Life Saving Trauma Research Partnerships and Funding

Friday 1 October 2021

The RBWH Foundation recently hosted the inaugural Jamieson Trauma Institute (JTI) Leadership Forum at Parliament House.

The Forum showcased significant Queensland breakthroughs in trauma research and patient outcomes, and initiated discussion with industry and other major stakeholders about philanthropic opportunities.

“Transforming trauma care requires bold thinking, research and innovation,” said RBWH Foundation CEO Simone Garske.

“It also requires philanthropic partnership with industry. The level of investment required is beyond the scope of Government funding but the benefits to patients, their networks, our economy and health system are enormous.”

JTI is a state-wide research facility established three years ago at the Herston Health Precinct. The Institute is named after Dr Kenneth Grant Jamieson, an RBWH and Australian Neurology and Neurosurgery pioneer whose research and advocacy led to the national introduction of seat belts, crash helmets, and breathalyser testing.

JTI proudly continues Dr Jamieson’s legacy by advancing trauma prevention, research, systems, and clinical management to ensure world-first outcomes for trauma patients, such as Reece Crawford.

In 2014, Reece sustained severe traumatic brain injuries in a moped injury on the way to work.

The father of two young children spent twelve days in a coma, underwent numerous operations and had to re-learn how to walk, talk and eat unassisted while at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH).

“Both of my children were born at RBWH, in 2010 and 2013, and I often joke that I was born there too,” said Reece.

Two years after his accident, Reece began working as an assistant-physiotherapist at RBWH and uses his role to assist other traumatic injury patients, including young Sunshine Coast triathlete Alexa Leary.

Lex had her sights set on Olympic selection after winning silver at the Junior World Championships in Switzerland two years ago, but in July sustained a severe brain injury in a cycling accident while training. Lex continues to be treated at RBWH.

“What Reece and Lex show us is that trauma comes when you least expect it,” said Ms Garske. “It doesn’t play favourites or care whether you have dreams or a young family.”

“Those who are prepared for trauma are the medical specialists – the experts we’ve heard from today.”

To learn more about JTI and philanthropic partnership, please email RBWH Foundation CEO Simone Garske at s.garske@rbwhfoundation.com.au or Director of Philanthropy and Development, Nadeyn Barbieri, at n.barbieri@rbwhfoundation.com.au