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Research Snapshot 2022

Foreword from the Executive Director, Research

Last year was an exciting year for research at Metro North Health. The 2022 Research Snapshot Report highlights some of the many hundreds of research projects undertaken across Metro North’s facilities throughout the year.  The innovative and effective research you will read about in this report is not only improving patient outcomes and experiences, but also cementing our place on the world map as healthcare research leaders.

Professor Dan Chambers
Executive Director, Research
Metro North Health

Message from the Board Chair and Chief Executive

The 2022 Metro North Health Research Snapshot Report represents our health service’s continued investment in research and recognises the vital roles that researchers, and those who support and enable research, play in advancing healthcare and improving health outcomes for our patients and community.

It highlights Metro North’s position to maintain and build our research excellence, increase innovation and translation of our research outcomes, and address emerging research challenges.


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Clinician Research Fellows awarded
$4.3 million in grants
Journal Articles
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$7.3 million
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new HREC approvals
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*SSA refers to the site-specific-assessment (SSA) application submitted to a Research Governance Officer for review
*HREC refers to a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)

Making research possible

Metro North Health’s high standard of research would not be possible without the support of the Metro North Research Coordinator Grants, Collaborative Research Grants, the RBWH Foundation and The Common Good.

Showcasing the future of research

The 2022 annual Metro North Research Excellence Awards attracted 71 phenomenal submissions that showcased the diverse and far-reaching research projects conducted by individual researchers and teams from across Metro North Health.

Research is vital in driving change in clinical practice to improve patient outcomes, and Metro North Health researchers are conducting ground-breaking research every day.

RBWH welcomes new interns

Ninety five new junior doctors will commence careers as interns at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital on Monday 12 January.

Ross River on the rise

So far this year, more than 380 Queenslanders have contracted the mosquito-borne virus Ross River Virus (RRV) compared to 120 cases reported in the same period last year.

Community Engagement Forum at Caboolture

Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) held its first engagement session with its community and healthcare partners to support the implementation of the recently launched Health Service Strategy 2015-20.

FAST action is helping save lives

Ultrasound technology is helping save lives by enabling paramedics to quickly detect and diagnose internal injuries in patients before arriving at hospital.

Hundreds mark transplant service milestone

Hundreds of patients and staff celebrated more than 25 years of the Bone Marrow Transplant Service at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) on the weekend.

Artwork gives patients a creative outlet at RBWH

The Hospital, Alcohol and Drugs Service (HADS) at The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) is giving patients a creative outlet during their detox program by providing them with painting materials and canvases during their stay.

WWI health workers commemorated on film

The proud history of Queensland’s doctors, nurses and support staff who served during the First World War is the subject of a unique documentary ’Bandages and Battlefields’, launched today at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Do you dare?

Today staff at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital were asked if they dared to go bare.

Get moving for heart week

Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) is getting behind the Heart Foundation’s push for people to get active for the sake of their heart's health.

LINK Innovation funding now open

Metro North Hospital and Health Service is seeking innovative ideas on a collaborative approach with community partners to drive improvements in health service delivery.

New midwifery care model a first in Brisbane

A new model of care at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) is providing women continuity of care throughout their entire pregnancy and birth journey, with their personal midwife.

Queens Birthday Honor Recipients

Four doctors who have helped shape and deliver expert medical and dental services across Metro North Hospital and Health Service have been awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

NAIDOC Week 2015

Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ connection to the land and sea during national NAIDOC Week next month.

Ward 4East opens

A medical ward at Redcliffe Hospital has been reopened following a $5 million refurbishment.

Healing garden opened

A Healing Garden designed to provide a quiet space for staff and visitors has been opened at Redcliffe Hospital as part of the hospital’s 50 anniversary celebrations.

QuaRRIES recognise excellence in services

The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital QuARRIES Awards held on 14 July highlighted some of the remarkable quality initiatives and excellence in service improvement by staff.

Measles alert on Brisbane’s north side

Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) is asking residents to watch for symptoms of measles infection after the highly infectious illness was confirmed in a student from Taringa who has recently returned from overseas.

