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Twelve-month anniversary of COVID-19 Pandemic

March 11, 2021, marked a somber anniversary – the one-year mark since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It’s also twelve months since Mr Luca Fu, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation Board Member and Managing Director of YFG Shopping Centres, made the first donation to the RBWH Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund. It was a donation that, within weeks, would result in the most critical - and overwhelmingly successful - fundraising campaign in our 35-year history. Thanks to the generosity of you, our donors - everyday Australians, philanthropic individuals and corporate entities ...

Clinician feedback needed for RBWH gestational diabetes research

Temporary changes to the national screening and diagnosis of gestational diabetes during COVID-19 restrictions, as developed by Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH), may result in new Australian guidelines. A formal evaluation of the changes, which could see around 19 out of 20 women avoiding an oral glucose tolerance test by having a one-off fasting blood test instead, is being funded by the RBWH Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund. About 15 per cent of pregnant Australians are diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), usually between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy. Because of this, more than 300,000 oral glucose tests ...

A Leader in the Care of Sick Babies

Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) has a reputation for being a leader in the care of premature and sick babies.   Around 1600 premature and sick babies are admitted every year to the Hospital's Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit (GSNU) for specialist care and management.   Any baby born less than 37 week's gestation, or which requires diagnosis and care for surgical, genetic or breathing problems, will be cared for by this incredible team. Care ranges from very simple and delicate procedures to the most stringent infection control and vigilant monitoring of tiny organs.  These tiny fighters are given greater odds than ever, ...

$1M donation to boost RBWH burns research

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation has received a $1-million donation from miner Anglo American for burns and trauma care. The donation is the largest corporate philanthropic gift the Foundation has ever received and will be invested into RBWH Foundation Research Fellowships and innovative research projects at the Herston Biofabrication Institute and Queensland Skin Culture Centre. Burns patient psychological recovery would also be supported through the donation. RBWH Foundation CEO, Simone Garske said, “RBWH is renowned as being a world-leading hospital in burns treatments with one of the lowest mortality rates for ...

What exactly is Convalescent plasma?

Written by Associate Professor Zoe McQuilten, Monash University On 23 August, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorisation (EUA) for convalescent plasma collected from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 (COVID-19 convalescent plasma). This has generated much interest in convalescent plasma as a therapy for COVID-19. Convalescent plasma is a treatment arm in ASCOT. Participants are randomised (like the flip of a coin) to either receiving convalescent plasma or the usual best standard of care without convalescent plasma. What is convalescent plasma? Most people who recover from COVID-19 develop ...

Funding needed for non-invasive treatment for prostate cancer

RBWH Foundation has launched a major fundraising campaign for ground-breaking Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital research into immunotherapy for prostate cancer. The ‘Donate for Prostate’ campaign coincides with September’s International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Father’s Day on September 6. “It’s a tragic statistic that more men die of prostate cancer, than women die from breast cancer,” said RBWH Foundation CEO Simone Garske. “Government funding is not available for this research so it is vital we do everything we can to protect our fathers, husbands, brothers and friends.” Prostate Cancer by the numbers...

New COVID 19 Clinical Research Projects Now Underway

The first round of Special COVID-19 Research Grants, funded by the RBWH Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund, have been awarded. The Special COVID-19 grants will fund a variety of important COVID-19 research projects. Some of the projects will analyse unprecedented changes in the way the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) delivers healthcare as a result of the pandemic. The research has the potential to benefit other hospitals in Australia and around the world and could lead to improved COVID 19 treatment protocols and new insights into the impacts of the disease. “These grants will enable our world-class researchers and clinicians to ...

Innovative therapy added to ASCOT Clinical Trials

A century-old therapy, convalescent plasma, will be tested against COVID-19 after it was approved for inclusion in the AustralaSian COVID-19 Trial (ASCOT), one of the projects supported by the Royal Brisbane and Women’s (RBWH) Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund. “Convalescent plasma is made from the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients and has the potential to prevent hospitalised patients deteriorating to the point of needing a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit,” said RBWH Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, Professor David Paterson. RBWH Foundation has pledged to support the program, which is being partnered by the University ...

You can double our chances of beating COVID-19

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 by the Drakes. Every dollar can and will make a difference, thanks to Keith, ...

Search begins for Patient Friendly Initiatives

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 foyer Criteria for funding for Patient Friendly Initiatives: • Would not ...