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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 ...

Penthouse Auction for COVID-19

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 research projects. When he learned about the need for funding, he decided to donate ...

ASCOT Clinical Drug Trials Open for Patient Enrolments

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 expected number of patients available for trial participation, but this may change ...

RBWH Foundation Funds LifeSaving Premature Baby Technology

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 ‘Premature Anne’ are an essential part of providing medical staff with ...

RBWH Nurses reflect on a Lifetime of Service

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 nursing uniform. Butterfly caps were reportedly called so because they were tied ...