Prevent hepatitis. Act now.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, with serious health consequences. There are more than two billion people throughout the world with hepatitis making it a global health priority.

Life long bonds

Reflectively wading through a photo album of the many patients she has helped, Jo Maddicks-Law is reassured of the difference she has made to the lives of others.

Are your immunisations up to date?

It’s not just a baby thing. Even if you were immunised as a child, you may need booster doses to maintain immunity from certain diseases such as whooping cough.

Health Alert – Measles

Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) has been notified of another diagnosed case of measles with possible contacts around the University of Queensland (UQ) St Lucia campus and elsewhere in Brisbane.

Photographic treasure

Mums, bubs and visitors to Caboolture Hospital’s maternity ward and birthing suite will be in for a delightful surprise with a large collection of treasured, canvas-printed photos gracing the walls and waiting areas.

Gold Award for QFTAC

Metro North’s Queensland Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (QFTAC) won a Gold Award for Fostering Innovation at the 2015 Queensland Police Service (QPS) Awards for Excellence.

Redcliffe staff member appointed Adjunct Associate Professor

Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Director of the Emergency Department at Redcliffe Hospital Dr Doug Morel (left) has been honoured by being appointed Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology.

Eight case of measles at UQ

Metro North Public Health Unit (MNPHU) confirmed today that an eighth case of measles has been linked to the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus.

Additional measles cases

Two additional cases of measles have been identified in Brisbane, bringing to 10 the total number of cases reported since mid-July.

$6m funding for dementia research

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) researchers will lead a major new collaborative study into the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

5,000 complete cultural awareness training

The Metro North Hospital and Health Service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit (A&TSIHU) is celebrating a major milestone this month with 5,000 participants completing their online Cultural Practice eLearning Program since its launch two years ago.

Make time this October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a timely reminder for eligible women to take advantage of the free BreastScreen Queensland Program.

Good Quick Tukka

If we are what we eat, National Nutrition Week from 11-17 October is a good time to prove it.

Creative skills set to WOW

The creative skills of mental health consumers will be showcased in the 12th annual Windows to Our World (WOW) art exhibition, which opens at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) on 9 October.

Projects drive healthcare innovation

A total of 21 projects driving innovation and collaboration in integrated and connected care will receive a share of $2 million in funding through Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

Expert care helps fulfil a family dream

When Karen-Kay experienced increased bleeding during her pregnancy, her worst fears were realised. But the dream she and her husband had of adding to their family were eventually realised through the care of medical teams at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

A pharmacy at the bedside

Pharmacists at Redcliffe Hospital are helping patients of all ages progress through their hospital journey quickly and seamlessly as more and more pharmacy work is performed on the wards.

Stroke rehab goes high tech

Brighton Health Campus is fast becoming a national centre for stroke recovery with the addition of new rehabilitation technology.

TPCH Annual Health Discoveries Forum

A huge thankyou to everyone who attended the 7th Annual TPCH Health Discoveries Forum last Thursday and Friday. The week ended with a presentation of awards to the best papers and presentations from the two-day event. Congratulations to the following researchers for being awarded for your hard work.

More premmie babies treated faster with new retrieval service

More of Queensland’s tiniest patients have been given a helping hand to access lifesaving treatment thanks to a centrally-coordinated neonatal retrieval service, officially launched at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital on Tuesday, 17 November - World Prematurity Day.

Advancing pharmacy practice

The increasing importance of the pharmacists’ role in patient care has been recognised with three Metro North Hospital and Health Service pharmacists among the first in Australia to be receive Advanced Practice Pharmacists credentialing.

Scanning centre to transform disease research and treatment

The diagnosis and treatment of cancers, mental health disorders and conditions such as dementia is set to reach new heights in Brisbane with the launch of a $24 million facility that combines state-of-the-art equipment with world-class research and clinical expertise.

SMS reminder service makes an impact

For the first time, the monthly fail to attend rates for new gastroenterology outpatient appointments at Caboolture Hospital was zero in November 2015, thanks to a new SMS and an automated telephone confirmation service.

