Queensland Children’s Hospital cares for more than 250,000 kids in first five years

29 November 2019 

The Queensland Children’s Hospital has today celebrated five years of caring for Queensland’s sickest and most critically injured children.

More than 251,000 children have been treated at the hospital since it opened in South Brisbane on 29 November 2014, and there have been more than 344,000 presentations to its emergency department.

The hospital’s busy specialist outpatient teams have also provided more than one million appointments.

Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Frank Tracey marked the fifth birthday milestone by thanking the 3500 staff members who work tirelessly to provide safe, high-quality and family-centred paediatric care for children, young people and their families.

“I am incredibly proud of our dedicated teams at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and Children’s Health Queensland for all they have achieved in the past five years,” said Mr Tracey.

“Families have also played a central role in our success by working in partnership with us to ensure the care we provide is always integrated, coordinated and focused on the needs of children and young people.”

In the past five years, the Queensland Children’s Hospital has:

  • admitted more than 198,000 inpatients
  • performed more than 25,700 emergency surgeries
  • performed more than 65,400 elective surgeries
  • served almost 5 million patient meals, and
  • provided more 15,000 telehealth consultations.

Mr Tracey said staff had also worked hard to establish the Queensland Children’s Hospital as the hub of a statewide network of paediatric care, to ensure every child, regardless of where they live, could access the best possible care as close to their home as possible.

Key achievements since 2014 have included:

  • Becoming the first paediatric hospital in Australasia to be awarded Level 1 Major Trauma Service status by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
  • Launching the statewide Queensland Specialist Immunisation Service which provides vaccination advice and support for children with complex medical conditions.
  • Establishing Queensland’s first public statewide gender service for children and young people experiencing gender dysphoria.
  • Launching the CHQ at Home service, which delivers a range of care services, including mechanical ventilation, tracheostomy care and palliative care, in the comfort of a child’s home.
  • Establishing Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Service teams across Queensland to support young people experiencing mental health issues.
  • Being designated as an ECHO SuperHub status by the University of New Mexico, making QCH the first ECHO® SuperHub in the South Pacific region. The ECHO model of teaching and knowledge sharing ensures that the specialist paediatric expertise based in the QCH is available to frontline health professionals in rural and remote areas across the state.
  • Establishing a full-time Arts in Health program to help enhance the therapeutic and healing environment in the hospital through art – the first public hospital in Queensland to do so.
  • Opening the Centre for Children’s Health Research in partnership with The University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. It is the state’s first fully integrated research facility focused on child and adolescent health research.

“Everyone at Children’s Health Queensland has done an extraordinary job in developing a high-quality, responsive and innovative healthcare service and should be immensely proud of what they have created for Queensland children, young people and their families,” Mr Tracey said.


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Since November 2014, the QCH has:

  • treated more than 344,000 emergency presentations
  • performed more than 25,700 emergency surgeries
  • performed more than 65,400 elective surgeries
  • delivered more than 15,141 telehealth consultations
  • performed more than 227,000 X-rays
  • performed 36 liver transplants
  • performed 35 kidney transplants
  • performed 174 cochlear implant surgeries
  • performed 546 cleft lip surgeries
  • performed 2,427 cardiac procedures
  • taken more than 9 million blood tests, and
  • served almost 5 million patient meals.

About the Queensland Children’s Hospital

The Queensland Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane is the major specialist paediatric hospital for Queensland and northern New South Wales, and a centre for teaching and research. It provides general paediatric health services to children and young people in the greater Brisbane metropolitan area, as well as tertiary-level care for the state’s sickest and most seriously injured children.

The hospital also delivers statewide paediatric speciality services, including burns, rehabilitation, cardiology and cardiac surgery, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, gastroenterology, oncology, neurology and haemophilia care.

For more, see www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/qch/