Mental Health Champions Network

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Mental Health Champions are trained UQ students and staff members who can provide support and referral information about mental health and wellbeing. 

Mental Health Champions lead the creation of a culture that promotes and encourages a respectful, destigmatising and supportive approach to the proactive management of mental health and wellbeing. They are staff and students who have:

  • an interest in promoting early identification, referral and help-seeking behaviour for mental health concerns
  • a commitment to increasing awareness of UQ and external mental health services 
  • a desire to get involved with mental health and wellbeing events and initiatives 
  • the ability to listen with sensitivity and without judgement. 

You can ask Mental Health Champions about:

  • support services provided by UQ and external organisations
  • events and initiatives
  • ways to promote mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health Champions will:

  • keep up to date with UQ and external mental health support services
  • refer staff and students to mental health support services as needed
  • be discreet and respect the privacy of people seeking support and information
  • maintain a commitment to understanding and promoting mental health and wellbeing
  • update the University about potential barriers or ways to benefit mental health and wellbeing
  • participate in regular Community of Practice sessions for networking and training
  • raise awareness on campus about initiatives, events, services and ways to promote mental health
  • act as a role model by encouraging a culture that respects diversity, values inclusiveness and reduces stigma and discrimination.

Mental Health Champions will not:

  • act as a counsellor or emergency service
  • engage in advocacy on behalf of an individual
  • undertake mediation or investigation.

Students can count participation as a Mental Health Champion towards the UQ Employability Award as either a volunteering or supplementary activity. 

Interested in becoming a Mental Health Champion? Click on the relevant link below to understand the training requirements and get started on your application.

Staff

Applying to be a staff champion

Before you apply

To be eligible to become a Mental Health Champion, you need to:

To enrol in the pre-requisite training, register through the Staff Development web page. 
 

Apply to become a Mental Health Champion

If you meet the eligiblity criteria, email the Mental Health Champion Network coordination team at staffmentalhealthchampions@uq.edu.au to apply.

Include the following information in your email:

  • whether you are staff and/ or student
  • your area of work
  • primary campus
  • the date you completed the Mental Health Champions Network introductory session
  • a copy of your mental health first aid training certificate.
  • an email with your Managers endorsement for you to become a Champion. 

You will be advised once your application has been successful and your name, campus and email address will be added to the list of Mental Health Champions on the Mental Health Champions Network website.  

If you have any questions about the Mental Health Champions Network, or how to apply, email staffmentalhealthchampions@uq.edu.au.

Mental health first aid training

Free mental health first aid training is available at all UQ campuses for staff and students interested in becoming a Mental Health Champion. A two-day in-person workshop must be attended over consecurtive or non-consecutive days. For more information, including available dates and times, please take a look at the applicable links below:

Staff MHFA training

Students

Applying to be a student champion

Before you apply

To be eligible to become a Student Mental Health Champion, you need to:

You will also be asked for the following information as part of the registration process. Please note that we are unable to proceed with your application without all of the required information.

  • a copy of your mental health first aid training certificate
  • the date you completed the Mental Health Champions Network introductory session
  • a photo and blurb, telling us a little about yourself. If you need some inspiration, take a look at the 'Find a Champion' page
  • area of study
  • primary campus
  • contact details (email is fine)

Apply to become a Mental Health Champion

You can apply to become a Mental Health Champion here.

Once processed, and you have been accepted into the MHCN, your name, campus and email address, as well as your photo and bio, will all be added to the Mental Health Champions website. A variety of volunteer opportunities will also be made available to you in partnership with UQ Volunteering, and you will have an open invitation to our monthly Community of Practice sessions

Mental health first aid training

Free mental health first aid training is available at all UQ campuses for staff and students interested in becoming a Mental Health Champion. A two-day in-person workshop must be attended over consecurtive or non-consecutive days. For more information, including available dates, times and locations, please take a look at the applicable links below:

Student MHFA training

Mental Health Champions are 'mental health first aid' trained UQ students and staff members who can provide confidential, non-discriminatory support and referral information about mental health and wellbeing. 

Search our network of Champions to find a contact that can answer your questions:

Staff

St Lucia campus

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL)

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Navviitha Lingam
Academic Policy and Programs, Business School Executive Education (Brisbance CBD Campus)
n.lingam@uq.edu.au

My Psychology background, personal and professional experience have built my passion for supporting others towards achieving the best version of themselves. My current position sees me supporting staff within and external to my organisational unit. The one constant in life is change and the power is in you to make the necessary change.


Katie Farley
School of Business
k.farley@business.uq.edu.au

I work in the Business School as the School Manager and am interested in supporting our UQ community to be healthy, safe and well.


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Isabella Ye
Tourism, School of Business
q.ye@uq.edu.au

I work as a lecturer in the Tourism discipline of the UQ business school. I am passionate about mental wellbeing and dedicated to support UQ students and staff.


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Barry Oliver
School of Business
B.Oliver@uq.edu.au

I am an Associate Professor in finance in the UQ Business School. I am passionate about mental health, particular that of academics but everyone else. Getting on top of mental health issues early is a good way to improve your life and your work.


Judith Mair
Tourism, UQ Business School
j.mair@business.uq.edu.au

I work in the Tourism Discipline of the UQ Business School. I became a Mental Health Champion to help support staff and students to find the help they need to enhance their wellbeing.


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Helen Lambe
UQ Business School
h.lambe@business.uq.edu.au

My role at UQ is the Executive Coordinator to the Dean and Head of School of the Business. I’ve always valued helping people who find themselves in difficult situations, which is why I’m a UQ Mental Health Champion.

As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ Ally and Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officer


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Rain Livoja
School of Law


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Heather Stewart
heather.stewart@uq.edu.au

I completed my Mental Health First Aid Certificate at UQ in late 2019 and am available to support students seeking guidance on where to seek mental health support.


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Oliver Canfell
UQ Business School
o.canfell@uq.edu.au

I am a Research Fellow in UQ Business School and Faculty of Medicine. Supporting mental health and wellbeing is close to my heart. As a PhD student and now staff member, I have learned the value of prioritising mental health, tackling its stigma and providing gentle, empathetic and safe support to those in need. Please feel welcome to reach out.


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Richard Buning
UQ Business School
r.buning@business.uq.edu.au

I am an academic in the tourism discipline of the UQ Business School. I am a passionate advocate for mental health and supporting each other in and out of the workplace and classroom. As well as a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ Ally as well.

Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT)

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Jo Cherriman
Advancement
j.cherriman@uq.edu.au

I work in the Advancement Team for the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and IT. I’m an advocate for supporting mental health and wellbeing. I have seen the benefits that bringing community together can bring and want to play a part in supporting those who are having difficulties with their mental health.


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Elizabeth Delgado Alcantarino
Centre for Natural Gas
e.alcantarino@uq.edu.au

I am the Operations Manager at the Centre for Natural Gas at the EAIT Faculty. I believe mental health deeply influences the quality of our lives. As a Mental Health Champion, I hope I can support staff and students to understand what support services are available to them and the importance of seeking help when needed.


