Doomscroll Remedy podcast

Learn about why people get caught up in conspiracy theories, and what happens in our brains during anxiety. Dive into the big existential threats of our time, like bushfires and climate change and the effects of plastic on our health.
Most importantly, you’ll learn that it’s not all hopeless: we got ourselves into these messes, but now – with the right people – we can get ourselves out of them.


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Meet your host, Stephen Stockwell

Stocky is a UQ journalism alumnus (2008) and a radio genius. He’s the charismatic Station Manager of community radio station, 4ZZZ – Queensland’s longest running FM radio station. It’s been reliably pumping out alternative music, news and culture since it began as the official student radio station at UQ in 1975, and is thriving under it’s new leader.

While studying at UQ, Stocky volunteered with 4ZZZ, before spending 10 years with the ABC as a rural reporter in Western Australia, a reporter and sometimes host of Triple J's Hack as well as their daily news podcast, The Signal. 

Now, back with 4ZZZ, he is as much a passionate seeker of a fantastic yarn as ever. Stocky is delivering to the community once again through his work as the host of our first season of Doomscroll Remedy. 


Listen to other UQ podcasts

GLS: Building trust in a post-truth world

This edition of the Global Leadership Series, held at Custom’s House in Brisbane, Australia, explores the topic of building trust in a post-truth world.  While recent public enquiries have uncovered systematic failings of ethical culture, integrity, and governance in a number of sectors, they also provide a platform for change and rebuilding trust.  In a global pandemic, this opportunity is heightened.  Despite many politicians and individuals questioning public health responses such as lockdown measures and vaccination, we have seen growing support for expert opinion. UQ trust experts Professor Matthew Hornsey, Professor Nicole Gillespie, and James Mabbott, Partner in Charge at KPMG Futures, explore how trust in organisations and institutions can be built, restored, and preserved.


GLS: What's it all about? Constitution, treaty, voice.

This edition of the Global Leadership Series, held at Custom’s House in Brisbane, Australia, asks the question ‘What’s it all about? Constitution, Treaty, Voice.’  When the Uluru Statement from the Heart was released in 2017, it called for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution. It was an important moment in our country’s history, calling for structural reform to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a greater say in the laws, policies and services that impact them. UQ alumnus Professor Megan Davis, the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law at UNSW Sydney reflects on key concepts of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and important questions facing Australia on the path to a better future. 


GLS: Understanding Anxiety with Dr James Kirby

Dr James Kirby is a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist at the University of Queensland. He has broad research interests in compassion science, and his clinical practice focuses on helping individuals dealing with self-criticism and shame.

In this presentation, James discusses anxiety - one of the most common mental health conditions in Australia. He shares the functions of anxiety and helps us to understand and validate our experiences of it.

GLS: Experts discuss the US election: Trump vs Biden
The 2020 presidential election pits Trump against former Vice-President Joe Biden, presenting voters with starkly contrasting values, policies and visions for the United States. The decision of American voters on 3 November 2020 will reverberate in Australia and around the world. Our experts will lay out the issues and possibilities, and what the great powers of the past can tell us about the future.

GLS: Considering a trans-Tasman travel bubble

In this podcast, our expert panel will discuss the likelihood and logistics of a trans-Tasman travel bubble, and the risks and benefits it would bring to both Australia and New Zealand.

GLS: Creativity in the time of COVID-19
In this podcast, our panel of authors discuss of the complexity of writing and creative processes during times of uncertainty and disruption. They speak of the challenges they have faced during their recent writing efforts, and share with us their advice for overcoming and navigating these challenges.

GLS: Investigative journalism in the era of fake news

The future of democracy depends on the free and fair flow of information, of transparency in our institutions of all kinds. Investigative journalism shines a light on the systems that form the basis of our society and government. Two experts in the field will share their experiences in the industry.


GLS: The science of sleep

We spend approximately a third of our lives asleep: that's roughly twenty-five years we could spend awake and living, and yet evolution has fettered us to hours spent every night in our most vulnerable state - unconscious and unaware.

Liveris Academy: Global Leadership Podcast Series




Tara Rimmer discusses the pain of endometriosis
Tara Rimmer, a successful and driven entrepreneur, shares her remarkable story of powering on through a debilitating and devastating journey with endometriosis.

