View highlights from awards and achievements below and on HaBS News.

Awards in the news


Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences 

  • Professor Sarah Roberts-Thomson (HaBS), Mr Sam Harris (HaBS), Ms Jessica Tsai (HaBS), Ms Elizabeth Wardrop, Ms Ailsa Dickie, Mr Nathan La Burniy, Mr Victor Ho and Dr Sam McKenzie.
    • ePortfolio project: UQ Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning
  • Associate Professor Neil Cottrell (HaBS) (team includes HaBS staff – Alecia James, Dr Norman Ng, Sam Harris, Katie Martell and Jessica Tsai) - Operation outbreak: Escape rooms for developing interprofessional communication, team building and conflict management skills, UQ Teaching Innovation Grant
  • Dr Benjamin Barry, Faculty of Medicine (Associate Professor Neil Cottrell a team member) - Building Digital Literacy and interprofessional learning of health professional students by embedding teaching cases in an electronic medical record, UQ Teaching Innovation Grant

School of Dentistry

  • Dr Arosha Weerakoon, School of Dentistry 
    • Winner 2019 Universities Australia Pitch it Clever competition

    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

    School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

    School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

    • Professor Sue Kildea (Former staff)
      • Research Australia Health Services Award for maternity care for Indigenous women

    School of Pharmacy

    • Associate Professor Irina Vetter, School of Pharmacy and IMB
      • UQ 2019 Excellence in HDR Student Supervision
    • Dr Hang Ta, School of Pharmacy and AIBN
      • NHF Emerging Leaders Fellowship from the National Heart Foundation
      • (late) Paul Korner innovation award ($20K) for the highest-ranked application in Australia.

    School of Psychology

    Research Centres

    • Professor Stephen Birch, Centre for the Business & Economics of Health
      • 2019 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Award for Behavioural, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research.
    • Dr Catherine Quinn, Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research
      • ​Recipient of two national early career researcher awards (Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs; Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy)
    2019 HaBS Staff Awards:

    Teaching and Learning

    • Teaching and Learning awards went to Grace Atkinson (HMNS), Grace Kirby (Psychology) and Maree Maloney (SHRS) with commendation going to Dr Kristen Tulloch (HaBS) for excellence in tutoring/demonstration; Dr Roma Forbes (Early Career Citation) (SHRS), Liz Springfield (SHRS), Paul Treschman (Early Career Citation) (HMNS)for Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning Award; Dentistry Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Team- Dr Emma Bartle (Team Leader), Cheryl Chin and Jia Ru Toh for Programs That Enhance Learning Award and Dr Norman Ng (HaBS) for Teaching Excellence Award.


    • Global Engagement Award went to Dr Emma Beckman (HMNS)
    • Academic leadership awards went to Dr Peter Lewis (NMSW) 


    • Research awards went to Dr Gary Chan (CYSAR), Dr Jenny Setchell (SHRS) for Early Career Research Excellence Awards; Dr  Alina Morawska (Psychology) and Professor Laurence Walsh AO (Dentistry) for the Higher Degree Research Supervision Awards; Dr Annie Hill (SHRS) and Professor Mark Horswill (Psychology) for the Research Translation Awards; and Professor Jason Connor (CYSAR) and Professor Jenny Ziviani (SHRS) for the Research Mentorship Awards


    • Professional staff awards went to Kirsty Harris (Faculty/Dentistry) and Taryn Krynauw (Psychology)  for the Customer Service Award, Stacey Vogel (Psychology) for the Leadership award, Rachelle Croton (Psychology) with commendations going to Amy Hunter (Faculty) and Cheryl Byrnes (Psychology) for the Above and Beyond Award awards; and the Dentistry Preclinical Team (Bobbie Jennings, Leah Beaupeaur and Eddie Gullotta for the Team Work Award. 
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