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Julita Greda-Tomaszewska
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
j.greda@uq.edu.au

I would like all students and staff to feel like they are a part of an inclusive community that cares, supports and relies on each other. I actively promote wellness programs, mental health and wellbeing activities in my unit and work to create a safe space where people feel supported.


Ryan Anderson
Health, Safety and Wellness and Facilities
ryan.anderson@uq.edu.au

I’ve worked as a health, safety and wellness professional for more than 20 years. Over time my roles have thankfully encompassed wellbeing and mental health. I believe in the integration of body, mind and spirit.


Katie Allan
School of Civil Engineering
katie.allan@uq.edu.au

I’m passionate about mental health and wellbeing advocacy, and initiatives that invest in these areas; I firmly believe that a community of staff and students who feel supported (and well) will contribute towards making UQ a leader in its field. 


Melina Gautschi
Human Resource Advisor, HR Professional Services
m.gautschi@uq.edu.au

Research and Innovation

Tess Dobinson
t.dobinson@uq.edu.au


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Belinda Bern
Director, Graduate School
b.bern@uq.edu.au

I lead a team who support research programs and students across UQ. Our mental health is extremely important and I believe in discussing our mental wellbeing openly to ensure we have a supportive and productive work and study environment in which we can all thrive.


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Karen Hendrickson
Research Strategy, Planning and Performance
k.hendrickson@uq.edu.au

As the Senior Operations Manager within the Research and Innovation portfolio I have contact with a diverse cohort of professional and academic staff.  UQ is a big and beautiful place to work – it can be overwhelming and complex to navigate – I am committed to helping those experiencing mental health issues to find the support they need.


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Sue Weir
Executive Assistant to Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research Infrastructure
s.weir@uq.edu.au

Originally from UK, relocated to Australia via Germany, I have experienced the highs and lows of life and work with a family in a new country, as well as language and cultural barriers from new environments. I am happy to listen and provide information about many of the wonderful mental health support services currently available at UQ.


Mark Witham
Research Strategy, Planning and Performance
m.witham1@uq.edu.au

My role is Team Leader, Operations in the Research and Innovation Portfolio  and having worked across multiple areas at UQ I have seen firsthand the additional pressure that family, work, study and academic pursuits can have on the mental health and wellbeing of those around me. I joined the Mental Health Champions Network to increase awareness and provide information and support to my friends and colleagues at UQ.


Shirin Jamarani
Change and Training Coordinator
m.jamarani@uq.edu.au

I am a Change and Training coordinator within the DVC Research and Innovation portfolio and am a big advocate of mental health and work- life balance.

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences (HABS)

Chelse Dunne
Human Resources
chelse.dunne@uq.edu.au

I am the HR Relationship Manager located within the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Professional Services Team.  As part of my role I provide support to staff who have mental ill-health and work with others to our make our workplace more mentally healthy for everyone.


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Emma Schimke
Speech Pathology
e.schimke@uq.edu.au

I am a speech pathologist and PhD candidate within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. I am passionate about promoting mental health and wellbeing, and helping others. I understand that undertaking a PhD comes with unique challenges and would like to help increase awareness of UQ’s mental health services for those who need some extra support during this time.


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Emily Smith
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
emilyclaire.smith@uq.edu.au

I am a member of the Exercise Science Practicum Team in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences.  I have a strong interest in supporting student mental health and wellbeing whilst on placement and promoting wellbeing and support services to staff at UQ.


Cindy Tan
s.tan5@uq.edu.au

As a former international student and now a staff member of the University, I’ve encountered a range of mental health issues experienced by friends and fellow colleagues. I hope that as a Mental Health Champion, I can contribute to UQ’s ongoing efforts to ensure that our staff and students’ wellbeing are adequately supported.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

Aileen Alexander
HAPI
a.alexander@uq.edu.au


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Colleen McAleese
Human Resources
c.mcaleese@uq.edu.au


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Lynda Shevellar
Community Development
l.shevellar@uq.edu.au

I’m a lecturer and community mental health researcher in the School of Social Science. I have a strong interest in the wellbeing of students and staff at UQ, and the broader community. I’m keen to assist people in connecting to the support they need.

As well as a Mental Health Champion, I’m a UQ Ally, First Responder, Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officer, and Equity and Diversity Support Officer.


Marisa Cordella-Masini
School of Languages and Culture
m.cordella@uq.edu.au

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Languages and Cultures. I have a strong interest in supporting the mental health of UQ students and staff to enhance their life experiences.


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Diana McCluskey
School of Policital Science and International Studies
d.mccluskey@uq.edu.au

As a Manager in the Graduate Centre in the School Of Political Science and International Studies, I work with our wonderful postgraduate students. I assist them in finding the support they need from the fabulous student support team.

As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I’m part of the UQ First Responder network.


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Tori Wallace
Student and Academic Administration
v.wallace@uq.edu.au 

I work in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Student Administration Team. As a dual Canadian/Australian citizen, I connect with immigrant families and the difficulties of settling into a new culture and life. I hope to pass on the help that was given to me when I needed it most.


Amelia Barikin

Amelia Barikin
School of Communication and Arts
a.barikin@uq.edu.au

I am a Senior Lecturer in Art History in the School of Communication and Arts. I joined the Mental Health Champions Network in 2021 to advocate for and support the mental health and well-being of UQ’s staff and students. I am also part of the UQ Ally Network.

Faculty of Medicine

James Fraser
St Lucia
j.fraser5@uq.edu.au

I am a Research Facility Coordinator in the School of Biomedical Sciences. My experience as both a PhD student and staff member has really driven home the importance of kind, empathetic and supportive mental health and wellbeing advocates on campus. I want to do what I can to assist in this capacity. As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ First Responder. 

Faculty of Science

Nancy Lachner
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
n.lachner@uq.edu.au


Eve McDonald-Madden
School of Earth and Environmental Science
e.mcdonaldmadden@uq.edu.au

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Environmental Science and the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science. I lead an amazing team of researchers using the lens of decision science and associated analytic methods to search for solutions to sustainability challenges. I am a strong advocate for mental health and striving for a UQ workplace that supports individuals to succeed in both work and life. I have my own experience with mental health and I look forward to being a mental health champion at UQ and supporting those in need.


Matt Jackman
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
matthew.jackman@uq.edu.au

I am a PhD student in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and I also work within the Landsberg group and as a tutor in several undergraduate biochemistry courses. As a PhD student, I understand the mental drain that study and work in an academic environment can cause, and advocate for mental health awareness within my workspace. As someone who is neurodivergent and is frequently in contact with those with mental illness (in particular PTSD), I look forward to being able to help those that need guidance to services at UQ or beyond, or those that simply need a talk.


Nancy Lachner
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
n.lachner@uq.edu.au

I am a Clinical Program Coordinator at the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (SCMB). I am originally from Germany and have encountered how mental health can affect all types of relationships in life, personal as well as professional, especially when you are living overseas. I am passionate about helping to create an inclusive and respectful workplace culture as well as promoting mental health awareness here at UQ. We all deserve to be treated in a kind and compassionate way. As well as a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ Ally, First Responder and Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officer.

