Patient Care and Support
One of the most important aspects of medicine is ongoing patient care and support. At the RBWH, there are many programs designed to provide this service. From our Mental Health support areas to our Volunteer network who knit blankets for our Palliative care patients and make butterflies for the doors of those nearing the end of their life.
Burnslife is a program that assists burns patients and their families on their road to recovery and rehabilitation through peer support, education, and care facilities. The group is looking for funding to provide a number of support services and burns-specific resources as an adjunct to the patient’s clinical care. Read More.
Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from or better cope with health problems. Therapy dogs have been working with patients in the geratric and mental health wards, successfully providing comfort and distraction, leading to improved feelings of optimism and a reduction in feelings of tiredness and isolation. Other areas of the hospital are keen to introduce the services of a therapy dog.
The Royal Brisbane and Womens hospital has over 100 dedicated volunteers who carry out significant duties including providing directions at various points of the Hospital, staff the Intensive Care Unit reception desk, entertain Oncology and elderly patients, run the patient laundry service, distribute pyjamas and toiletries to disadvantaged patients, and conduct various other administrative duties across the Hospital. Read more
Caring for sexual assault victims
The Clothing Support Group consists of a group of Brisbane businesswomen who saw a need to provide simple everyday items to sexual assault victims who have had to surrender personal items as forensic evidence or leave their home suddenly. Shampoo, toothbrushes, underwear and clothing are just some of the essential items that the group put in individual care packs that are supplied to victims in the Sexual Assault Unit. The Group have donated over 15,000 items to the Sexual Assault Unit since it began and are continuing to source donations to ensure the service continues.