A Preview of Hospital of the Future

Tuesday 11 May 2021 There is nothing Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation takes pride in more, than showcasing the innovation, excellence and patient care that occurs at RBWH every day. Established as the leading philanthropic funding partner of RBWH, the Foundation’s role is to bring together Government, philanthropic partners and community in support of cutting edge medical and clinician-led research, latest equipment and technologies, and evidence-based patient care programs. We were honoured to host Queensland members of Women Chiefs of Enterprises Interna...

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Lest We Forget our Medical ANZACS

Friday 23 April 2021 Lest We Forget This year on ANZAC Day, when the strains of the Last Post echo throughout Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH), the memories stirred will be deep and personal for patients as well as staff. “RBWH has probably deployed more reservists from within its staff ranks than any other hospital in Australia,” said Associate Professor Cliff Pollard AM, Former Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) Board Member and avid RBWH historian. RBWH staff members and patients have been invited to line the Butterfield Street entrance to the hospital ...

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Twelve-month anniversary of COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday 4 March 2021 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 ...

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Clinician feedback needed for RBWH gestational diabetes research

Tuesday 16 February 2021 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 ...

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A Leader in the Care of Sick Babies

Monday 14 December 2020 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 ...

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$1M donation to boost RBWH burns research

Tuesday 8 December 2020 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-l...

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What exactly is Convalescent plasma?

Monday 21 September 2020 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. W...

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Funding needed for non-invasive treatment for prostate cancer

Thursday 3 September 2020 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 ...

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New COVID 19 Clinical Research Projects Now Underway

Monday 17 August 2020 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 ...

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Innovative therapy added to ASCOT Clinical Trials

Tuesday 4 August 2020 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 ...

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