Student Affairs

Uzma Saeed
Student Financial Support, Student Employability Centre
u.saeed@uq.edu.au

I work as a Student Financial Support Officer at the Student Employability Centre, and am happy to help promote mental health support and awareness.


Jackie Fuller
Sexual Assault Response and Prevention, Student Services
j.fuller@uq.edu.au

My role at Student Services focuses on coordinating the UQ Respect program that promotes a safe, inclusive and respectful community for all people. I am particularly passionate about working in collaboration with young people, empowering others to develop and build their confidence and leadership. I am also part of the First Responder Network.


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Ashleigh Huddy
Student Affairs
a.huddy@uq.edu.au

I work as a Student Experience Coordinator within Student Affairs at UQ. My role focuses on providing opportunities to enhance a student’s experience at university, and providing mental health education awareness and support is an important part in my responsibilities. 


Carrie Beddis
Career Development, Student Employability Centre
c.beddis@uq.edu.au


Clare Tarlington
Service Support Coordinator, Student Services
c.tarlington2@uq.edu.au

My role at UQ is Service Support Coordinator in the Student Services. Outside of work, my husband and I have two teenage children and two beautiful puppies. I’ve always had a keen interest in mental health and completed my Bachelor of Science (Psychology).

As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ Ally and UQPN.


Margaret Dunn
Student Services
margaret.dunn@uq.edu.au


Clare Scoble
Student Enrichment and Employability Development
c.scoble@uq.edu.au

I work as an Internships and Global Experiences Coordinator within Student Affairs at UQ. I am dedicated to promoting mental health and wellbeing to all students, especially our students overseas.

Central Services

Sharon Todhunter
Human Resources
sharon.todhunter@uq.edu.au

I'm dedicated to promoting the mental health and wellbeing of staff and have experience supporting others with mental and physical health conditions at work. I'm happy to listen and provide information about many of the mental health support services available at UQ.


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Larry Auld
ITS, Library
l.auld@library.uq.edu.au

I work in IT in the Library, and I have experience in supporting mental health as a unionist (former delegate), with friends and family, and particularly in the LGBTQ+ community (of which I'm a part). I have a lived experience of mental health issues, and want to help if I can.


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Nicole McArthur
Finance and Business Services, Science
n.mcarthur@uq.edu.au

I am the Financial Services Coordinator for the Faculty of Science, for many years I have felt passionate in ensuring my colleagues feel supported with any challenges they may be having with their mental health. I am also a big advocate in making sure our working environment is inclusive to those with disabilities. I believe we should all prioritise our mental health and I’m hoping by being a Mental Health Champion I can help others to feel supported.


Gabrielle Trubshaw
Property and Facilities
g.trubshaw@uq.edu.au

I am an Administrative Assistant for the Property & Facilities Division. I am an advocate for and have a very personal and committed interest to support the Mental Health and awareness of, for all UQ Staff and Students. As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ Ally and First Aid Officer.


Janice Collins
Business Enhancement, Academic Services Division
j.collins4@uq.edu.au

Currently a coordinator in ASD, I am committed to supporting everyone in the UQ community wherever possible. As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ Ally.

Other Institutes, Centres and Units

Cara Herington
Operations, QAAFI
c.herington@uq.edu.au

I am currently Operations Manager at Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, with responsibilities for operational support planning and management, resource and staff management, culture and leadership development, and support to research.  I have a strong interest and commitment to mental health and wellbeing in our workplaces, and hope to make a positive contribution in the role of Mental Health Champion.


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Maria Caldeira
QAAFI
maria.caldeira@uq.edu.au

Life is precious. I believe that people are good and we all need help through some life events. Throughout my life I have been helping people through respite camps, foster caring, Life Without Barriers plus supporting UQ students and staff in confidence. I have a background in medical research and being recognised as a Mental Health Champion makes my skill visible to a wide and diverse range of people. “Together we can get through anything”.


Megan Craig

Megan Craig
Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI)
m.craig2@uq.edu.au

I am the Business Services Coordinator in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, and have been at UQ since 2013. I am a passionate advocate for the need to discuss the challenges that modern life, especially full-time work and raising a family, can often present to our Mental Health. I am also particularly committed to promoting awareness and dialogue around the mental health challenges faced by individuals, particularly women and girls, with experience of neurodivergent conditions and traits.


Bronwyn Venus
Research Partnerships, QAAFI
b.venus@uq.edu.au

I have a background in agricultural science and now work as an Research Partnership Manager – I understand the trials and tribulations of research, and how devastating a funding submission rejection slip can be. I want to support our staff and students through these tough times and am proud to be a Mental Health Champion.


Siobhan Remy

Siobhan Remy
Digital Marketing and Communications, AIBN/QBI/IMB
s.remy@uq.edu.au

I am part of the marketing and communications team working across a number of Institues. As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ Ally and serve on the AIBN Gender Equity and Diversity Commission. Supporting the mental health and wellness of my colleagues is something I am enthusiastic about and I am always happy to listen and support those who need it.


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Emily Burrows
Elite Athlete Program, UQ Sport
EmilyB@uqsport.com.au

I work in the Elite Athlete Program, supporting eligible elite athletes as they manage their studies and high level sport. I have a background in Psychology and Counselling. I believe the MHC Network is a great initiative that helps demonstrate the therapeutic role of connectedness. As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ Ally.


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Kristian Wheelehen
UQ Union
kristian.wheelehen@uqu.com.au

I work as a Welfare & Wellbeing and Employment Advocate at UQ Union. I believe it’s important to break down the stigma and myths associated with mental health issues, while promoting knowledge, empowerment and support for those that may be struggling.


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Jackie Gonzalez
UQ Union
jackie.gonzalez@uqu.com.au

I work at UQ Union Student Advocacy and Support, advocating for students in all dealings with the University and providing student support in welfare and employment matters. After seeing the effects mental health issues can have on students and their studies, I was keen to become a Mental Health Champion.


Roxana Paterson

Roxana Paterson
UQ Colleges – Grace College
r.paterson@grace.uq.edu.au

I’m the Deputy Principal of Grace College on campus. Grace is a community of female students who are often living away from home for the first time while dealing with the pressures of university. I am passionate about providing our residents with a supportive environment where they have someone to talk to about anything they need.

As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ Ally and a member of the First Responder Network.


Donna Schafer-McVey

Donna Schafer-McVey
UniQuest
d.schafer-mcvey@uniquest.com.au

I am the Manager Contract Operations for UniQuest and have lived experience in supporting others though mental health challenges. I am proud to be part of the Mental Health Champion Network and can be contacted in confidence.


Roxana Paterson

Alis Fairfax
ICTE
a.fairfax@icte.uq.edu.au

I work as a Language Teacher with international students at the Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education and am also a teacher representative on our OHS committee.  I am committed to making the workplace a supportive and inclusive environment.  If you need a confidential ear, I am willing to listen and support your next steps.


Daniel Edge-Garza

Daniel Edge-Garza
QAAFI
d.edgegarza@uq.edu.au

I am a graduate student and staff member at QAAFI and I support initiatives that promote awareness of mental health and wellbeing. I became a Mental Health Champion to connect students and staff and to the support they seek.