Don’t meet us by accident this Christmas

Brisbane’s busiest Emergency Department is urging all Queenslanders to take care this Christmas as hospital staff prepare for an influx of patients during the summer break.

Metro North researchers drive innovation

Two Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) next generation researchers will investigate screening processes and improved treatments for kidney disease with grants awarded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Vital heart research receives funding boost

The Prince Charles Hospital’s (TPCH) Critical Care Research Group (CCRG) and Heart Lung Institute (HLI) will forge ahead with vital cardiac research following the receipt of two prestigious national grants awarded by the National Heart Foundation late last month.

Researcher selected to mentor young doctors

RBWH Research Director Cancer Care, Professor Geoff Hill has been selected as one of four highly experienced Senior Clinical Research Fellows in Queensland Health to mentor young doctors.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

For most people, the Christmas –New Year period is a time for get-togethers with family and friends, celebrations and good times. But for others, the festive season isn’t all it is cracked up to be.

Nursing Graduates welcomed

The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital has welcomed its first graduate nursing and midwifery intake for 2016.

Research Support Network formed

A Research Support Network has been established to support emergency medicine clinicians and staff in Metro North, Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services.

Miracle twins amaze doctors

There isn't much that our great doctors at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital haven't seen, but one particular Mum amazed them.

Healthy Weight Week

As our dedicated team of dieticians at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital wrapped up a busy healthy weight week, they took some time out to talk to Channel 7 News about why a healthy weight and waist can keep you happy and living longer.

Leap year baby, one in 1400

Neonatal nurse Colette and new born baby Markus share something in common, they’re both born on February 29.

60 Seconds with Professor Scott Bell

Professor Scott Bell has recently taken up his new role of Executive Director Research for Metro North. Scott is also Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre at The Prince Charles Hospital and has strong links with QIMR Berghofer Medical research Institute and the University of Queensland.

Lifting the Lip to halt tooth decay

More than half of Queensland children aged between five and 15 suffer from tooth decay, but a new program launched today aims to give young Queenslanders a healthier start.

Closing the Gap in Indigenous maternity care

Ngarrama antenatal and birthing program is achieving outstanding results in Closing the Gap on birth weight and antenatal attendance rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums and their babies.

Australian first research helping mums

How much weight should you put on during pregnancy? Our dieticians at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital led an Australian wide study and here are the results.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helping cancer patients

Did you know the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital has one of the busiest hyperbaric chambers in the country? Every day our dedicated doctors and nurses treat patients suffering from a range of illnesses and the results are remarkable.

Get the pressure down

Getting the best outcome for some of our most vulnerable patients is the driving force behind some contemporary research being carried out in the Redcliffe Hospital Intensive Care Unit.

CaPS off to Caboolture

CaPS’ off to the 1000th staff member to complete the very popular Communications and Patient Safety (CaPS) training program at Caboolture and Kilcoy Hospitals, and Woodford Correctional Centre

Caboolture Health Care Alliance

Local kids with learning disabilities are being given an extra helping hand thanks to the launch of a new Caboolture Health Care Alliance which will see the hospital, GP Super Clinic and local organisations working together.

Coming face to face with trauma

The trauma team at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital don't just stop at saving lives. They also manage the time to teach teens throughout Queensland about how precious life really is.

Sorting fact from fiction

RBWH dietitian Hilary Jimmieson joined Queensland Health’s Straight Answers Campaign to sort fact from fiction on healthy living.

Dr Dines takes on bowel cancer

Executive Director of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Dr Amanda Dines opens up for the first time to Nine News on her struggle with bowel cancer and her heart felt message to every woman.

Junior Research Fellowships open

Health and Medical Research Unit, Department of Health Queensland, is pleased to announce that Junior Doctor Research Fellowships are now open to Queensland junior doctors to build their research skills.

Kidney Health Services expand telehealth to Kilcoy

Metro North HHS Kidney Health Service will hold telehealth clinics at North Lakes Health Precinct with patients at Kilcoy Hospital. The new service reduces the time, inconvenience and cost of regular travel to Brisbane for people with chronic kidney disease.