Giovanna Leung describes the impact of living with stenosis
Giovanna Leung, a UQ graduate and IMB research champion, shares her story of perseverance and bravery in the face of a long battle with chronic pain.

Karen Raymond describes her journey with auto-inflammatory disease
Listen to Karen’s moving lifelong journey with an often debilitating auto-inflammatory disease that drover her hunger for better insights to combat it. This path lead to her into the lab with IMB’s Centre for Inflammation & Disease Research to discover the keys to unlocking her personal mystery.

Joseph Donataccio, stroke survivor, tells his story
Joseph Donataccio is on the Philanthropy and Engagement board at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and talks about his experience as a stroke survivor.

QBI researchers tell us about the latest in brain science and the fundamentals of disease and brain health. Click here to access the series.

Looking for inspirational and engaging business podcasts to keep you at the top of your game and help prepare you for future business success?

Don’t spend hours trying to find a great series that will get you hooked. We’ve taken the liberty of finding the best of the best (listed in no particular order) so you can dive straight in. Tried and tested by UQ Business School staff, you know these will be good!

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UQ Talks: The past, present and future of Indigenous Studies

In this UQ Talk, globally renowned scholar Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, a Goenpul woman of the Quandamooka people, will provide an overview of Indigenous scholarly debates about what constitutes Indigenous Studies in contemporary Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.


Turning up the heat on science and climate reporting

From droughts to raging bushfires to devastating floods, Australia has seen an alarming increase in the severity of weather events in recent years. 

Join award-winning journalists and UQ graduates Marian Wilkinson and Tegan Taylor, as they lift the curtain on climate-change politics and discuss how quality science reporting can play a role in helping Australia reach its emission targets.

Young Alumni Series: COVID-19 and investing

With the current economic outlook, how should you navigate through these uncertainties to make the right investment moves? Is it possible to diversify your investment portfolio and maintain a healthy wealth management profile during an economic downturn? Hear from three personal finance experts Effie Zahos, Professor Shaun Bond and Andrew Courtney in as they answer your questions and share some practical investment tips for young professionals to get ahead of this pandemic.

Young Alumni Series: Mentoring for career success

The benefits of mentoring are indisputable – from increasing confidence and providing perspective to creating opportunities and building networks… In this podcast, the founder of She Mentors, Ali Adey, and leadership professor, Polly Parker, share their top tips to make mentoring work for you and your career.

Young Alumni Series: COVID-19 + Tax

Learn how you can get the most out of your 2020 tax return with the new ‘working from home’ arrangements, and set yourself up to ensure you maximise your tax returns this year. Be tax smart during tax time!

Young Alumni Series: COVID-19 + Career

Hear from four career experts as they redefine what ‘employability’ means now and how to best position yourself for your next career move. They will answer some popular questions around job-seeking, upskilling, top interview tips and give practical advice on how to give your CV and online presence a boost!

Young Alumni Series: 2020 Mentoring for career success webinar

Have you ever wished you had someone to bounce ideas off about work? A mentor to coach you through a salary negotiation, seek advice on your CV or to help navigate the next step of your career as a young professional?

Young Alumni Series: Your COVID-19 financial survival guide

Three finance professionals answered your questions on finance in the era of COVID-19. Click here to watch the original webinar, or read their top five tips.

Stock market crash, real estate and credit card debt. These were just some of the topics that were covered at the Get Finance Fit webinar, COVID-19 + Finance, what money moves should you make during a pandemic?

Finance professionals, shared their insights into our finance woes during these challenging times:

  • Andrew Courtney, Director of Plentitude Wealth
  • Effie Zahos, Editor-at-Large, Canstar and Former Money Magazine Editor
  • Professor Shaun Bond, Frank Finn Chair in Finance, UQ Business School


Curious about what the future of travel looks like? Or, wondering how Australia’s tourism industry will recover from COVID-19? Expert in tourism recovery and reputation management, Dr Gabby Walters answers all these question and more in this episode of Alumni Ask.

For more than a century, our football codes have helped shape our suburbs, states, and national identity. But as the NRL and AFL scramble to re-start their competitions, the COVID-19 pandemic could change these games forever – while some football codes may never recover. In this conversation, Professor John Mangan of UQ Business School applies his economics expertise to the future of Australia's four football codes.

Want more NRL content? See what a day in the life of NRL star and UQ student Pat Carrigan looks like. 