Lorna Hernandez-Santin

Lorna Hernandez-Santin
Centre for Mine and Land Rehabilitation, Sustainable Minerals Institute
l.hernandezsantin@uq.edu.au

I am a researcher, working with ecology and restoration. Over the past years, I have come to realise that mental health issues are prevalent in academia. Becoming a UQ champion is my way of contributing to address the issue, and hopefully help those around me. I am a firm believer that we are all within our right to feel whichever way we feel, that talking things out helps tons, and that getting the right help often requires you to take the first step: approaching someone about it. I’ll be happy to be that someone for you.


Kyra Cottrell

Kyra Cottrell
AIBN
k.cottrell@uq.edu.au

I’m a Floor Manager at the AIBN. I’ve become a Mental Health Champion to support students and staff in as many ways as I can. I'd like to create a positive culture of wellbeing and mental health, so my door is always open if you’d like to have a chat.


Lynda Lawson

Lynda Lawson
Sustainable Minerals Institute
l.lawson1@uq.edu.au

I have worked in the university sector for over 20 years and recently completed my PhD. Both as staff and student I have experienced first-hand the difference a friendly face and being willing to listen, can make to our happiness and success on campus. Our Mental Health Champions network is building this kind of community for all of us 


Janelle Low
Centre for Food and Nutrition Sciences, QAAFI
janelle.low@uq.edu.au

I’m a Floor Manager at the AIBN. I’ve become a Mental Health Champion to support students and staff in as many ways as I can. I'd like to create a positive culture of wellbeing and mental health, so my door is always open if you’d like to have a chat.

Herston campus

Faculty of Medicine

Jenyl Brady
Health, Safety and Wellbeing
jenyl.brady@uq.edu.au

I’m passionate about my role as an Occupational Health Safety Officer working within the OHS Team for the Faculty of Medicine. As a MH Champion my focus is to promote good mental health & wellbeing in the workplace, dispel myths, and make it easier for people to seek support. I’m here waiting to listen and provide assistance to help you find the support you need.


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Kristina Carmody
Finance
k.carmody@uq.edu.au

I am a Senior Finance employee who aspires to smash the stigma surrounding mental health. Being able to support my peers is an honour, as I understand the impact that mental health conditions can have on people and their family. We all wear a mask at times that shows that we ‘have it all together’. Sometimes you need to lower it, be vulnerable - and ask for help.


Sarah Reed
UQ Centre for Clinical Research
sj.reed@uq.edu.au

I am located at UQ Centre for Clinical Research as the Head of the Mass Spectrometry Facility.  I work closely with staff and students to support them in their research projects to achieve their goals and I thought I could extend this support to the UQ community by becoming a Mental Health Champion.


Lisa Dingwall 
UQ Centre for Clinical Research
l.dingwall@uq.edu.au

I am very aware of the impact of the many mental health challenges we all face. I am the EA to the Director of UQ Centre for Clinical Research and I fell that as a Mental Health Champion I can help to promote UQ’s support for good mental health & wellbeing.


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Oliver Canfell
Centre for Health Services Research
o.canfell@uq.edu.au

I am a Research Fellow in UQ Business School and Faculty of Medicine. Supporting mental health and wellbeing is close to my heart. As a PhD student and now staff member, I have learned the value of prioritising mental health, tackling its stigma and providing gentle, empathetic and safe support to those in need. Please feel welcome to reach out.


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Lucinda Coalter
Faculty of Medicine
l.coalter@uq.edu.au

As a Facilities Officer in the Faculty of Medicine I support many of the Faculty sites across Brisbane. This has given me exposure to the diversity of challenges faced by my UQ colleagues, and the subsequent impact on their mental health and wellbeing. In becoming a Mental Health Champion I hope to be a supportive and approachable contact for those needing someone to talk to, and offer guidance in accessing the services available to them.


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Rebecca Lush
School of Biomedical Sciences
r.lush@uq.edu.au 

I am the Curator of the Integrated Pathology Learning Centre which sits under the Faculty of Medicine and is located at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Herston campus. I’ve joined the Mental Health Champion Network to help advocate for the well-being of UQ’s staff and students. I’m hoping to contribute to creating and supporting a workplace that’s not only physically, but emotionally and mentally safe too. As well as a Mental Health Champion I am a UQ First Responder and UQ Ally.


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Sara Gollschewski
UQCCR
s.gollschewski@uq.edu.au

I am the Research Development Manager at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research. I am passionate about promoting mental health wellness and recognise the importance of seeking help when its needed.

Gatton campus

Faculty of Science

Rebekah Scotney
School of Veterinary Science
rebekah.scotney@uq.edu.au


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Oriana Marchetti
UQ Vets, Clinical Studies Centre
o.marchetti@uq.edu.au

I am a veterinarian at UQ Vets. Vet life is full of many challenges and making our mental health a priority in this exhausting and busy lifestyle is something we truly need to embrace. If you need an empathetic person to talk to about the challenges you’re facing, I am here for a chat.


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Debra Laws
UQ Vets, Clinical Studies Centre
d.laws@uq.edu.au

I have worked with students for over 28 years, and I am a mother of two children. I have seen many different levels of anxiety and stress. I am very approachable and understanding for anyone that needs support. Especially those with mental health concerns.


Anne Covill
UQ VETS, School of Veterinary Science
a.covill@uq.edu.au

I’m Operations Manager of the UQ VETS Hospitals. I have a passion for promoting a safe, supportive and inclusive workplace for staff and students (and ex battery hen chickens). With a history of experience with mental health issues in my family and with friends, I feel privileged to be in a position where I can guide and support someone in need.


Courtney Stewart
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
c.stewart5@uq.edu.au

I’m the Production Animal Service nurse in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital on the UQ Gatton Campus. I have a lived experience of mental health, which has given me the empathy to support others and lend a listening ear.

Central Services


Rohan Segal
Facilities Officer, ODGC
r.segal@uq.edu.au

I’ve worked in a variety of countries, cultures and environments over many years, in many parts of the world. I have a strong interest in supporting those that identify with mental health issues, and I treat all people with dignity and respect.


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Nicole McArthur
Finance and Business Services, Science
n.mcarthur@uq.edu.au

I am the Financial Services Coordinator for the Faculty of Science, for many years I have felt passionate in ensuring my colleagues feel supported with any challenges they may be having with their mental health. I am also a big advocate in making sure our working environment is inclusive to those with disabilities. I believe we should all prioritise our mental health and I’m hoping by being a Mental Health Champion I can help others to feel supported.


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Scott Lennon
P&F
s.lennon@uq.edu.au

I am a Client Facility Manager for P&F. I believe in the power of active listening, and I think something as simple as an open, unbiased conversation can help gain a little clarity or give direction. The UQ Mental Health Champions Network can help start that conversation, and that’s something I wanted to be a part of.

Other Institutes, Centres and Units

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Andries Potgieter
Centre of Crop Science, QAAFI
a.potgieter@uq.edu.au

As an immigrant myself I have experienced the ups and downs of life and challenges related with settling into a new country with my family. I have an interest in supporting people going through tough times especially relating to mental health issues. Let's walk together.

