Governance and committees

Transparent and consultative governance of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences is facilitated through the use of a series of representative committees.

Overarching strategy and management

The overarching strategy of the Faculty and its operational implementation is managed through the Faculty Management Committee, the Faculty Executive Committee and the Faculty Board.

Faculty Management Committee

The Faculty Management Committee oversees the day-to-day management of the business of the Faculty. It meets weekly, and its membership consists of the Executive Dean, the Associate Deans, the Faculty Executive Manager and the Director of Health Partnerships and Major Projects

Chair: Professor Bruce Abernethy (Executive Dean)
Secretary: Michelle Lovelle (Executive Assistant)
Contact: habs.execassistant@uq.edu.au

Faculty Executive Committee

The Faculty Executive Committee provides advice to, and receives information from, the Executive Dean and other members of the Faculty leadership group on issues related to the strategic directions, the management and resources, and the teaching, research and engagement activities of the Faculty. It is the principal forum for discussion and information exchange between the Faculty Management Committee and the Heads of Schools, Directors of Centres and Managers of service units within the Faculty. The Executive Committee meets monthly.

Chair: Professor Bruce Abernethy (Executive Dean)
Contact: habs.execassistant@uq.edu.au

Faculty Board

The Faculty Board is the broadest consultative and deliberative body of the Faculty with membership open to all staff members of the Faculty, representatives from other faculties and institutes of the University, and from selected professional bodies and external partners. The role of the Faculty Board is to provide advice and make recommendations to the Executive Dean on the strategic direction of the Faculty; academic policy matters of relevance to the Faculty; significant matters of detail concerning the curricula offered by the Faculty; teaching and learning, research and other academic initiatives of relevance to the Faculty; and any other matter referred to it by the Executive Dean. It meets biannually with one of those meetings usually held jointly with the Faculty of Medicine. Typical meetings include a report from the Executive Dean along with invited presentations from within or beyond the Faculty.

Chair: Professor Bruce Abernethy (Executive Dean)
Contact: habs.execassistant@uq.edu.au

Teaching and Learning

The Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences' Teaching and Learning team is committed to enriching the student learning experience and supporting Schools to achieve excellence in all aspects of teaching and learning.

Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences is governed by the Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee and the Faculty Board of Studies.

Teaching and Learning Committee

The role of the Teaching and Learning Committee is to provide strategic advice to the Executive Dean on all matters relating to teaching and learning within the Faculty. The Committee meets every second month.

Board of Studies

The role of the Board of Studies is to advise on current and future issues that relate to the development, content, structure and rules pertaining to academic programs. The Board of Studies meets at least five times per annum.

  • Chair: Professor Sarah Roberts-Thomson (Associate Dean Academic)
  • Secretary: Ms Julie Waldron (Manager, Student & Academic Administration)
  • Contact: habs.studentadmin@uq.edu.au

Research

Research in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences is governed by the HaBS Research Committee and the HaBS Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Committee.

Research Committee

This committee assists the Schools and Centres within the Faculty with all matters pertaining to research and research administration, including relevant policies, ethics, funding, grant preparation, research development, research dissemination and translation, and support for researchers at all levels. The Research Committee meets five times per year.

Chair: Professor Christina Lee (Associate Dean Research)
Secretary: Ms Alisa Lindfield-Pratt (Administrative Officer)
Contact: habs.research@uq.edu.au

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Committee

This committee assists the Schools and Centres within the Faculty with all matters pertaining to Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and postgraduate research. The Higher Degree by Research Committee meets quarterly.

Chair: Professor Christina Lee (Associate Dean Research)
Secretary: Ms Alisa Lindfield-Pratt (Administrative Officer)
Contact: habs.research@uq.edu.au

Workplace Health, Safety and Wellness

The Faculty operates a Health Safety and Wellness Committee in conjunction with the UQ Health Safety and Wellness division and is an integral step in implementing the University’s Health Safety and Wellness Policy (PPL 2.10.03)

Health Safety and Wellness Committee

The Faculty’s Health Safety and Wellness Committee is a consultative committee that helps the University comply with statutory workplace health and safety obligations. It is a forum for addressing broad health safety and wellness issues across the faculty as well as the development and implementation of procedures, guidelines and programs. The Committee meets quarterly and includes representatives from most areas of the Faculty.

Chair: Tricia Williams (Faculty Executive Manager)
Secretary: Leanne Ritchie (Faculty HSW Manager)
Contact: habs.whs@uq.edu.au

Staff resources

Find more information, including committee meeting agendas, minutes, reports and related documents, on the UQ Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences staff intranet (requires UQ login).