Football match to kick start organ donation

A group of footballers who have been given a second chance at life will come together this Saturday 2 July with people who are in the game of saving lives every day to help raise awareness and support for organ donation.

World first trial saving lives

It's hard not be impressed by our courageous cardiac team at The Prince Charles Hospital. They are trialling world first heart surgery set to revolutionise treatment for thousands of Australians.

Identification: It’s your right to a healthier life

Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) has launched a campaign during NAIDOC Week (3 – 10 July 2016) to highlight the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients identifying when accessing their facilities.

Trauma team saves Jake after freak fall

A routine skydive nearly killed Jake two months ago. Our incredibly talented trauma team at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital saved him. We hope Jake can be back in the air, free and happy soon.

RBWH Cancer Care team in landmark clinical trial

Dr Michelle Nottage and the Cancer Care Service Team at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) are celebrating their involvement in a breakthrough clinical trial that has improved treatment for young women with hormone-sensitive breast cancer.

Expo focuses on healthy ageing

INFORMATION on a diverse range of health, wellbeing, lifestyle and disability services will be showcased at the Healthy Ageing Expo at Brighton Health Campus on Friday, August 19.

Award for innovative mental health-policing model

The outstanding work being done by the Police Communications Centre Mental Health Liaison Service has been recognised with a Silver Award for Customer Focus at the 2016 Queensland Police Service (QPS) Awards for Excellence.

Flowers’ healing power

A wall of flowers is adding a splash of colour and helping lift the mood of residents at Cooinda House.

Tackling debilitating migraines head-on

Those who suffer migraines know the pain only too well, but there are a range of options available through your GP that could deliver far better relief than regular over-the-counter medications.

RBWH doctors recognised at Asia Pacific’s premier healthcare event

Two doctors from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital have won an international award for translating their research into clinical practice, enabling diagnosis of heart attacks faster and providing quicker treatment to patients presenting with chest pain in Queensland Emergency Departments (EDs).

RBWH researcher shines on global stage

At only 33 years old, Dr Kate Markey is blazing a trail for junior researchers. Completing the combined MBBS/PhD at the University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute while also achieving international recognition and funding, Kate credits her research for creating her career opportunities.

No excuse for abuse

We have zero tolerance when it comes to violence in our hospitals and community services. Our staff come to work each day to look after sick patients, not to become patients themselves.

TPCH speech pathologist awarded 3MT champion

A speech pathologist from The Prince Charles Hospital, whose research has revolutionised the practice, has won the prestigious University of Queensland’s Three Minute Thesis (UQ3MT) competition.

Sharing our culture with the world

Metro North Hospital and Health Service Cultural Capability Officer Elwyn Henaway and his dance troupe, The Guruman, will perform in Glasgow next month as part of the National Theatre of Scotland.

Annual Report

The Metro North Hospital and Health Service Annual Report 2015-2016 provides an overview of the health service's financial and non-financial performance and key achievements.

Belle’s a Master of the game

When Belle Davis takes to the field in the Hockey Australia Women’s Masters National Championships this month, she and her Queensland team mates will have one thing one their minds – to wrest back the trophy from New South Wales.

Staff Excellence Awards winners

The Metro North Hospital and Health Service Staff Excellence Awards recognise staff excellence and achievement either individually, in teams, or through partnerships across all facilities, services and streams, and with community partners.

Improving survival for patients with acute leukaemia

Ground-breaking research with the potential to change the lives of leukaemia patients has been boosted with a $1.25million fellowship to leading haematologist Steven Lane of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Tackling occupational violence in our hospitals

Every year, more than 3000 healthcare workers are assaulted on the job in Queensland. Across our health service and hospitals right around the state, a range of measures are being rolled out to tackle occupational violence including body worn cameras.

RBWH announces new partnership

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital recently partnered with Choosing Wisely Australia, an international movement calling on facilities and providers to challenge the way healthcare is delivered, by questioning the use of various tests, treatments and procedures.

