The Community of Interest Webinar Series aims to create connections between clinician scientists (of all disciplines), academic health researchers and clinicians who are interested in research (but not sure where to start).

The Communities of Interest webinar series aims to connect healthcare professionals, clinician researchers and academic health researchers across northern Queensland and beyond to support research collaboration, translation and knowledge exchange.

Each webinar features two speakers who will provide a brief presentation on their research work, followed by a facilitated open discussion exploring future projects, challenges and opportunities and potential for collaboration.

Each webinar will focus on a particular health challenge of relevance to northern Queensland and aligned with the TAAHC Research Themes.

 If you are an experienced researcher, new to research or interested in research but not sure where to start, join us at an upcoming webinar to connect with colleagues and learn more about health and medical research in northern Queensland.

Upcoming Webinars 

27 October 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Rehabilitation Research

‘"Services reaching everyone in northern Australia:The allied health student-implemented service model."


  • Dr Alice Cairns, Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University
  • Associate Professor Ruth Barker, College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University
Register here.

Previous Webinars

29 September 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Retrieval and Emergency Research


  • Dr Clinton Gibbs, Clinical Director - Northern Operations, Retrieval Services Queensland, Queensland Health. "Trauma Care in the Tropics - A multicentre Retrospective Analysis"
  • Dr Hayley Letson, Research Fellow, Heart and Trauma Research Laboratory, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University. "Prehospital Emergency Care in Regional, Rural and Remote Environments: Applying the Lessons of War."
28 July 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Developing a Women’s Health and Research Workforce in North Queensland 


  • Building women’s health research capacity, presented by Prof. Cate Nagle,  Professor of Nursing and Midwifery, Townsville Hospital and Health Service and JCU 
  • The Nutrition Education and Screening Tool in pregnant women of FNQ, presented by Dr Janelle James-McAlpine, Women's Health Research Capacity Building Fellow, TAAHC and Nursing and Midwifery, James Cook University  
26 May 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Neglected Infections in North Queensland


  • Melioidosis – An update and summary of local research, Dr Robert NortonDirector of Microbiology and Pathology, Townsville University Hospital
  • Dr Simon Smith, Infectious Diseases Specialist, Cairns Hospital

Recording link

28 April 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Population and digital health

Population health in Mackay – the “Let’s Shape Up” initiative, presented by Associate Professor David Farlow, Executive Director Research and Innovation, Mackay Hospital and Health Service and Clinical Dean, Mackay Clinical School, James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Updates in bio-informatics and the implications for personalised health care in NQ, presented by Dr Matt Field, Principal Research Fellow, Bioinformatics, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University.

31 March 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
New research developments in renal disease

Prof Andrew Mallett, Director of Clinical Research & Consultant Nephrologist at the Townsville University Hospital, Professor of Medicine at JCU College of Medicine & Dentistry.

Dr Murty Mantha, Director of Renal Medicine at Queensland Health Cairns.

Recording available upon request.

24 February 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Allergic diseases in the north

Professor Andreas Lopata, College of Public Health Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University: “Novel diagnostics for better management of tropical allergies”

Dr Peter Bourke, Consultant Physician, Clinical Immunologist and Allergist at the Cairns Hospital:  “Clinical Allergy in FNQ”

Recording Link

27 January 2021 5pm-6pm AEST
Better health through research: How a research degree can improve your practice and career

Professor Sarah Larkins, Director of Research Development and Professor of Health Systems Strengthening at James Cook University.

Dr Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Associate Dean of Research College of Medicine and Dentistry and Public Health researcher at James Cook University.

  • Prof Sabe Sabesan - Medicine, previous student
  • Mrs Catrina Felton-Busch - Medicine, current student
  • Dr Martina Mylrea - Pharmacy, previous student
  • Erica Martin - Dentist, current student
  • Dr Sue Ireland - Paediatrician, current student
  • Tejas Singh - Doctor, current student
  • Mal Fernando - Podiatrist/Doctor, past student
  • Dr Melissa Crowe, Director, Cohort Doctoral Studies Program
  • Dr Diana Mendez, Mentor, Cohort Doctoral Studies Program

Recording Link

25 November 2020 5pm - 6pm AEST
Infectious Diseases

Featured panellists:

Professor Emma McBryde, Australian Institute of Health and Medicine, James Cook University. "Possible vaccine strategies to prevent COVID-19 in northern Australia"

Dr Josh Hanson, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service. "Double trouble: Bacterial co-infection in adults hospitalised with malaria"

28 October 2020 5pm-6pm AEST

Featured panellists:

Associate Professor Yoga Kandasamy, Townsville Hospital and Health Service. The association between prematurity and chronic kidney disease.

Ms Michelle Rothwell, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service. Responses to Rheumatic Heart Disease in Far North Queensland.

30 September 2020 5pm AEST
Rural and Remote Health Care Provision

Featured panellists:

Professor Sabe Sabesan, Townsville Hospital and Health Service/James Cook University. Developing, implementing and evaluating tele-chemotherapy models in NQ.

Professor Sarah Larkins and Ms Karen Johnston, James Cook University. National Evaluation of Remote Radiology Assessment Model for BreastScreen Australia - what can we learn about implementation of new models of care.

Wednesday 26 August 2020 5pm AEST
Vascular and Renal Disease

Featured panellists:

  • Professor Jon Golledge, Townsville Hospital and Health Service/James Cook University and Dr Joe Moxon, James Cook University. The MAGIC trial - Metformin in the Prevention of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
  • Dr Andrea Miller, Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service. New models of renal care in the Western Cape.
Wednesday 29 July 2020 5pm AEST
Aged Care

Featured panellists:

  • Professor Eddy Strivens, Clinical Director, Older Persons Health Services, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service. Healthy Ageing and Dementia Research in the Torres Strait
  • Dr Denise Craig, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service. End of life care arrangements.