Innovative Programs and Facilities
With the help of the Foundation, RBWH is able to invest in innovative programs and facilities to ensure optimum outcomes for patients in the longer term, including:
Queensland’s first hospital-based milk bank has provided over 3,000 litres of donor human milk to premature babies since it opened in 2012. Natural breast milk is extremely beneficial to a premature baby as it aids immunologic protection against many organisms, maturation, protection for immature tissue, promotion of healing tissue, optimal nutrition and easy digestion. Donor breast milk provided by the Milk Bank helps to reduce the length of stay, improves survival rates and reduces the stress placed on families. RBWH Foundation was honoured to be involved with the establishment of the Milk Bank and is now assisting it to expand its services. Read more
Queensland Skin Culture Centre
The Queensland Skin Culture Centre is a clinical service that grows new skin for the treatment of major burn injuries. This service involves taking a small sample of undamaged skin from the patient, growing their own skin cells in a specialised lab, and returning the skin to the patient to permanently cover their burn wounds. This service can be life-saving, decrease infection, reduce pain, close wounds, minimise the number of surgeries, reduce scarring and enable early discharge. The centre is hoping to attract funding that will enable it to grow other tissues, such as hair and muscle, that help restore a more normal appearance in severe burn victims. Read more
Adolescent Mental Health
Mental illness is the leading cause of death and disability in young Australians. In any year, one in five people aged between 15 and 25 years will experience depression or anxiety, or they will engage in the misuse of alcohol or drugs to the point where it adversely affects their functioning. The Adolescent Mental Health Unit at RBWH cares for young people aged between 14 and 18 years who suffer from conditions ranging from anxiety and depression to aggression and developmental disorders. RBWH Foundation currently funds a number of programs in the Adolescent Mental Health Unit including Music Therapy, yoga and the GYM program.
The Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y) Program was developed to educate adolescents about the potential consequences of alcohol and risky behaviour. Participants spend a full day with various specialities at the hospital, meeting the people that care for trauma patients, being exposed to the painful journey of a trauma patient, and meet a trauma survivor. A modified version of the program is also being delivered to Queensland schools. Support is now required to reach even more students and help them think more carefully about their own choices. Read more
Eat, Walk, Engage
The length of time elderly patients are staying in hospital is being reduced thanks to a groundbreaking program. Eat, Walk, Engage is new a collaborative care model that focuses on early mobilisation, feeding assistance and cognitive stimulation in elderly patients. After trialing the program over an 18 month period, the length of stay for older inpatients fell by three days. This, of course, has dramatic implications for the health system as around two thirds of patients in hospitals are aged over 65. Funding is required to help roll out Eat, Walk, Engage throughout the hospital and to develop the program for use at other hospitals around Queensland.
Queensland Motion Analysis
The Queensland Motion Analysis Centre (QMAC), based at RBWH, is working towards using motion analysis to identify the cause of medical problems in burns patients, premature babies and patients with neurological and movement disorders. Motion analysis is currently only being used in Queensland to help children but Health Research Fellow Dr Robyn Grote from QMAC aims to bring three dimensional animation technology to all patients across their lifespan. Read more