 


Sarah Bundy
UQ Sport
SarahBundy@uqsport.com.au

Ive worked at UQ Sport for a number of years in various roles. Seeing students and staff on a regular basis as customers to the fitness centre is inspiring but also puts me in a key position to see habits change. I have had close contact with mental illness in my own family and this has highlighted the importance of talking to each other and reaching out for help when needed.

Other locations

Central Services

Bek Cheb
ITS, Long Pocket

Other Institutes, Centres and Units

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Dayle Osborn
Southern Qld Rural Health, Toowoomba
d.osborn@uq.edu.au

I’m working as a Clinical Educator Mental Health Nursing & Nursing with Southern Queensland Rural Health.  I work to support undergraduate students in their clinical placements. Although hailing from Brisbane I have been working in rural areas across Queensland for the last 28 years and I am passionate about rural health.


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Flora Rolf
Southern Qld Rural Health, Charleville
f.rolf@uq.edu.au

I’m a Nurse Educator with SQRH in Charleville. I’m a general and mental health nurse who is passionate about supporting people experiencing mental health challenges. I take a keen interest in promoting mental wellbeing for people from all walks of life, particularly in the LGBQTI community.


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Jessica Ineson
TRI
j.ineson@uq.edu.au

I’m a Safety and Compliance Officer at Translational Research Institute. I am a UQ Mental Health Champion because I have experienced firsthand the challenges associated with workplace stress and postnatal depression. I want others to know that it’s ok to ask for help, and that there is someone available to listen and help them get back on their feet.


Stephen Dickinson
Sustainable Minerals Institute, Indooroopilly
s.dickinson@uq.edu.au

I’m the Laboratory Facilities Manager for the Sustainable Minerals Institute Production Centres based at the Indooroopilly Site. I have spent over a decade working FIFO and remote working roles in the Australian Resources Industry seeing first-hand the impact mental health challenges can have. I became a Mental Health Champion as I believe in talking about mental health challenges and offering support to those who require it.


Vivian Rincon-Florez
QAAFI, Ecosciences Precinct, Dutton Park
v.rinconflorez@uq.edu.au

I’m an early career researcher at QAAFI. I joined the program to gain knowledge on mental health problems and to promote mental wellbeing between my colleagues, friends and family.  As a migrant, I understand the challenges of a new culture. Always happy to have a chat an offering support about mental health challenges.


Cassie Hughes
Institute of Social Science Research, Long Pocket
c.hughes6@uq.edu.au

I am the Operations Manager at the Institute for Social Science Research within the HASS Faculty but based at the Long Pocket Precinct. I have an interest and commitment to mental health and staff wellbeing in our workplace and hope to help anyone that needs someone to listen and guide them in a positive direction.


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Liza Forbes
Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, Long Pocket
l.forbes@uq.edu.au

Mental health is a topic very close to my heart. Psychosocial risks are just as impactful (if not more so) than the physical risk we manage every day as part of our work. I look forward to the day when the assessment and mitigation of mental health risks becomes as commonplace as electrical testing and tagging. Until then, I am happy to be a member of a network that can provide information and support to UQ staff and students.

Students

St Lucia campus

 

 


Anastassia Demeshko
Herston

a.demeshko@uq.net.au

I am a domestic student studying a Master’s in Public Health and tutor at UQ. I also completed my Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) degree at UQ, so I know my way around campus a fair bit. I recognise that the university experience is different for everyone, where at times, students may encounter various difficulties; whether they be academic or personal. I strongly believe that a support system is vital in these times! For this reason, I am passionate about creating an inclusive environment, supporting others that may be struggling with their mental health and wellbeing, and am up always up for a chat.


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Armira Azuar
PhD student in SCMB
armira.azuar@uqconnect.edu.au

I am a second year PhD candidate and a student representative for SCMB Research Student Advisory Group and SCMB Research Committee. I understand the difficulties, pressure and stress that come with balancing responsibilities as a student. I am interested in assisting others that may struggle with mental health and wellbeing.


Ohnmar Aung
St Lucia
o.aung@uq.net.au

 


Vassa Mustikahati
St Lucia
v.mustikahati@uq.net.au

 

 


Kara Jaeschke
Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, Wacol
kara.jaeschke@uqconnect.edu.au
I am a PhD candidate in the field of mental health policy and epidemiology. I have a lived experience of mental illness, which allows me to empathise with those suffering with mental health issues


Mikaela Ward
St Lucia
Mikaela.ward@uqconnect.edu.au
I'm currently studying my second undergraduate degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (after completing a Bachelor of Music), and am also a member of the LGBT+ community. As someone who has experienced mental health struggles personally and through supporting my friends, I am passionate about helping people navigate the rough patches.


Ally Bennett
Midwifery, St Lucia
alicia.brown1@uq.net.au

I am a Bachelor of Midwifery student and previously completed degrees at UQ in Business, Arts and Commerce. Studying and learning can be difficult and daunting for some people at times. I believe that mental health is a foundation for wellbeing and that sometimes a little kindness and encouragement can mean a lot!


Holly Bowman
Psychological Science
h.bowman@uq.edu.au

I am a third-year undergraduate student undertaking a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and adore spending time with individuals and making them feel heard, supported and appreciated. I am super passionate about all things mental health and am always ready to go with a hug and an ear to listen. Alongside being apart of the Mental Health Champions Network, I enjoy volunteering at Headspace, Taringa as part of the Youth Reference Group that support young people aged 12-25. Reach out to me anytime!


Janani Welgama
St Lucia
j.welgama@uq.net.au
I am current a student and in my third year of studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). My primary campus is St Lucia.


Erin Carroll
St Lucia
em.carroll@uq.net.au

I am a current domestic student at the university, studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). I am currently in my final year before proceeding to my honours year. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to eb able to have someone listen to them and have access to resources if they need them.


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Shrika Charbhe 
Masters of Counselling
s.charbhe@uq.net.au

Hi! I'm an international student in the Master of Counselling programme at UQ. I completed my Bachelor's in Psychology from India and am very driven to work in the field of mental health. Anxiety, stress and low mood are quite common among uni students and so I am here to help and support you in your journey towards wellbeing.


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Mugdha (Meera) Amol Chavan
Undergraduate, Economics and Finance
m.chavan@uq.net.au

I’m an international student studying international economics and finance. Originally from Western coast of India, I’m familiar with how difficult it can be to adjust to new environment.  I’m always there to listen and be supportive.


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Jolene Yuan Ru Chia
Undergraduate, Psychology
joleneyuanru.chia@uq.net.au

I’m an international student from Singapore studying a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours). I believe that everyone should have access to support regarding mental health, and it’s important to me that everyone has a person they feel they can talk to.


Jennifer Day
Psychology
jennifer.day@uq.net.au


Tyson Etri
Student Centre, Psychology
tyson.etri@uqconnect.edu.au
Studying Psychology/Philosophy, avid Frasier fan, occasional hiker and frequent traveller, lover of good books, good food and good chats.  If you need to talk, I'm listening. I also volunteer as a Lifeline Crisis Supporter, am involved as a HASS Student Partner and work casually at the UQ Student Centre.


