Inaugural Queensland research day showcases innovative children’s health studies

11 December 2015

Child health researchers from medicine, nursing and allied health professions gathered on Friday 11 December at the Queensland Children’s Hospital to share their research into a wide range of paediatric medical conditions and broader issues affecting children and young people.

Children’s Health Queensland’s (CHQ) inaugural Research Day featured the work of paediatric researchers from CHQ and its university partners, with 25 studies selected for presentation and another 90 for display as posters.

CHQ Chief Executive Fionnagh Dougan said the event was a unique opportunity to showcase the work of researchers who often do not receive enough recognition for their vital work.

“Clinical research is vital to improving child health outcomes and we are proud of our world-class clinicians and researchers who are at the forefront of their fields,” Ms Dougan said.

“As health needs change over time, researchers and clinicians are becoming increasingly collaborative and more creative – thinking outside of the box – to develop treatments which are saving lives.”

CHQ research Day organiser Dr Peng Tjun Choy said the day was a great success and thanked all those who contributed.

“CHQ Research Day was months in planning. I am very grateful to the selection panel members, all the researchers who submitted and participated, session chairs and event support staff,” Dr Choy said.

“Research is a long and at times arduous journey. It is about problem solving, persistence, perseverance, process, people and passion.

“The inaugural CHQ Research Day was a testament to these values which we see in our clinicians and researchers every day,” Dr Choy said.

Griffith University Research Assistant and PhD candidate Amanda Ullman and CHQ Nurse Practitioner Tricia Kleidon were among those whose work into preventing the failure of, and complications associated with, Central Venous Access Devices (CVAD) was featured at the research showcase.

CVADs are often a necessity for patients in acute, critical and continuing care situations, but one in four stop working before treatment is complete.

The collaborative research project to explore innovative ways to extend the life of CVADs last month secured $1.1 million in National Health and Medical Research Council funding.

Their research will begin in early 2016 and study the effects of a medication-impregnated disc and a strong dressing to reduce the risk of CVAD infection and dislodgement.

The study has the potential to markedly change the experience for patients, such as 10-month Zander Da Pra, who received a new CVAD in December at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. Zander requires supplemental nutrition through a CVAD and has required several so far in his short life.


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