Medical glue is the clue to Australian breakthrough

Caboolture Hospital Emergency physician Dr Simon Bugden and his research team have found a new way to make one of the most common medical procedures in the world – placing drips or IV lines – safer, less painful and potentially more cost effective.

Welcome to our new junior doctors

The welcome mat has been rolled for 162 medical interns who commenced their careers as doctors with Metro North Hospital and Health Service this week.

A heart-warming story

For our patient Kelli, having her second baby Eddie was supposed to be the happiest time of her life. Sadly during birth her heart failed and she was now fighting to survive.

Measles case confirmed

Metro North Public Health Unit (MNPHU) has confirmed a case of measles in a male in his 40s from Chermside.

The evolving face of pharmacy

Members of the newly accredited two-year pharmacy resident program at RBWH have hit the ground running, including 22-year-old Danielle Silvestro, who relocated from Townsville to take up the opportunity.

$20m grant funds research to eradicate diseases

RBWH infectious diseases expert Professor James McCarthy and his collaborators – including three research groups from QIMR Berghofer – will receive more than $20 million over the next five years for research into malaria, Group A Streptococcus and parasitic worm infections.

RBWH introduces corneal crosslinking

The future is looking much clearer for Jaimee Reynolds as a result of a treatment now being offered by Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Ophthalmology Department.

Improving hospital care for older patients

Leading researcher and physician Alison Mudge will share research and experience in improving outcomes for hospitalised elders at an international gerontology conference in July in San Francisco.

RANZCP honours Michael Breakspear

The accolades keep coming for Professor Michael Breakspear who has received the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Senior Research Award for his significant contribution to psychiatric research.

Research Strategy launched

Metro North has launched our first comprehensive Research Strategy 2017-2022 to help us better support research.

Busting supplement myths

RBWH Director of Rheumatology Dr Paul Kubler tells 9 News natural supplements are not always the answer when it comes to joint pain.

Miracle patient gets second chance at life

Meet our miracle man Justin! Last year The Prince Charles Hospital transplant team worked their magic and gave Justin a second chance at life thanks to a very special family.

Aged Care Conference

Date: 7-9 August 2019
Venue: Education Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston

Hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health Service this conference is attended by delegates from across Queensland to look at the many topics concerning aged care.

New report reveals truth of trauma impact on Queensland hospitals

A recently released report by Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) researcher Associate Professor Kirsten Vallmuur shows falls from playground equipment is one of the leading causes of injury hospitalisation for children while physical violence was the top cause of injury hospitalisation for young adults.

Opening the Yellow Envelope

Metro North hospitals and residential aged care facilities have joined together to enhance patient information handover and provide better continuity of care.

GEDI makes a difference

Many elderly and frail patients are now benefiting from faster assessments and better care through the great work of the Caboolture Hospital’s ED.

New blue room officially opened

Health Minister Cameron Dick joined our gastroenterology team to officially open a new state of the art theatre at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital which will help specialists see thousands more gastroenterology patients each year.

Auxiliary’s heart in the right place

The Caboolture Hospital Auxiliary has continued its tradition of giving with the donation of close to $170,000 for highly specialised heart monitoring and testing equipment.

Healthy aging expo centre stage at Brighton

Brighton Health Campus was transformed into a healthy ageing knowledge hub recently with a wide range of health experts and almost 600 community members coming together for the second annual Healthy Ageing Expo.

Kidney Supportive Care Symposium

Date: 2 February 2018
Venue: Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston

Kidney Supportive Care Symposium is an opportunity to hear the world’s leading international speakers, new developments in Kidney Research and Supportive Care and showcase a blueprint for improved health services.

Nursing and Midwifery Conference 2018

Date: 4 and 5 July 2021
Venue: Education Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Metro North Hospital and Health Service is once again hosting a two-day Nursing and Midwifery Conference, perfect for nurses and midwives from across Australia and the world, at all stages of your careers, whether you’re already a leader or aspire to be one.

Research result amazes

A national investigator-initiated clinical trial has found a new treatment for uncontrolled asthma.

Review of long stay residential services

Metro North Hospital and Health Service has formed a team of senior health professionals to review the delivery of long stay residential care services across the HHS.

