The symposium is designed to bring together academics, clinicians and researchers from different disciplines within The University of Queensland and the broader health community, to discuss behaviour change in the management of a wide range of health conditions and how this influences service delivery models.

This is a full-day event and will include keynote addresses from Professor Sarah Dean, Exeter University and Professor Catherine Haslam, The University of Queensland along with a line-up of guest speakers, a panel discussion and structured networking to conclude the event.

Behaviour Change for Better Health Symposium

Fri 6 Dec 2019 8:30am4:00pm


Oral Health Centre, The University of Queensland Herston campus

Keynote speakers

Professor Sarah Dean
Professor in Psychology Applied to Rehabilitation and Health, University of Exeter

Keynote address: Behaviour Change for Enabling Rehabilitation and Health

Professor Sarah Dean has extensive experience working in interdisciplinary environments for both teaching and research at the Universities of Southamption, Otago (New Zealand) and now the University of Exeter as the Co-Director of Exeter Clinical Trials Unit. As part of the South West Peninsula Collaboration (PenCLAHRC) she is also the academic lead for the peninsula wide Making Sense of Evidence workshops, which are open to clinicians, NHS staff, applied health researchers as well as patients and members of the public. Sarah has a dual professional background as a Chartered Physiotherapist and a Chartered Psychologist and has worked clinically as a physiotherapist in both the NHS and private sector, specialising in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, particularly exercise therapy for sports injuries and cardiac rehabilitation. Sarah’s expertise in health psychology includes behaviour change and methodological input for mixed method process evaluations of large multi-centre clinical trials. Her research interests include applying psychology to rehabilitation, such as goal-setting and facilitating adherence to therapeutic exercise for a range of different health conditions including stroke, back pain and urinary incontinence.  Sarah is lead editor for Interprofessional Rehabilitation: a person-centred approach, a core textbook for a new undergraduate teaching module called Rehabilitation Science and an associate editor for the journal Trials.

Professor Catherine Haslam
Professor of Clinical Psychology, The University of Queensland

Keynote address: Social connectedness and health: Introducing a new psychology of health

Professor Catherine Haslam's research focuses on the social and cognitive consequences of identity-changing life transitions (e.g., trauma, disease, ageing, retirement, addiction) and interventions that can be used to manage these. One line of research focuses on identifying the group processes that are vital in protecting health and well-being in periods of vulnerability and life change. This has contributed to a body of work on the social cure that has been published in two volumes on which she is co- and lead-author — Social Cure: Identity, Health and Well-being (2012) and The New Psychology of Health: Unlocking the social cure (2018).

Event Schedule

8.00am - Registrations open
8.30am - Welcome: Professor Louise Hickson
8.45am - Professor Sarah Dean (keynote): Behaviour Change for Enabling Rehabilitation and Health
9.30am - Associate Professor Sally Bennett: What it takes to change practice: Implementing an occupational therapy intervention for people with dementia and their families
9.50am - Associate Professor Neil Cottrell: Beliefs, Behaviour and Medication Adherence
10.10am - Professor Leanne Hides: Brief Interventions for Alcohol Use in Young People
10.30am - Morning tea
11.00am - Professor Nancy Pachana: Ageing Well: Translational and Transformative Research
11.20am - Professor Liz Ward: Embedding Research in Queensland Health Clinical Practice
11.40am - Professor Luke Connelly: Do Adherence Interventions "Work"?: Evidence from the Health Economics Literature
12.00pm - Dr Tina Skinner: Maintenance of physical activity beyond supervised exercise interventions in people with cancer
12.20pm - Lunch
1.20pm - Professor Cath Haslam (keynote): Social connectedness and health: Introducing a new psychology of health
2.05pm - Professor Sandie McCarthy: The Women's Wellbeing after Cancer Research Program: Results and Lessons Learned
2.25pm - Associate Professor Genevieve Healy: BeUpstanding - how UQ is supporting workers to sit less and move more for their health and wellbeing
2.45pm - Panel discussion compered by Professor Christina Lee
3.15pm - Networking and light refreshments
4.00pm - Close

* Event schedule subject to change