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2019 Key metrics, achievements and initiatives

  • Total research income had been relatively stable over the period (2014-2017) at ~$20.5M - $22M p.a.  The most recent completed year HERDC data (for 2018) shows an increase of research income for HaBS to ~$24.5 M (cf. $20.1M for 2017).  This increase is a consequence of improvements in each of Cats 1-3 income.
  • While final data are not yet available for 2019 there have been a number of major grant successes in the past year.  These have included:
  • A number of new senior appointments commencing in 2020 will also bring external grant funding with them, the largest of these being ~$11.3M in funding to transfer with the appointment of Prof James Ward to the Poche Centre/SPH.
  • Significant philanthropic support for research has also been secured in 2019 - the largest being the $1M from the Bowness Foundation to support the establishment of the Qld Aphasia Research Centre
  • The research of a number of HaBS staff was recognised through external awards and fellowships in 2019.
    • Professor Paul Hodges (School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences) was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
    • Professor Murray Phillips (HMNS) was elected an International Fellow of the American (National) Academy of Kinesiology
    • Professor Stephen Birch (Centre for the Business & Economics of Health) was awarded the 2019 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Award for Behavioural, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research.
    • Dr David Klyne (Health & Rehabilitation Sciences) was awarded a 2019 Fulbright Scholarship
    • Dr Arosha Weerakoon (Dentistry) won the 2019 Universities Australia ‘Pitch it Clever’ competition
  • A number of HaBS staff were also recognised with UQ Research Awards for 2019. 
    • Prof Barbara Masser (Psychology) received a Partners in Research Excellence Award (with Red Cross Blood Service);
    • Professor Louise Hickson et al. (Health & Rehabilitation Sciences) received a Partners in Research Excellence Commendation (with Sonova Pty Ltd);
    • Associate Professor Sean Tweedy et al. (Human Movement & Nutrition Sciences) received a Partners in Research Excellence Commendation (with the International Paralympic Committee);
    • Associate Professor Irina Vetter (Pharmacy/IMB) received an Excellence in HDR Student Supervision award.
  • Internal research funding rounds were completed in 2019 to seed research on HaBS-Medicine collaborations; internal HaBS collaborations; Indigenous health (via the Poche Centre); and research on the economic and health values of student placements.  A commitment was also made to a joint seed funding scheme with EAIT for 2021.
  • In addition to usual grant writing support and readership schemes, workshops on wearable devices and mobile apps were also hosted throughout 2019.
  • Faculty-wide research sharing sessions were conducted for Level C and D academic staff over the past year.
  • Commitment to collaborative seed-funding schemes with FoM, EAIT and internal to HaBS.
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