Research and education at Children’s Health Queensland is vital in ensuring the best possible health outcomes for children and young people are met now and in the future.
Each year Children’s Health Queensland provides approximately 40,000 episodes of care, including care in many specialist areas. Many of these have active multidisciplinary research programmes.
At Children’s Health Queensland we are training the next generation of paediatric clinicians and health care specialists.
Through grants, partnerships, government funding and the Children’s Hospital Foundation we are able to invest in research to help find the answers to a range of child and adolescent health issues.
New technique a breath of fresh air for kids in emergency
Dr Andreas Schibler, an intensive care specialist at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, is attracting international interest in a study he is leading into emergency intubations in children. In a pilot study, Dr Schibler and his team have found that using ‘High Flow Nasal Cannula’ therapy has the potential to become a ‘game changer’ in emergency paediatric medicine.
Research proves less silver is best for burns
The Burns Research Service at Children’s Health Queensland is undertaking several clinical trials including investigating the use of silver dressings to help heal burns. The team has proven that using less silver is best to heal children suffering burns. Recovery is faster with less pain, and they are seeing a reduction in scaring and skin grafting needed as children grow.
Improving the lives of children with cerebral palsy
Each year around 700 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy with pre-term babies more at risk. Professor Roslyn Boyd of the Queensland Paediatric Rehabiltiation Service at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is one of Australia’s foremost authorities on cerebral palsy. Professor Boyd is implementing a program to track brain development in young children so treatment can be more targeted resulting in improved health outcomes.
Annual research symposium a great success
More than 100 registrants attended the annual Children’s Health Queensland Research Symposium at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in November. The theme was ‘Innovate, Collaborate, Translate’ and showcased exciting paediatric research by Children’s Health Queensland, University of Queensland and QUT researchers. Special guests included Professor David Kavanagh and Nicole Robinson from QUT who presented ‘Digital Mental Health’ featuring robots.