Welcome to Game Changers

Talented people are the driving force behind every successful organisation. At the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences these are the high calibre of graduates produced, researchers whose studies make an impact globally, alumni in leading roles, and academic staff who consistently win national and international awards.

The faculty’s strong ties with key industries and healthcare providers are highly valued as these partnerships enable our teaching and research to be translated into best practice patient care for the benefit of the community and the healthcare system.

In Game Changers we are pleased to share the inspirational and commendable achievements of those leading the way in their fields and to highlight how we are working with partners across the globe to create a better healthcare future.

In this issue, Professor Sue Kildea describes how clinical research can be used as an effective change management strategy, UQ student and elite athlete Danielle Prince shares her inspiring dedication to prepare for the Rio Olympics, and CEO of Uniting Care Queensland Anne Cross gives advice on how to succeed and make an impact.

Students provide an insight into some of the practical opportunities they undertake as part of their studies, including how nutrition students worked with the Brisbane Broncos to improve the team’s diet, how speech pathology students deliver a service to children over 300kms away via telerehabilitation, and how the Health Fusion Team Challenge assisted a student to secure a job in physiotherapy after she graduated.

You can also find out why Dr Allison Mandrusiak’s story was viewed 12,000 times on Facebook in the first 24 hours and shared by people worldwide, and what it means to our community now that people have a longer lifespan than previous years, according to leading ageing expert Professor Nancy Pachana.

Enjoy issue one of Game Changers and we look forward to sharing many more of the faculty’s achievements, inspirational people and announcements in future issues.


Professor Bruce Abernethy
Executive Dean
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
The University of Queensland