Mandy Gabler
Student Services, Education
mandy.gabler@uqconnect.edu.au


Anastasia Georgiou
Physics & Public Policy, St Lucia
a.georgiou@uq.net.au

I am a Bachelor of Science/Arts student in the areas of physics and public policy. Mental health has been critically important to me in terms of supporting friends and family, and I believe it’s crucial to have open dialogues about it. I’ve been told I’m to good to talk to, and you can pop me an email whenever on whatever for a listening ear or information on support that’s available to you.


Dorcas Simin Gui
Occupational Therapy


Shaun Hayes
PhD in Psychology
shaun.hayes@uq.net.au


Kevin Huang
Psychology
kevin.huang@uq.net.au


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Ryan Kidd
PhD student
ryan.kidd@uqconnect.edu.au

I am a UQ PhD candidate and tutor and completed my undergraduate studies at UQ. I believe all students deserve support and recognition through what can be an extraordinarily stressful and isolating experience.


Esther Kay Ying Lim
estherkayying.lim@uq.net.au

Hi there! I am Esther, currently studying Speech Pathology in UQ. Being an international student and having undergone some of the difficulties moving far away from home, I especially identify with fellow international students who have come to UQ to study. Primarily, having close friends and family members who have experienced mental health difficulties drew me towards wanting to be a part of this positive network of mental health champions, so that I am able to connect with anyone in need of a listening ear to my best abilities.


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Jessica Maher
Psychology
j.maher1@uq.net.au

I’m a third year undergraduate studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science. I’m an empathetic person who loves listening to others and providing them with support during difficult times.


Natasha Mutombe
n.mutombe@uq.net.au


Tanja Newman
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons), St Lucia
tanja.newman@uqconnect.edu.au

I am currently studying a Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology. In my spare time, you can find me taking a mindful walk, sipping some bean juice, or cuddling ALL OF THE FLUFFY ANIMALS. I have a lived experience with mental illness and am passionate about helping others to navigate the unique variety of challenges that come with the University experience. Everyone deserves a safe and supportive environment in which they can be heard - please let me know if you feel up for a chat!


Adrian Oliver
Pharmacy
adrian.oliver@uqconnect.edu.au


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Taisha Paterson
Undergraduate, Music
taisha.patersonburr@uqconnect.edu.au

I'm a current UQ student studying a Bachelor of Music, majoring in classical voice. I also work with the Student Relations Network. I would love to see a more open dialogue around mental health, and am keen to ensure other students feel valued and supported. 


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Adrienne Parker
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
adriennejaneparker@gmail.com

I’m originally from America but have lived in Australia for over a decade. I’m currently studying nursing at UQ. I have previously studied linguistics, agroecology, and French. My interests include dance of a variety of styles, cooking, baking and wellbeing.


Tvisha Sahni
St Lucia
t.sahni@uq.net.au

I am studying Exercise and Nutrition Science and I am interested in Psychology. I would love to help support our UQ community.


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Eng Boon Tan
Undergraduate, Speech Pathology
engboon.tan@uq.net.au

Most people here in Australia know me by ‘Boon’. I would love to have a chat and hope that I can offer a listening ear to anyone who needs it.


Jodi Tan
Psychology
jodi.tan@uqconnect.edu.au

 


Khushi Tanna
k.tanna@uq.net.au


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Eleanor Vincent
Undergraduate, School of Psychology
e.vincent@uqconnect.edu.au 

I’m a third year undergraduate currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). I have always loved supporting people and taking the time to foster relationships and listen to individual experiences which is why I have elected to be a Mental Health Champion for UQ.

As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a member of the Student Advisory Group within the school of Psychology. 


Michelle Woolley
Psychology
michelle.woolley@uqconnect.edu.au


Cooper Atterton
Undergraduate, Science/Economics
c.atterton@uq.net.au

I am in my 3rd year of a dual degree (BSc/BEcon, majoring in Biomed and Quantitative Methods). I am hoping to go into medical research, specifically in neurodegenerative diseases and regenerative medicine. I have been involved in many different networks at uni (I am a Young Achievers Program Mentor, a Science Mentor, and am involved in a few other extra-curricular clubs) - one thing that I know has always helped me is having support from my peers, and knowing that there is someone who has experienced the same issues as I have. I hope to be a friendly face on campus if anyone needs someone to chat to, or if you just need directions in where to go!


Antje Martins
PhD Candidate, School of Business
a.martins@business.uq.edu.au

Hi! If you need an open ear to talk, I am a good listener. I am a PhD candidate at UQ Business School and understand that the PhD life can be difficult. Talking with others has helped me to overcome some challenging times so I’d like to pay back and have an open ear for others that need it. Feel free to contact me any time!


Xiaohong Liang (Kate)
Masters of Business, School of Business
xiaohong.liang@uq.net.au

Hi, this is my fourth year at UQ, finishing my Bachelor degree and starting my Master of Business in 2021.My goal is to achieve my research degree at UQ. I am multilingual in Mandarin and Cantonese. I have been involved in range of involvements (UQ Mentor, UQ Residential College, Fitness Instructor, Chief Relationship Officer at UQ The Association for Information Systems and a community committee member). I am happy to listen anytime, believe me, you are not alone.


Danish Kazmi

Danish Kazmi
PhD Candidate, Geotechnical Engineering
d.kazmi@uq.net.au

I am a civil engineer, researcher, science communicator and sustainability enthusiast, and currently doing my PhD in geotechnical engineering at UQ. I am a UQ Volunteer and keen to help create a healthy, caring and inclusive UQ Community, where everyone feels supported and connected. I am passionate to help people maintain good mental health to reach their full potential, leading me to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider and UQ Mental Health Champion. I am happy to lend a listening ear to any community member experiencing mental health issues and provide information on where to seek professional help, through a supportive, non-judgmental and confidential talk.


Rebecca Almond

Rebecca Almond
Doctor of Medicine
r.almond@uqconnect.edu.au

Hello! I’m currently studying the Doctor of Medicine Program and I also completed my undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Pharmaceutics and Therapeutic Science (3 years of Pharmacy) here at UQ, so I’ve been here a while! I enjoy connecting with others and being there to help when things go pear-shaped. You might recognise me from volunteering or mentoring, as those are my favourite things to do outside of studying! I’m originally from South Africa and moved to Brisbane from Far North Queensland for uni, so I understand the challenges of being in a new environment and the general stresses of being a uni student. I’m always up for a chat and I love supporting others, so feel free to flick me an email!


Kirsten Ramos
Masters of Communication
k.ramos@uq.net.au

Hey there! My name’s Kirsten and I’m a Master of Communication student. I know just how important it is to have someone to turn to when things get overwhelming because I’ve often been on the receiving end of incredible support. I want that for others so I’m here to lend an empathetic ear, and/or provide anyone the necessary help in achieving good mental health.


