Research can take years of commitment and dedication, and RBWH Foundation is proud to foster an environment that has enabled first-time grant recipients to become leaders in their areas of expertise.
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Research Services is committed to working with RBWH clinician researchers to continue to grow research capacity and capability through making research processes easier and improving access to resources to conduct research. The RBWH Research Council is made up of key Service Line and individual researchers who provide advice on improving research.
Positioned within Research Services are:
Human Research Ethics Committee and Research Governance
RBWH and RBWH Foundation Research Advisory Committee
Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education
Herston Imaging Research Facility
Jamieson Trauma Institute
Assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families with their journey to, during and after hospital.
Helps patients to manage a healthy diet by establishing an eating plan that matches their health care needs.
Helps patients get back to daily living by restoring their normal functions and participation in meaningful activities.
Assists patients who have difficulty moving as a result of injury, disease or life changes to improve their physical movement and prevent further problems.
Offers clinical psychology services tailored to patients and their families. They assess, diagnose and treat psychological, emotional and behavioural disorders to help improve wellbeing, engagement with treatment and pain management.
Provides patients, who have been injured or require artificial limbs, with external supports, bracing and/or prostheses (artificial limbs) to help them restore movement, improve mobility, and reach their highest level of function. Also assists with modifications to wheelchairs and mobility devices, for patients with disabilities, to meet their specific needs and improve comfort and posture to achieve a better quality of life.
Helps patients and their families identify and resolve personal, social and/or emotional psychological issues that impact on their health.
Speech Pathology assesses, treats and provide a variety of specialised services for patients with communication problems and swallowing difficulties. Audiology provides services to patients with hearing issues including hearing loss, dizziness/vertigo, tinnitus and other ear-related conditions.
In addition to clinical Haematology treatment, provides::
Autologous stem cell transplants
Allogeneicstem cell and bone marrow transplants (related and unrelated)
Clinical trials (in-house and pharmaceutical sponsored) for Haematology and BMT patients
The Cancer Nursing Professorial Precinct is a strategic collaboration between RBWH and Queensland University of Technology. The Precinct embeds nursing-led research and innovation into day-to-day clinical practice.
Provide clinical services to patients at RBWH and outreach services to The Prince Charles Hospital, other hospitals within the Metro North Health Service, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Rockhampton. Also acts as the major tertiary referral centre for Central Queensland and other Health Services.
Includes radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, medical physicists and nursing. Provides patient care in a multidisciplinary team environment, working closely with other oncology specialties including allied health, pathologist, radiologist and surgeons.
Provides multidisciplinary care for those with Haemophilia, von Willebrand’s disorder and other inherited bleeding disorders.
Provides emergency medical services and urgent specialised care 24/7 to adult patients with a serious illness or injury.
Sees individuals with a known or suspected genetic condition or a family history of a known genetic condition.
Provides a state-wide service to treat people with decompression illness, chronic wounds, radiation injuries and serious soft tissue infections through oxygen therapy inside a state-of-the-art clinical hyperbaric chamber. Is one of only two publicly funded hyperbaric units in Queensland with one of the largest hyperbaric chambers in the southern hemisphere.
Provides critical care for patients who are seriously ill or who have life threatening injuries and need specialist intensive care services.
Provides an assessment, management, and education service for people with chronic pain and cancer pain.
Assesses and treat people who have acute and chronic complex wounds that are not healing including:
lower limb ulcers
slow to heal wounds
Provides treatment and care, including non-invasive and invasive diagnostic and therapeutic services, for people with heart problems. Includes Coronary Care Unit and Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory.
Helps care for and treat patients with immunological conditions including immunodeficiencies, autoimmune disease and vasculitis as well as allergic conditions such as urticaria (hives), rhinitis (hay fever) and drug, food, or stinging insect allergies.
Provides specialist consultation, diagnostic, treatment and management services for people with skin diseases including acne, skin tumours, inflammation, infection and dermatoses (psoriasis/eczema).
Helps care and treat people with disorders of the hormone secreting glands of the body, including people with diabetes.
Provides medical management and treatment for people with gastrointestinal (gut) and liver conditions including Crohn’s Disease, Cirrhosis, disorders of the pancreas and bile duct and irritable bowel syndrome.
Cares for people with a range of infectious diseases with a focus on complex infectious diseases including malaria and other travel-related infections, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, Meningococcal disease and meningitis. Includes infection monitoring and prevention services.
Provides treatment and complex care 24/7 for a wide range of general medical conditions with specialisation in geriatric and rehabilitation medicine. Includes the Hospital to Home Heart Support Service.
Treats and cares for people with general and rare neurology disorders and nervous system conditions including epilepsy, motor neurone disease, stroke, and movement disorders. Includes the Stroke Ward and the only Huntington’s Disease and Friedreich’s Ataxia services in Queensland.
Helps diagnose or treat a variety of diseases and conditions using very small amounts of radioactive material (radiopharmaceuticals) and provide unique imaging information, which cannot be obtained by using other imaging procedures, to identify disease in its earliest stages.
Improves the quality of life for patients with a non-curable or life-limiting illness by reducing suffering through early identification, assessment and treatment of pain and physical symptoms; and providing support to ensure all psychological, spiritual, social and cultural needs are met.
Provides safe and effective medication to inpatients, outpatients and day admitted patients at facilities located across the hospital as well as select off-site locations.
Helps ensure the safe, effective and cost-effective use of medication for patients during a hospital stay and work to develop a better understanding of drug therapies and patient reactions through consultation, drug monitoring, prescription reviews and education services. One of only two Clinical Pharmacology Services in Queensland.
