implications for people's satisfaction and their tendency to contribute positively to the workplace. Details: complete the survey or contact Rebecca Hicks.

Family carers of people with dementia needed

Family carers of people with dementia and hearing loss are sought to trial a new training program. The program aims to support hearing, communication, and memory function in the person with dementia. The program will be delivered by telehealth using an iPad, which will be provided, in the participants’ home and will take approximately one hour a week for five weeks. Details: Eril McKinnon (3346 7489).


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