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Abhishek Jain
Materials Engineering
abhishek.jain1@uq.edu.au

Hi there, I am 3rd year PhD student in materials engineering at UQ. Originally from India, I have been to UK, Europe, China and finally here in Australia, I have seen many people from diverse background and shared happy moments as well as their mental health struggles. In case you ever feel the need to have a chat, shoot me an email without any hesitation!


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Catherine Lawton
Doctor of Medicine
c.lawton@uqconnect.edu.au

Hello! I am a second year medical student studying through the Doctor of Medicine Ochsner program. I am from the States and empathize with navigating a new health system and support network. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you want help finding mental health resources or just want a friendly face to talk to, I am always happy to listen!


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Nanthy Nandakumaran
Medicine
n.nandakumaran@uq.edu.au

I am a first year medical student and completed my Bachelor of Biomedical Science in 2020. Whilst I am a domestic student, I travelled interstate (from Sydney) to attain higher education at UQ, so I understand the struggles of being away from home. I also recognise the immense academic and personal pressure that university students have, and know what it feels like to deal with stress and anxiety. I understand how helpful it can be to have someone to talk to, and for this reason, am passionate about supporting others dealing with mental health difficulties :)


Abi Cooper

Abi Cooper
Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)
abi.cooper@uqconnect.edu.au

I am currently a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations. Outside of UQ, I am a passionate and driven youth mental health advocate and have my own business in the area. I've experienced my own journey with mental ill health, and have learnt a lot about getting help through my experiences. I am also a young carer for someone with a mental illness. Strong believer in the power of a good cup of tea. 


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Permata Maulidhina (Dhina) Yuldi
Commerce
p.yuldi@uqconnect.edu.au

Hello, I'm Dhina, a second year final semester Accounting student under the Bachelor of Commerce Program. As a mental health champion, I'm interested to support the mental-health and well-being of UQ Community and i want to help to raise the mental health awareness, as we know that our mental health does matter.


Yujing Peng
Civil Engineering
yujing.peng@uqconnect.edu.au

Hello, I am Yujing and study in civil engineering. I clearly understand the something will copping us and make us overwhelm. If you want to find someone to talk, please send email to me anytime.


Samantha Tsung

Samantha Tsung
Master of Business Psychology
s.tsung@uq.net.au

I am a person who enjoys traveling, photography, good food (mostly Asian food) and gaming. I have been to quite a few countries and exchanged a few times. I love to take photos during my trips. I enjoyed good food and am willing to pay a lot for them (while scarifying my expense on housing, clothing and other stuff). I recently started a hobby of DIY terrarium (plants!) and sculpting and painting clay. I also watch a lot of drama – mostly Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and American ones. Feel free to contact me!


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Sela Dimech
Occupational Therapy
s.dimech@uq.net.au

My passion for health advocacy began when loved ones faced difficulties in their life and were deterred from seeking help because of the reactions and poor advice of others. I decided to study a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and complete a Mental Health First Aid Certificate so I could support people with their physical and mental health and manage those difficult conversations. I’ve now had the privilege to support family, friends, co-workers and clients with some of their everyday challenges through conversation, advice about where to seek help, physical support or diversional activities depending on their needs at the time.


Sharon Michael
Psychology (Honours)
sharon.michael@uqconnect.edu.au

Hi, I am currently completing my Honours in Psychology. If you need to have a chat, please don't hesitate to email me!


Sanchia Malapitan

Sanchia Malapitan
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
s.malapitan@uqconnect.edu.au

Hello there! My name is Sanchia, and I currently study Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) here at UQ. Navigating through the pressures and stresses of life can feel like an impossible challenge that must be endured alone. As such, I strive to be someone who listens, and I want to do my best to ensure others are heard and supported. Feel free to reach out if you're looking for someone to talk to!


Samantha Tsung

Samuel Song
Psychological Science
samuel.song@uqconnect.edu.au

I've lived in Australia for more than half of my life after emigrating from Malaysia. After completing a Bachelor of Architecture, life lead to me studying my current undergraduate degree in psychology. My passion about the struggles of mental health was something I discovered in the past few years, and hope to continue in a mental health career in the future. I feel privileged when listening to someone's life story, and I'm always curious to learn about your current circumstances, good or bad. I'm eager to hear about what's happening in your life, and hope I can help by lending my ear.


Shu Qing Tan
Psychological Science (Honours)
s.q.tan@uqconnect.edu.au

I am a mature-aged student in my first year of the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) program at UQ's St Lucia campus and a migrant of Malaysian Chinese origin. Prior to UQ, I completed two undergraduate degrees at the University of Melbourne and spent time in the workforce as a qualified lawyer, Chartered Accountant and a corporate banker. Outside of work and study, I am a martial artist, bookworm and avid TTRPG enthusiast. As an outsider with varied life experience, I have an open mind and can empathise with people from diverse walks of life. Feel free to reach out to me; I am here to lend you an ear and a shoulder to cry on.


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Nadia Bello Rinaudo
Master of Business
n.bellorinaudo@uq.edu.au

I am an international student pursuing a Master of Business. I completed a Bachelor in Psychology back home in Argentina, so I am driven to work in mental health and support others. As I volunteer and have a casual job in UQ, I spend a lot of time on St. Lucia campus...so do not hesitate to contact me if you need a chat. I am always ready to lend you an ear or a warm hug!


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Yejin Park
Psychological Science
s4588986@student.uq.edu.au

I'm currently in my third year of studying psychological science and I decided to join the mental health champion network to support my peers and to engage more with the community! I am always willing to listen to anyone that needs help so do not ever hesitate to reach out for help!


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Alana Nowakowski
Occupational Therapy
s4486343@student.uq.edu.au

True health and wellbeing cannot be without considering our mental health and wellbeing. I'm an Occupational Therapy student here at UQ, and I'm passionate about encouraging open, non-stigmatized conversations about mental health.


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Ruiqi Gong
Psychology
s4569608@student.uq.edu.au

Hi! My name is Lisa. I am a third-year psychology student undertaking a Bachelor of Arts. Feeling anxiety, experiencing low mood is normal, I believe everyone should have access to support their wellbeing when needed. If you want to talk, I am here to listen.


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Brianna Cronin
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
b.cronin@uqconnect.edu.au

Hi I'm Bri, a third year student completing a dual degree in psychology and plant biology. I've tried many pathways at uni before discovering my passions. It takes time to figure out what you want to do and it is okay if you don't know yet! I'm here to listen to concerns and offer encouragement. Please come chat or with email me if you ever feel lost or would like some support.


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Charlotte Lindeman
Mathematics / Pscyhology
s4581659@student.uq.edu.au

Hi! My name is Charlotte and I am in my third year at UQ studying a Bachelor of Mathematics/Science majoring in pure mathematics and psychology. Outside of studying I enjoy running, horse riding, drinking coffee, and watching Netflix. I am very passionate about the importance of maintaining good mental health and am very aware of how challenging university can be for some students. Please reach out if you feel like you need support or just someone to chat to, I would be more than willing to help out.


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Anantha Padmanabhan Anu
Bachelor of Business Management
s4569692@student.uq.edu.au

University can definitely be a unique journey for everyone. For me, it went from I'm lost and anxious to I'm less lost and anxious every other day. What helps me the most is talking to others who understand and know that I'm not alone in this journey. So when find yourself in need of someone to talk to, feel free to reach out!