Provides comprehensive kidney care, assessment, management of kidney disease and delivery of therapies including acute kidney care, dialysis and kidney transplantation.
Helps care for patients with disorders affecting their joints, muscles, bones and ligaments and provide a range of diagnostic and treatment services to people suffering severe and chronic musculoskeletal disease such as arthritis.
A confidential appointment-based clinical service providing testing and treatment for sexually transmissible infections (STIs). The service also provides HIV post exposure prophylaxis (PEP), management and care of HIV and has an onsite specialist pharmacy.
Provides a range of investigative and therapeutic services for the management of acute, chronic, rare and common respiratory and sleep disorders such as lung disease, asthma, sleep apnoea, pulmonary hypertension or embolism and respiratory infection. Includes the Sleep Laboratory, Bronchoscopy Suite and Pulmonary Function Laboratory.
Provides a specialist diagnostic imaging and radiology service, supporting the care and treatment of patients. As the largest Medical Imaging department in Queensland, it performs more than 145,000 procedures each year.
The role of the Quality, Innovation, Patient Safety and Support Services, which is part of Medical Services, is to lead the patient safety, quality and clinical improvement agendas for the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Cares for young people aged 14-18 years old who live in South East Queensland experiencing eating disorders, anxiety, depression or psychotic thoughts to help them learn about their mental health and ways to reduce or cope with symptoms.
Provides inpatient withdrawal or stabilisation support for people with alcohol and other drug dependency through a medication regime, supportive counselling and group programme.
Provides assessment, management and support for people who have a mental illness over the age of 65 years in the RBWH suburb catchment to help them understand their illness and find ways to reduce or cope with symptoms.
Provides assessment, care and treatment for people and their families affected by eating disorders as well as advice, support, training and education for health professionals.
Nursing and Midwifery research continues to have a strong focus on improving patient outcomes by producing best evidence to support healthcare delivery.
Nurse-led research projects conducted at the RBWH and in partnership with our collaborating institutions continue to shape evidence-based practice both nationally and internationally.
Assists with pain management of postoperative, trauma and medical patients to ensure comfort and to aid recovery through a 24/7 service, which includes pre-anaesthetic assessment; anaesthesia inside and outside the operating theatre; acute postoperative pain management; and labour epidurals.
Provides a 24/7 burns referral service and information for all burns injury matters. Major referral centre for Queensland, Northern New South Wales, Northern Territory and the Pacific Islands.
Provides a comprehensive service which includes head, neck and skull base cancer treatment, ear surgery, cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing aids, nasal and sinus surgery, tonsillectomy and management of disorders of the salivary glands, voice and swallowing. Provide treatment for head and neck cancer to Brisbane, north western Queensland, eastern Northern Territory, northern New South Wales, the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea.
Provides surgical procedures and clinics for elective and emergency general surgery patients who require breast and endocrine; hepatobiliary and pancreatic; colorectal; upper gastrointestinal and thoracic; or emergency surgery.
Provides comprehensive neurosurgical services for elective and emergency patients with neurological, spinal and peripheral nerve conditions or disorders including aneurysms and other cerebrovascular conditions, brain tumours, epilepsy and chiari malformation.
Provides general and emergency eye and vision care including specialised surgery and diagnostic procedures to treat a variety of conditions including cataract, glaucoma, retinal problems and macular degeneration.
Provides surgical treatment and care for people with complex facial, mouth and teeth injuries, deformities and disorders using advanced technology such as computerised surgical planning and 3D printing.
Provides a full range of elective, general, specialty, trauma and complex surgery for adults with bone and joint issues including hip and knee; foot and ankle; shoulder; hand, wrist and nerve; spine; rheumatoid arthritis; sports injuries; and musculoskeletal disorders. Supported by a 24/7 emergency service.
Provides emergency and elective reconstructive surgery to repair or restore parts of the body.
Provides a major trauma service caring for injured patients from across Queensland who have multiple injuries, isolated injuries with high impact mechanism and/or chest trauma and injury.
Provides specialist assessment and surgical services to patients with disorders of the urinary tract and male reproductive system including bladder dysfunction or obstruction, prostate cancer, stone disease (kidney or bladder) and urethral strictures.
Provides specialised diagnostic procedures, surgical services and outpatient consultation for people who have problems with their veins and arteries including vascular and intravascular ultrasound, angiography, varicose veins, open venous surgery and haemodialysis.
Provides personalised care, advanced monitoring and treatment for general and complex breast health conditions including breast cancer, acute mastitis or abscess, benign breast problems, gynaecomastia and suspicious breast imaging, biopsy or conditions.
Provides high quality gynaecological services to detect, diagnose, treat and manage female reproductive system and women’s health conditions including early pregnancy, dysplasia, urogynaecology, adolescent gynaecology and fertility.
Provides a range of comprehensive testing, consultation, planning, management, treatment and support services for women with complex cancers of the female reproductive system including ovaries and fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina, cervix, vulva as well as gestational trophoblastic disease.
Improves the health and wellbeing of women and their unborn babies experiencing high-risk pregnancy complications through a specialised diagnostic, treatment and management service including ultrasound scans and screening, early pregnancy assessment, counselling, fetal MRIservices and care for mothers with significant medical problems.
Cares for babies who are born prematurely (less than 37 weeks gestation) or require diagnosis and care of surgical, genetic or breathing problems.
Provides premature and sick newborns from the hospital, or who have been transferred from other hospitals across regional Queensland and northern New South Wales, with access to advanced technology and the highest level of neonatal critical care within the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) or Special Care Nursery (SCN).