Expediting chest pain assessment safely

Evaluating chest pain and heart attack risk in emergency departments is the subject of two landmark research articles published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Inaugural RBWH Research Ambassador announced

Professor Jeffrey Lipman has been announced as the inaugural Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Research Ambassador, ensuring the RBWH’s legacy as research pioneers continues for many years to come.

Transplant saves school teen

At just 16 years of age, young Brandon had only days to live. Our incredible transplant team at The Prince Charles Hospital were able to give him a second chance at life and he is now thriving!

Keeping pace with the community

Despite an increased demand for healthcare, Australia’s largest public health provider continues to deliver high quality services to keep pace with community needs.

150th RBWH Art Awards

Date: 1 November - 8 December 2017
Venue: Artspace and Atrium, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

The inaugural RBWH Art Awards are a creative opportunity for staff, patients and the wider community to celebrate and commemorate the RBWH’s people and places over the past 150 years.

Research on show at RBWH Healthcare Symposium awards

After three jam-packed days of research, innovation and partnership, the 26th annual RBWH Healthcare Symposium concluded with its awards ceremony on 14 September. The awards highlighted some of the best and brightest minds at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH).

Metro North Chief Executive appointed

The Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, the Hon Cameron Dick MP, has approved the recommendation by the Metro North Hospital and Health Service Board that Mr Shaun Drummond be appointed Chief Executive of MNHHS.

LINK and SEED Innovation Funding Showcase

Projects aimed at improving the social support of vulnerable patients and ensuring patients and families are supported during end of life are among the highlights of this year’s LINK and SEED Innovation Funding Showcase.

Nursing a family affair

An opportunity to work at one of Brisbane’s top hospitals is a dream come true for mother and daughter nursing duo Jo and Pirie Crompton.

Opening doors to good mental health

The importance of looking after our own mental health will be a focus of this year’s Brisbane Mental Health Expo at Reddacliff Place in the City from 2pm-6pm on Friday 13 October.

Celebrating excellence

Excellence, compassion and integrity were the stars of the show at the annual Metro North Staff Excellence Awards last night.

Gynaecology workshop

Date: 4 November 2017
Venue: Skills Development Centre, Caboolture Hospital

The GP Alignment Program is an award-winning series of free workshops hosted by Women's and Children's Stream, Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

GP Gastroenterology and Hepatology workshop

Date: 11 November 2017
Venue: Education Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Join us for an educational day with our panel of Metro North Hospital and Health Service gastroenterology and hepatology experts.

QLD Trauma Symposium

Date: 22 -23 February 2018
Venue: Education Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

The 9th QLD Trauma Symposium is a multidisciplinary conference suited to healthcare professionals from a variety of specialities including Pre-Hospital/Retrieval Medicine, Emergency, Intensive Care, Surgical, Military/Disasters, Nursing, Allied Health and Research.

Keeping minds and bodies active and healthy

The community partnership between the Sandgate & District Mens Shed and CISS is continuing to provide some great dividends for not only the local community, but for staff, patients and our residents.

Continuing the legacy of a legend

More than 200 distinguished guests gathered to honour the legacy of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital’s first neurosurgeon at the annual Jamieson Oration on Thursday evening.

Metro North Soccer Tournament

Date: 12 December 2017
Venue: The Sports Centre, Brisbane Entertainment Centre

This is an opportunity for Metro North staff to form a team, have some fun, and meet some new friends across our Hospital and Health Service.

Lung research receives a boost

Research with the potential to improve health outcomes for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has been boosted with a $666,000 grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Researchers awarded at APAC forum

For many people, chest pain can be a terrifying and debilitating experience. Doctors at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital have developed an innovative diagnostic tool which rapidly treats patients with chest pain, has reduced the panic time, and provides fast lifesaving treatment to those most in need.

Robotic arms spells new hope for patients

A robotic upper limb device never before used in a clinical setting in Australia is making waves at Brighton Health Campus by helping to improve outcomes for stroke patients.