It’s been 10 long weeks for Pat Carrigan, but the NRL season is back. Contact spoke with the boom Broncos backrower about what a typical day was like for an NRL player in lockdown. 

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From working from home to entertainment, the internet is proving to be more important to us know than ever before. So, how do we stay safe online? How often do we need to update our passwords? How do we avoid being hacked? Deputy Director of UQ Cyber Security, Associate Professor John Williams, gives us the answers. He also answers your questions on cyber security study and career opportunities.

Want to know more about cyber security? Check out the resources below:
UQ resources: Cyber Security MasterClassUQ Cyber Security WebsiteUQ Scholarships
Further reading: Brian Krebs – www.krebsonsecurity.com; Bruce Schneier on Security - www.schneier.com; Dark Reading www.darkreading.com

Listen to our conversation on innovation and entrepreneurship with the Head of UQ Ventures, Nimrod Klayman.

Supporting Indigenous success in HASS

Attending university can be the experience that catalyses an entire career and a lifelong passion, but for many Indigenous students, the financial burden means it isn’t an option. In this episode, we talked to Professor Heather Zwicker and Associate Professor Sandra Philips about the HASS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Endowment Fund, which was established through Heather’s initial commitment on Giving Day in 2019. For both Heather and Sandra, the fund is an important step in creating the generational change we need to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous students

The natural match of philanthropy and entrepreneurialism 

Robert Quinn – like all start-up founders – is driven by a desire to create change in the world. For Robert, this is change he is creating through his start-up company, Patch’d Medical, but also as one of the inaugural members of UQ’s Founder’s Pledge. The Pledge is an exciting new approach to giving which marries the natural ambition of entrepreneurialism and philanthropy to create a community of like-minded individuals committed to paying their success back. In this episode, we talked to Robert about his experiences with the Founder’s Pledge, the start-up culture in Australia, and the importance of giving back.

Paying back your own opportunities

For Cynthia Burnett, languages and culture offer us unique insights into humanity – a lesson she learned while teaching and learning in Europe on two scholarships after her studies in the late 1960s. In 2018, Cynthia established the Cynthia Burnett Travel Scholarships to give back the opportunity awarded to her during her own university studies, to support talented young students undertaking language learning in the native environment. Through her foundation – established in her father’s name – she also supports medical education at UQ at the Francis Baron Burnett Stimulation Centre. In this episode, we talked to Cynthia about her love for languages and her experience with giving at UQ.


Supporting physio students when they need it most

Clinical placements are a critical part of a physiotherapy student’s education, but they can sometimes create a significant financial burden for students who have to relocate temporarily for their placements. This is a need Emeritus Professor Gwendolen Jull recognised in her time teaching within the School of Rehabilitation and Social Sciences, and saw her establish two new scholarships for physiotherapy students in need. In this episode, we talked to Gwen about time as an educator at UQ and her decision to give.   


The big benefits of tiny-house living

Ever wanted to pack up and move into a tiny house? Learn about the big changes tiny houses can make to your life, and your community, from The Tiny House Company co-founder and UQ architecture graduate Lara Nobel.


Biting back against shark myths

UQ alumnus and adjunct fellow marine biologist Dr Blake Chapman takes the bite out of shark myths and explains how important sharks are to our environment.


Saving Australia’s Jurassic Park

UQ palaeontologist Dr Steve Salisbury has helped unearth thousands of dinosaur footprints along a single stretch of coastline in Western Australia. He and his team braved sharks, crocodiles, massive tides and the threat of development to unveil the most diverse assemblage of dinosaur tracks in the world. Welcome to Australia’s Jurassic Park.


The world is in a race to produce significantly more food to support its growing population. Find out how Professor Mark Cooper is leading the way by returning to UQ as the Chair in Prediction Based Crop Improvement – a role which aims to find innovative solutions to the world’s food-gap issue. But it's not the only race Professor Cooper is running. The Scottish native has risked wildlife attacks and frostbite in his quest to complete marathons all over the globe.

Alumni Awards: Improving body image positivity with Professor Phillippa Diedrichs

In this conversation, Madonna King speaks to UQ Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Excellent Award recipient, Professor Phillippa Diedrichs.

Alumni Awards: Balancing business and family with Sally McPherson

In this conversation, Madonna King speaks to Colleges' UQ Alumni Award recipient, Sally McPherson.

