You can double our chances of beating COVID-19

Tuesday 2 June 2020 Help us win the race against Coronavirus.   Keith and Glenda Drake are business people and great-grandparents who have spent their life working hard and growing a nest egg for their family, all while caring for their son who has cerebral palsy. When Coronavirus arrived on our shores, Keith and Glenda made the generous decision to donate $100,000 of their savings to support the RBWH’s efforts in combating this virus. Keith and Glenda’s donation will mean that you can double our chances of beating COVID-19, as every donation up to $100,000 will be matched ...

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Search begins for Patient Friendly Initiatives

Monday 18 May 2020 A new grant round being funded by the RBWH Foundation is seeking innovative projects to make hospital visits more patient and visitor friendly. The RBWH Foundation is providing $50,000 for the 2020-21 Patient Friendly Initiatives grants and applications close Friday May 29. Previous projects, in conjunction with the RBWH Patient Friendly Committee, include: • Establishment of the Hospital’s Pet Friendly Area for visits by furry best friends • The Stairwell Project’s live music sessions • Sound equipment and a Spotify account for the Hospital’s front ...

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RBWH plays key role in COVID-19 drug trial

Wednesday 6 May 2020 RBWH plays pivotal role in ASCOT clinical drug trial Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Australian public, the first Australian clinical drug trial (ASCOT) to test the effectiveness of two existing drugs in patients hospitalised with COVID-19 is officially underway. The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) is proud to play a pivotal role. RBWH is now ready to enrol patients in the trials, while our Pharmacy Department is packing medication kits and distributing them to around 70 other Australian hospitals and more than 10 New Zealand hospitals ...

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Urgent funding release for COVID-19 Grants

Wednesday 6 May 2020 Urgent release of funding for Special COVID-19 Grant Round Research projects analysing the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) rapid response to COVID-19 and subsequent changes to its healthcare practices, will be the focus of a Special Grant Round being funded by the RBWH Foundation. RBWH Executive Director Research Services, Dr Merrilyn Banks, said some of the changes instituted in just weeks at the start of the pandemic, might otherwise have taken up to a year to implement. “It was amazing to watch the hospital prepare for this pandemic,” said Dr ...

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The world unites, May 5, for #GivingTuesdayNow

Tuesday 5 May 2020 Together we stand. Together we heal. Together we give. May 5 has been declared #GivingTuesdayNow - a global day of giving and an opportunity for the whole world to unite against the novel Coronavirus pandemic. Make no mistake, the race against COVID-19 affects us all. More than two million people internationally have been infected and billions of lives affected. The hard work is far from over. You can assist the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation fast track vital healthcare projects by donating to the Coronavirus Action Fund. Those ...

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Penthouse Auction for COVID-19

Friday 24 April 2020 Penthouse Auction to fund COVID-19 Treatment Research In a remarkable act of generosity, an 82-year-old semi-retired builder will donate the entire proceeds from the auction of his luxury coastal penthouse to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund. Keith Drake, who operated Drake Homes and Pryde Timbers with the assistance of his family for many years, is doing all he can to assist the expansion of national trials to test the effectiveness of two drugs in the treatment of COVID-19 and support other COVID-19 medical ...

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ASCOT Clinical Drug Trials Open for Patient Enrolments

Friday 17 April 2020 We are excited to announce that the clinical drug trials (ASCOT), which will test the effectiveness of two existing drugs in patients hospitalised with COVID-19, are open for patient enrolments. The number of hospitals involved has grown to around 70 Australian hospitals, in every state and territory, and over 10 hospitals in New Zealand. The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Pharmacy is currently distributing the drugs needed for the trials to all hospitals involved. Due to Australia's social distancing policies, there are currently less than the ...

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More Funding Needed for Expansion of Coronavirus Drug Trials

Thursday 26 March 2020 Researchers are set to begin clinical trials of possible treatments for COVID-19 using two existing drugs, but more funds are needed to expand the trial nationally.  The RBWH Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund has raised funds for the the clinical trials to begin at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Prince Charles Hospital, however, another 56 hospitals across Australia have expressed interested in taking part in the trials.   Professor David Paterson, Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at the Royal Brisbane and ...

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RBWH Foundation Funds LifeSaving Premature Baby Technology

Friday 21 February 2020 Each year more than 1,600 premature and sick newborns are admitted to the Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, requiring specialist care and management. Sick babies can be admitted to the Neonatal Unit from the hospital or transferred from other hospitals across regional Queensland and northern New South Wales through South East Queensland’s Neonatal Retrieval Service (NeoRESQ), which is based at the RBWH. Professional training, education and preparation are crucial to the success of the NeoRESQ Service. Simulation tools such as ...

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RBWH Nurses reflect on a Lifetime of Service

Thursday 20 February 2020 2020 is a special year for the RBWH which is celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. Patty, Marion, Valerie and Margaret are all retired nurses who currently volunteer at the Museum of Nursing History. Together they have seen many changes in health practices, medical technologies and even nursing uniforms throughout the eras. “Nurses wore different styles of headdress to signify their experience levels,” says Patty. Capes, veils and butterfly caps all featured as part of the ...

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