New role fuels CISS reasearch drive

A unique Clinical Evidence Development Officer position will lead the charge towards bolstering knowledge translation within Metro North’s Community, Indigenous and Subacute Services (CISS), as the service turns its focus to improving incorporation of clinical evidence into everyday practice.

Improving antibiotic use for critical care

Born out of the Bali bombings in 2002, the University of Queensland (UQ) Burns, Trauma and Critical Research Centre conducts world-leading research to improve care and treatment outcomes for patients who are critically ill, injured or burned.

Exercise MRI

A multidisciplinary team of radiographers, cardiologists, physiotherapists and radiologists is combining ultra-fast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology with an MRI bicycle ergometer to better understand how a patient’s heart operates under exercise conditions.

Substance use and psychosis

New research is providing increased evidence for natural recovery from cannabis use by people with psychosis. Of the five per cent of Queenslanders who experience psychosis, up to 80 per cent use cannabis.

Junior doctor research fellowship

The risks associated with cardiac surgical procedures are the focus of Dr Jonathon Fanning’s Junior Doctor Research Fellowship from the Queensland Government.

HIRF helps researchers see disease

Research is embedded in medical imaging at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital through the Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF). The cutting-edge facility is one of only a few such clinical imaging research centres in Australia.

New app to help decipher medical mystery

A team from The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) has developed an app that could assist in the diagnosis of a devastating medical condition that is considered one of the great medical mysteries of our time.

Innovation in anaesthesia

For an anaesthetist, knowing the most appropriate and effective medical device can feel like negotiating a mine field. The specialty’s volume of medical information doubles every 18 months, with related journals producing 1000 new pages each day.

Taking a bite out of research

Metro North Oral Health Services is encouraging a greater focus on research with the appointment of Dr Michael Foley to the position of Director of Research and Advocacy.

Win-win for infectious diseases expert

A Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) infectious diseases specialist has been acknowledged for his research contribution in tropical medicine and specifically malaria research, winning two prestigious international awards.

Medical glue the clue to IV lines

Caboolture Hospital researchers are trialling a new way to make one of the most common medical procedures in the world – placing drips or intravenous (IV) lines – safer, less painful and potentially more cost effective.

Life beyond cancer

As a psychiatrist providing treatment for patients with cancer and their families, Professor Jane Turner is developing a program of research focused on interventions in areas of clinical need and translational research.

Eliminating malaria

Queensland researchers are leading the world in trialling new malaria treatments and live imaging of people with malaria.

Tackling post-intensive care syndrome

While Australia has the highest intensive care unit survival rate in the world, patients’ long-term quality of life and productivity can be reduced by debilitating complications, often impairing their ability to fulfil ordinary daily tasks due to ongoing chronic pain, loss of muscle mass, insomnia, memory loss and/or psychological stress.

Constant juggle spells opportunity for physio

Brighton Health Campus senior rehabilitation physiotherapist Dr Ann Rahmann makes a habit of wearing multiple hats at once, juggling numerous research collaborations while running between the rehab gym and her lecturing position at the Australian Catholic University at Banyo.

Obstetric research earns world respect

Asking fundamental questions from everyday clinical practice and concern for the mental health impact on patients drives Redcliffe Hospital Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Alka Kothari’s successful approach to research.

Nursing and midwifery research centre

Exciting people about research is a key part of Professor Joan Webster’s job. AsNursing Director of Nursing and Midwifery Research since 1991, Joan has overseen dozens of research studies and trained many nurses in evidence based practice.

Focus on public health

As a leader in their field, the Metro North Public Health Unit (MNPHU) is committed to contributing to evidence-based practice, exploring new technology and ideas, and seeking to understand and reduce risks through better and more efficient ways of working.

Obesity and gestational diabetes in pregnancy

In the decade since completing her PhD, Professor Leonie Callaway has gathered a team of clinician scientists who share her passion for the wellbeing of women, particularly addressing obesity and gestational diabetes in pregnancy.

Changing lives for critically ill patients

Speech pathologist Anna-Liisa Sutt is challenging beliefs and changing practice through her research helping tracheostomised mechanically ventilated patients speak sooner.