Alumni Awards: UQ Sportsman of the Year, Angus Scott-Young

In this conversation, Madonna King speaks to UQ Sportsman of the Year, Angus Scott-Young.

Alumni Awards: Finding your voice on a global stage with Tamara Richardson

In this conversation, Madonna King speaks to Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient, Tamara Richardson.

For more information on our 2020 UQ Alumni Award winners, visit alumni.uq.edu.au/awards/alumni.

Alumni Awards: Mozambique, women and listening with Fauna Ibramogy

In this conversation, Madonna King speaks to UQ International Alumnus of the Year award recipient, Fauna Ibramogy.

Fauna studied her Masters of Agribusiness at UQ in 2012 and 2013. She is the national program officer for economic development with the Embassy of Switzerland. She works in Swiss Development Cooperation office in Mozambique, as an agribusiness specialist.

Alumni Awards: Making the most of university with UQ Graduate of the Year, Jo Auer

In this conversation, Madonna King speaks to UQ Graduate of the Year, Jo Auer. Ms Josephine Auer graduated from a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics with Honours Class I and the University Medal (2019). While maintaining a perfect GPA of 7, Ms Auer simultaneously trained at an elite level in athletics, competing in the Commonwealth Games Trials for 1500m Track in Field in 2018. In this conversation, she speaks about her love for study and how she watned to truly make the most of university. 

Alumni Awards: Social work, politics and reform with The Honourable Matthew Foley

In this conversation, Madonna King speaks to UQ Alumnus of the Year, The Honourable Matthew Foley. The Honourable Matt Foley is a barrister, former minister and social worker with a lifetime of service to the people of Queensland.

Alumni Awards: Two Good Co and community with Rob Caslick

In this conversation, Madonna King speaks to UQ Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Award recipient, Rob Caslick. Mr Robert Caslick is a Mechanical Engineer with a lifelong commitment to serving others, most recently as the founder of social venture, Two Good Co.

Alumni Awards: Medicine, mentoring and mistakes with Dr Michael Bonning

In this conversation, Madonna King speaks to Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient, Dr Michael Bonning.

Dr Michael Bonning is a medical doctor with extensive experience in health policy, non-profit and advising corporations. While working for the Australian Defence Force, Dr Bonning built a policy advisory consulting firm and served on a number of Australia’s most prominent health orientated boards including the Federal Australian Medical Association (AMA) and AMA NSW, GP Synergy and the Postgraduate Medical Council of Queensland.

Alumni Awards: Designing Game Of Thrones and being brave with Deb Riley

In this conversation, Madonna King speaks to UQ Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Award recipient, Deb Riley.

Deb Riley is a four-time Emmy award winning production designer and art director. Her portfolio includes Game of Thrones, The Matrix, Moulin Rouge and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Alumni Awards: Setting goals and giving back with Dr John Maunder

In this conversation, Madonna King speaks to UQ Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient, Dr John Maunder.

Alumni Awards: Native Title rights and the future with Cameron Costello

In this conversation, Madonna King speaks to Indigenous Community Impact Award recipient, Cameron Costello.



Professor Deborah Terry AO

In this first episode of the Women Finding Success podcast series, UQ's first-ever woman Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Debbie Terry, discusses challenges she's faced, wisdom she's received and achievements she's made during a long and successful career. Her inspiring journey of success in the higher education sector is a must-listen.


Professor Ian Frazer COVID-19 advice with RACQ


LeadHers: How to speak with confidence

Hear from UQ Entrepreneur in Residence, Sam Jockel, as she shares her tips for speaking with confidence as part of an online LeadHers workshop. For more about the LeadHers program, and other programs run by UQ Ventures, click here.


In times like these, what would Oodgeroo do?

The 2020 Fryer Lecture in Australian Literature marks the centenary of the birth of the great Aboriginal poet, activist, and educator, Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920-1993).

Acclaimed writer Alexis Wright shares her personal reflections on the difficult time for Aboriginal people in which Oodgeroo lived and worked, a period that Alexis' mother lived through in far North West Queensland.

Presented by the Australian Institute for Business and Economics and the Centre for Policy Futures, hear from industry experts on the topics of environmental offsets, sustainability policy, circular economy and more.

As the current pandemic sets the new vision for global action towards an inclusive and sustainable world, the success of organisations depends on their approach to sustainability. In particular, how they localise and integrate practices across sustainable business models, ESG indicators, climate finance and environmental offsets.