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RBWH Foundation Giving Day: 520,000 Reasons to Celebrate!

A treadmill challenge on national television, featuring two former Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) patients, has helped the RBWH Foundation Giving Day raise more than $520,000 to advance patient care and life-saving research. The 24-hour RBWH Foundation Giving Day, held on Wednesday 15 June, was kickstarted by Seven’s Sunrise program with weather presenter Sam Mac showcasing the work of RBWH health workers and clinician researchers. Sam also featured patients, past and present. RBWH Foundation CEO Simone Garske said Giving Day’s fundraising achievement reflected the extraordinary trust and connection between hospital staff and ...

RBWH Foundation awarded Philanthropic Foundation of the Year

The RBWH Foundation has been announced as inaugural Philanthropic Foundation of the Year by the Queensland Community Foundation in recognition of its commitment to advancing patient care and life-saving research at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH). The annual awards celebrate the work of individuals and organisations which make significant contributions to Queensland’s philanthropic sector. (Pictured L-R) RBWH Foundation Board member Lisa Smith, Deputy Board Chair Kristin Devitt, Board Chair Susan Buckley, Board members Leona Murphy and Sharyn Ghidella, Foundation CEO Simone Garske. The RBWH Foundation Board Chair Susan ...

World-first RBWH research links probiotics to premature birth risk

RBWH Foundation-funded research, led by Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Women's and Newborn Services Director of Research, Professor Leonie Callaway, has linked a popular health supplement to a potentially dangerous complication during pregnancy. RBWH researchers are urging women to seek medical advice before taking tablet and powder probiotics while pregnant, following their world-first study which has linked oral probiotics to an increased risk of preeclampsia, a condition which affects about 15-thousand women in Australia every year. Probiotics are live bacteria that improve health. In high enough quantities, these "good" ...

Countdown to RBWH Foundation Giving Day!

Mark Wednesday 15 June in your calendar because the third RBWH Foundation Giving Day 2022 is an event you will not want to miss! It’s the day Queenslanders rally to show gratitude to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) healthcare heroes for their tireless work, excellent patient care and life-saving research. Every dollar donated by 15 June will again be doubled this year, for twice the impact, thanks to the generosity of RBWH Foundation corporate supporters and generous individuals. It’s also an opportunity to have some fun! Help our Giving Day Gratitude tree grow: Visit the RBWH Ground Floor Foyer to read the beauti...

Mental Wellbeing: A Foundation Priority

Meet Liz Crowe, the RBWH Wellbeing Officer, proudly funded by the Coronavirus Action Fund. If you ever find yourself dancing in the supermarket, compiling a playlist that makes you smile, or researching whether fish really do sleep, chances are you are one of almost 500 RBWH staff members taking your wellbeing and self-care very seriously. The activities were part of a 14-day Self-care Challenge developed by RBWH Wellbeing Officer Liz Crowe. Liz’s position is proudly funded through the RBWH Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund. “The wellbeing of healthcare professionals (HCPs) is essential to ensure excellence in patient care,” said Ms ...

Recognition for ‘Unparalled Impact’

The RBWH Foundation is thrilled to announce that Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) researcher, Professor Jason Roberts, has been announced as this year’s recipient of the Fred J Boyd Award from the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA). Professor Roberts is an RBWH Consultant Clinical Pharmacist and Interim Director of the Herston Infectious Diseases Institute, a significant project funded by the RBWH Foundation’s Coronavirus Action Fund. The RBWH Foundation is proud to have awarded Prof. Roberts his very first research grant in 2004.  The prestigious Fred J Boyd Award recognises the unparalleled impact that his ...

Highly-coveted 2022 Research Grants Announced

Using a snake-venom based product to control bleeding in burns patients, and development of robotic technology for minimally invasive surgery, are just two of the fascinating and innovative research grants which received funding at the 2022 RBWH Foundation Research Awards. Some of the brightest medical minds from Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) have been honoured and recognised, thanks to incredible generosity of supporters who share the RBWH Foundation vision of advancing patient care and life-saving research. “Being an RBWH Foundation donor means being part of something that is incredibly special and powerful,” said RBWH ...

Restoring the Past for Queensland’s Future

The historic Lady Lamington Nurses’ Quarters overlooking Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) in the Herston Quarter, have been transformed to their former glory. Directed by Australian Unity, the renovation of the Lady Lamington Nurses’ Home is part of a larger $1.3 billion Herston Quarter project. Herston Quarter is also home to STARS, the Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service. STARS, which is Queensland’s first digital hospital, is proudly supported by RBWH Foundation in achieving its philanthropic goals. The Herston Quarter project is fast establishing the Herston Health Precinct as a global benchmark in public and ...

An Extraordinary Act of Gratitude

For the past two years, Forest Lakes businessman Nguyen Dang and wife Diamond Tran have hosted a very special celebration called the ‘Thank You Queensland Health’ party for cancer research. It’s a celebration of life and the guests of honour include Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Cancer Care staff. The couple use the celebration to present their annual donation to the RBWH Foundation for cancer research, acutely aware of how it helped save Nguyen’s life. Three years ago, a routine blood test by Nguyen Dang’s GP had delivered a bombshell. He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), a type of cancer ...

Cancer Survival on the Increase

Saving Lives Through Inspired RBWH Cancer Research A diagnosis of cancer can be extremely overwhelming, but the latest five-year cancer survival rates should provide comfort to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Cancer Care patients and their families. National statistics show an increase from 51% in 1988 to 70% in 2017*, a reflection of the dedication and commitment of researchers, including those at RBWH. RBWH Cancer Care Service is the largest unit in Queensland, home to the largest Bone Marrow Transplant program in Australia and offering the only public Adolescent and Young Adult cancer centre. Key to success is the integration ...