The new UQ Health and Recreation Precinct will be located near the northern end of the hockey fields in close proximity to the UQ Centre and the Aquatic Centre.

In March 2020, the construction of the HARC Program was put on hold, due to uncertainty created by COVID-19. In the second half of 2020, a revised HARC scheme was developed to consider options that will deliver the benefits and outcomes of the HARC brief and increase utilisation of existing assets. The revised scheme was developed that introduces a new health and recreation facility at the northern end of the hockey fields in close proximity to the UQ Centre and Aquatic Centre. The business case for the new Health and Recreation Precinct was approved by the Senate in December 2020.  

The Health and Recreation Precinct includes the following businesses and functions: 

  • UQ Sport – fitness and recreational activities through individual and group programs . 
  • MSK Clinic (currently MSSI) – student-led allied health clinic specialising in sport and musculoskeletal injuries . 
  • UQ Health Care – primary care GP practice that also provides specialist mental health support.  
  • UQ Wellness – wellbeing programs for staff focusing on lifestyle, psychological health, physical health, and organisational engagement.  

Co-locating these services creates the potential for enhanced and new services that better meet the needs of a broad range of customers. A co-located environment will also facilitate clinical research and will establish UQ as an exemplar of evidence-based teaching and learning.  A culture of health and wellness at UQ is an enabler for the engagement and retention of students and staff and to build more productive long-term relationships with alumni and members of the local community.   

Regular sport will be introduced back into the UQ Centre Exhibition Hall while continuing to serve the UQ Community for key activities including graduations, exams, teaching and other events. The use of the UQ Centre will provide UQ Sport and other clubs with access to three Olympic sized, air-conditioned sports courts.  

The precinct will include a:  

  • Gym, including a martial arts gym .
  • Dedicated wellness space (welcome area, seminar, activity, workshop and ‘chill out’ zones).  
  • Dedicated health space (consultation rooms, procedure rooms, treatment and treatment prep, rooms, open floor area, storage).
  • MSK space (consultation rooms, treatment spaces, open floor area, and equipment storage).  
  • Built-in equipment rooms, PWD compliant amenities, first aid room, facility service, rooms, maintenance and cleaning spaces.  


The UQ Sport Fitness Centre, UQ Health Care, MSK, HaBS and UQ Wellness activities will continue with business as usual until completion of the new precinct. The new facility is expected to be ready to open in 2023. 

Program team

Health and Recreation Steering Committee

UQ Role Contact
Executive Director, Strategic Initiative (Executive Sponsor) Rob Moffatt
Chief Executive Officer UQ Sports Limited (Business Owner) Bryan Pryde
Chief Executive Officer UQ Health Care (Business Owner) Darryl Grundy
Director, OH&S, Health, Safety & Wellness (Business Owner) Jim Carmichael
Director, Health Partnership Major Projects, Medicine (Business Owner) Mika Hayward
Director, Strategic Program Office Jacques Liebenberg
Director, Property & Facilities  Fabby Ernesta
Head of School, Architecture Cameron Bruhn
Associate Director, Strategic Program Management, Strategic Program Office Lidia Tama
Senior Project Manager, Property and Facilities Zak Williams


Health and Recreation Precinct

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