Children’s burns unit honours pioneering surgeons

29 September 2017

Queensland’s leading children’s burn unit has been officially named the Pegg Leditschke Children’s Burns Centre in honour of pioneering Brisbane burns surgeons Professor Stuart Pegg and Associate Professor Fred Leditschke.

The two retired surgeons, who have a combined 86 years’ experience between them, attended an official naming ceremony of the centre in the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) today.

The naming honour acknowledges the enduring contribution the surgeons have made to paediatric medicine and their respective work in developing burns procedures, which has received worldwide recognition.

Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Fionnagh Dougan said while both surgeons had retired, their legacy and hard work ensured Queensland’s children receive world-leading care at the QCH.

“Professor Pegg and Associate Professor Leditschke continue to be prominent figures in the burns community which reflects their dedication and passion to the prevention and treatment of burns,” Ms Dougan said.

“We are immensely proud of their achievements and advances in paediatric burns medicine and the impact this has had on the ability of the team to lead research.”

Both Professor Pegg and Associate Professor Leditschke have received Order of Australia medals honouring their significant contribution to improving the outcomes for burns patients.

The Pegg Leditschke Children’s Burns Centre is dedicated to providing family-centred care to children who sustain a burn injury. Both Professor Pegg and Associate Professor Leditschke pioneered a multidisciplinary team approach to caring for children with burn injuries. The model continues to this day, allowing QCH children to receive the ‘gold standard’ in burns care.

In 2016, the centre treated more than 1100 children with burn injuries, a 10 per cent increase on the previous year. The most common children’s burn injuries were scalds from hot drinks and beverages.

QCH Director of Burns and Trauma, Professor Roy Kimble, paid tribute to the surgeons.

“The Pegg Leditschke Children’s Burns Centre, and its vital life-saving paediatric burns treatment, would not have been possible without the dedication and leadership of these two prominent burns surgeons,” Professor Kimble said.

“We are incredibly honoured to be carrying on their legacy and through new research developing improved treatments for burns injuries to help patients to heal faster and get home sooner with their families.”

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