About the Foundation

Since 1985, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation has championed and fostered world-leading health innovation at the Herston Health Precinct (HHP) in inner Brisbane.

In that time, RBWH Foundation has distributed $50 million dollars in support of cutting edge medical and clinician-led research, latest equipment and technologies, and evidence-based patient care initiatives.

Established as the leading philanthropic funding partner of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, the Foundation’s remit also includes the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS) and Redcliffe Hospital, a sister-hospital within the Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

RBWH Foundation assists our partners to nurture the brightest medical minds in Australia, and our dedicated volunteer Compassion Crew promotes an environment of healing and wellness, welcoming and assisting thousands of patients and visitors to RBWH and STARS each year.

A Hospital of Firsts

RBWH Foundation is honoured to support a commitment to excellence which has established RBWH as a hospital of firsts.

In 1876, RBWH researchers discovered the cause of Elephantiasis. Breakthroughs which followed include Sister Elizabeth Kenny’s revolutionary polio treatment, the first Australian dialysis treatment, a cure for QFever, and the link between childhood lead poisoning and kidney disease.

Today, RBWH is one of the largest research institutions in Australia and the world, with around 500 clinician researchers. It is considered a national leader in infectious diseases, cancer care, maternity, trauma and burns care, and is on the Steering Committee for the international ASCOT COVID-19 clinical treatment trial.

Our Doctors are researchers.

Our nurses are researchers.

Our Allied Health professionals are researchers.

RBWH Foundation’s strength lies in fostering strong ties with Government, philanthropic partners, and community. Our fundraising efforts are on an international scale with campaigns including RBWH Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund, Herston Biofabrication Institute, Queensland Infectious Diseases Institute and the Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

It is our immense pride that 100% of all donations to RBWH Foundation are directed to the purpose for which they were intended.