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Nihal Dey
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
s4594549@student.uq.edu.au

Hello there! My name is Nihal and I’m currently a third-year student studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) at UQ. I am usually around the PACE Campus most of the time in the evenings. University life can be intimidating and stressful for some people at times. I strongly believe that mental health is a foundation for wellbeing. If you ever need someone to talk to, I’m here and happy to help! My door is always open, so please let me know if you want to chat!


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Raghd Alzagezoug
Graduate Diploma in Business Research Methods
s4501920@student.uq.edu.au

Deep and Meaningful conversations is what I crave. Mental health is a topic that need to be normalized to talk about. I understand the fear of opening up about it and i am keen on changing people perspective on it. Sometimes all we need is a simple open conversation so that things don't expand and become a problem.


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Abraham Sunil
Master of Information Technology
abraham.sunil@uqconnect.edu.au

I am a second year Master's in Information Technology student at the University of Queensland. Away from University, I enjoy playing the drums, travelling and the highs and lows of being an Arsenal supporter. It is tough to bring up the topic of mental health as a man . The traditional social constructs of what a man should be and how a man should behave has negatively played a role in us not seeking help. This is also seen specifically within the South Asian community as mental health is still considered a taboo topic. As a mental health champion, I hope to be able to support students who may be struggling with their mental health and wellbeing by empathising through my lived experience of mental health as I know that it may be easier to talk to someone when you know that they’ve gone through the same things. I hope to help others who may be facing the same issues seek appropriate help.

Gatton campus

Danielle Prescott
Vet Science


Chi Trung Nguyen
Master of Agribusiness
chi.nguyen@uq.edu.au

I am doing a Master's degree in Agribusiness. I also engage in many students' activities at UQ. I am passionate about all things mental health and am always ready to go with a hug and a listening ear.

Herston campus

Carla Del Carpio Aranibar 
Herston
c.delcarpioaranibar@uqconnect.edu.au 

My name is Carla and I am a Postgraduate student at The School of Public Health. I am passionate about social justice, climate change effects on human health and mental health wellbeing. I am a friendly and sociable person, please do not hesitate in contacting me if you need a chat. Area of Study: Masters of Public Health


Melina Gautschi
m.gautschi@uq.edu.au


Amelia Moyes
Psychology
a.moyes@uq.net.au


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Chelsea Muscat
Postgraduate, School of Public Health
c.muscat@uq.net.au

I'm a postgrad student in the School of Public Health. I'm passionate about wellbeing in my personal and professional life. I chose to become a UQ Mental Health because I love supporting others to be well, too.


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Srinivas Sulugodu Ramachandra
PhD student, School of Dentistry
s.sulugoduramachandra@uq.net.au

I’m a PhD student from School of Dentistry. I am accredited in the Mental Health First Aid course which I found to be interesting and has provided me with the skills to be of support to other students and raise awareness about mental health issues.


Gabbii Starr
Dentistry
g.starr@uq.edu.au


Mikaela Ward
m.gautschi@uq.edu.au

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Micaela “Mia” Dear
m.dear@uq.net.au

I love travelling and photography, and spend all my money on one or the other. My favourite TV show is The Office (US).


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Grace Fitzallen
PhD student in Clinical Psychology – Mater Research Institute
grace.fitzallen@uq.net.au

I am a PhD student in the field of clinical psychology and also an academic tutor in the School of Psychology. Promoting mental health is very important to me, which is why I’m a UQ Mental Health Champion.


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Kireina Amira Nurulizzah
Mater Research Institute
k.nurulizzah@uqconnect.edu.au

My role at UQ is a student in the School of Psychology. I've always believed that what may be considered a small problem for others can be a big problem for someone who’s experiencing it. As Ronald Reagan said, "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone”.


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Rheanna Norris
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), PACE
rheanna.norris@uqconnect.edu.au

Hi! My name is Rheanna and I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) at UQ. You can usually find me around PACE procrastinating uni work or hanging out with friends. If you ever need someone to talk to, I’m here and happy to help! I believe that everyone deserves a supportive and safe environment to be listened to, so please let me know if you want to chat!


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Ellie Maas
PhD - Medicine
uqemaas@uq.edu.au

Hello! I'm a PhD student based at the Translational Research Institute. I love travelling, delicious food and my spare time is usually spent with friends and playing with my dog Laurie. If you ever need someone to talk to please reach out. Sometimes things happen or you may feel down and it's important to know you aren't alone. I want to listen and I always strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for all.


Zwe Htet Augn
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), PACE
z.aung@uq.net.au

Hi! I’m a third year pharmacy student and also a keen activist for human rights. I’ve lived in Singapore and Myanmar for extended periods of my life so I know the struggles of moving and being put into unfamiliar situations. Being a Mental Health Champion will enable me to help those in need during crisis situations. I’ve been in a few myself so I know the struggle of being helpless. I’m always happy for a cheap and you can always reach me at z.aung@uqconnect.edu.au.


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Nihal Dey
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
s4594549@student.uq.edu.au

Hello there! My name is Nihal and I’m currently a third-year student studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) at UQ. I am usually around the PACE Campus most of the time in the evenings. University life can be intimidating and stressful for some people at times. I strongly believe that mental health is a foundation for wellbeing. If you ever need someone to talk to, I’m here and happy to help! My door is always open, so please let me know if you want to chat!


Interested in joining the Community of Practice Program? This will provide you with opportunities to further develop your knowledge and skills in mental health support through monthly learning and networking sessions. 

Staff

Community of Practice for staff

All Mental Health Champions are invited to join the Community of Practice Program. This provides you with opportunities to further develop your knowledge and skills in mental health support through monthly learning and networking sessions.

Each session will focus on building competency and confidence, with guest speakers on topics relevant to mental health. The aim is to provide a safe and supportive space to:

  • share tips and evidence-based best practice
  • lead the implementation of mental health initiatives
  • share experiences and wisdom
  • discuss information gathering and UQ trends

Supporting Students' Mental Health and Wellbeing

Complete the new online module designed by Student Services to build staff awareness of how to best support students' mental health and wellbeing while studying at university.

Complete the module

Student

Community of practice for students

Mental Health Champions are invited to join the student Community of Practice Program. The monthly learning and networking sessions will provide you with opportunities to further develop your knowledge and skills in mental health support, contribute your ideas for health and wellbeing campaigns, participate in events and initiatives that promote mental health, as well as connect with your peers in the Champion network. 
 
Each session will focus on building competency and confidence, with guest speakers on topics relevant to mental health. The aim is to provide a safe and supportive space to:

  • share tips and evidence-based best practice
  • lead the implementation of mental health initiatives
  • share experiences and wisdom
  • discuss information gathering and UQ trends
  • participate in skill building activities such as effective listening and role playing.

 

Mental Health Champion Referral Report

Mental Health Champions are asked to report any mental health conversations held in their capacity as a Mental Health Champion to enable the University to track themes and tailor programs.

Report a conversation