STARS Research and Education Alliance

December 2022

  • Congratulations to Kellie Stockton and the Allied Health Team for their Values in Action Metro North Staff Excellence Award.
  • Catherine Sanderson (Speech Pathologist, STARS) received the 2022 UQ-SHRS Clinical education partnership award in Speech Pathology, recognising her outstanding commitment to Clinical Education across a sustained period of more than 10 years.
  • Two RAUGH grants ($25k each) awarded to Dr Mark Appleyard, Prof Gail Garvey and Dr Jonathon Leitch (Laying the foundations for a whole-of health-care-system approach to addressing inequities in bowel cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Metro North) and Dr Natasha Roberts, Prof Gail Garvey and Dr Jonathon Leitch (Unmet needs in prostate cancer care for indigenous men and their communities).
  • Dr Sarah Wallace was featured in a Podcast episode for Aphasia Access. Measuring What Matters & Operationalizing Outcome A Conversation with Sarah J. Wallace (episode 94:
  • Watch a 2min video showing a snapshot of our Students at STARS in 2022.

November 2022

  • Welcome to Dr Natasha Roberts who commenced in the conjoint nursing clinical research fellow role
  • Congrats to STARS Allied Health Director Dr Kellie Stockton, appointed to Queensland Clinical Senate Executive
  • Three mobile sensor technology workshops held at STARS for the ART-Hub research program: 45 participants (including two consumers) reduced 20 to 3 top priorities for rehab services in STARS​
  • Bec Jenkinson (HaBS), Alison Bell (RECOVER), Jo Maxwell (FoM), Lisa Anemaat (STARS) and two STARS consumers took part in a panel discussion on CCI in health and medical research at the Health Consumers Queensland Annual Forum on the Sunshine Coast.
  • STARS is hosting visiting UK Professor Pip Logan (to 16th Feb 2023). Pip gave an invited lecture 22nd Nov: “Organised curiosity and reflective practitioners – the keys to a rehabilitation research rich environment”
  • Seven UQ HERA launched programs including ULTRA – UQ Clinical Trials Capability and EvolveHealth Health Workforce Optimisation
  • Alliance staff and teams won UQ HaBS Faculty Staff Awards:
    • Karina O’Leary: Excellence in Clinical and Professional Skills Education
    • Dr Megan Ross: Academic Leadership
    • QARC team: Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) in Research
    • Emma Caird: Professional Staff Award – Above and Beyond
    • QARC Professional team (Jaycie Bohan, Emma Caird, Margot Sexton, Hannah Wedley): Commendation for Teamwork

October 2022

  • Welcome to Dr Erin Caruana in an interim physiotherapy conjoint role (0.2FTE) leading a project on STARS weekend rehabilitation service​
  • 35 consumers and 22 academics attended the “Consumer Roundtable 2022: Bringing researchers to the consumer table to explore telehealth” held at Herston on 10th Oct
  • Research involving STARS entitled ‘The impact of transition from non-digital to digital prescribing on medication safety’ was awarded the Professor William Egerton Award for Best Discovery and Innovation Research award at the Herston Symposium. Authors: Engstrom, McCourt, Canning, Dekker, Voussoughi, Bennett, North, Pole, Donovan, Sullivan.
  • Two NHMRC Investigator Grants awarded to Professor Michele Sterling (Better health outcomes after road traffic injury; $2.35m) and Professor Nadine Foster (Musculoskeletal pain: getting the right patient to the right treatment at the right time; $2.8m)
  • Two CAHRLI Innovation Challenge Grants awarded ($7k each): Jasmine Kellaway, Dana Kidd and Linda Cuskelly (A Clinical Assistant led innovation to improve patient experience of virtual care) and Dr Elizabeth Beadle, Hannah McGlashan, Emmaline Falconer, Vanessa Whitehead, David Rodwell, Elizabeth Torby and Samantha Jones (The biofeedback for emotional self-regulation (Bio E.R) project).

September 2022

  • Congratulations to Dr Emmah Doig, who has been promoted to Senior Conjoint Research Fellow in Occupational Therapy and Jodie McLagan, who has been promoted in the Metro North administration stream.
  • Dr Sarah Wallace (QARC) received a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award (FREA) for her project entitled “Plug-In and Power-Up: Boosting Health Self-Efficacy through Communication-Accessible Online Environments” ($95k)​.
  • Dr Nicole Andrews (RECOVER) was awarded a UQ EMCR Industry Engagement Award for her work with the Tess Cramond Pain and Research Centre, RBWH, on Pain ROADMAP​.
  • Lisa Anemaat won the PhD Bursary award at the Stroke Society of Australasia meeting in New Zealand ($1,000 prize). See media and spotlight on Lisa and her work​.
  • STARS was awarded “Best Public Building” in the annual Property Council of Australia Awards​.
  • Feature in the Johanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Evidence Implementation Bulletin Issue 3, 2022: Goal Setting SuperSTARS: Progress over Perfection, by Haylee Kajewski, Dr Emmah Doig, Karina O’Leary, Amanda Goodwin, Andrea Rapolthy.
  • Research by Dr Anna Copley, Dr Emma Finch, Prof Jenny Fleming, Dr Petra Cornwell, and Dr Emmah Doig has resulted in the publication of the ASSBI IMPACT treatment manual. A goal-directed, metacognitive intervention for people with cognitive communication disorders.
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