New treatment for heart failure

An innovative device being trialled at The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) may provide a treatment option for heart failure for the first time in Queensland.

The behaviour of bullying

Bullying is a prevalent problem among youth worldwide. In Australia it affects at least 1 in 10 students in a school term.

Reducing the impact of hospital stays

Older people are at greater harm from a combination of serious illness and he hospital environment, leading to geriatric syndromes such as delirium, functional decline, falls, incontinence and pressure injuries.

Taking a unique approach to blood cancers

A drive to find effective treatments for acute leukaemia is one of the primary actors that saw Associate Professor Steven Lane awarded a prestigious inaugural CSL Centenary Fellowship.

World Class cardiac team sharing skills

The Prince Charles Hospital’s cardiac expertise was showcased on the world stage at the recent 13th annual Asian Interventional Cardiovascular Therapeutic Congress.

Our inspirational CISS staff recognised

Twenty finalists from across Community, Indigenous and Subacute services (CISS) were recognised for their patient-centred approach to care and outstanding work at the 2017 CISS Staff Excellence Awards.

Brisbane Airway Management Course

Date: 28 March 2018
Venue: Centre for Excellence and Innovation in Anaesthesia (CEIA), RBWH
The Department of Anaesthesia, RBWH invites you to attend the inaugural Brisbane Airway Management Course at the Centre for Excellence and Innovation in Anaesthesia (CEIA).

April Research Grand Rounds

Date: 5 April 2018
Venue: Centre for Clinical Nursing, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Enjoy lunch and bring along your colleagues. Take this opportunity to find out about current research from nursing leaders who are experts in their field.

CAHRLI Symposium 2018

Date: 20 June 2018
Venue: Education Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

The CAHRLI Symposium is an annual event to showcase trailblazing allied health research, education initiatives and innovations, and provide an opportunity for health professionals to network and share ideas.

April Research Grand Rounds

Date: 27/12/23
Venue: Centre for Clinical Nursing, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Enjoy lunch and bring along your colleagues. Take this opportunity to find out about current research from nursing leaders who are experts in their field.

Redcliffe Hospital Research Symposium

Date: 20 September 2018
Venue: Education Centre, Redcliffe Hospital

The 2018 Redcliffe Hospital Research Symposium will include local research presentations, display of research and quality improvement posters from the current and previous year.

Intersections and Opportunities

Date: 19/09/23
Venue: Education Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Themes, Vision and Opportunities for the Institute.

Brain Trauma Research Collaboration Workshop

More than 80 people attended the Jamieson Trauma Institute’s (JTI) Brain Trauma Research Collaboration Workshop today, to delve deeper into one of the major causes of lifelong disability and death worldwide.

Redcliffe Hospital Research Symposium

Date: 12 December 2023

Venue: Education Centre, Redcliffe Hospital

The 2018 Redcliffe Hospital Research Symposium will include local research presentations, display of research and quality improvement posters from the current and previous year.

22Aged Care Conference

Date: 2 November 2023

Venue: Education Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston

Hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health Service this conference is attended by delegates from across Queensland to look at the many topics concerning aged care.

333Aged Care Conference

Date: 1 November 2023

Venue: Education Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston

Hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health Service this conference is attended by delegates from across Queensland to look at the many topics concerning aged care.

Games-based Hearoes app sounds good

Audiologists at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) have helped in the development of an Australian-first app that guides hearing impaired people through the new environment of sound, following a hearing implant.

Gynaecology workshop

Date: Saturday 26 October 2019
Venue: Clinical Skills Development Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

The GP Alignment Program is an award-winning* series of free workshops hosted by Women’s and Children’s Stream, Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

Metro North Better Together Gathering

Date:Thursday 19 March 2020
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Brighton Health Campus Auditorium, 449 Beaconsfield Terrace Brighton

Staff, patients and community members are invited to attend the annual Metro North Close the Gap Day event.

RBWH welcomes Australia-first radiation technology

An Australia-first state-of-the-art radiation treatment system has now commenced service at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) and is allowing clinicians to provide more accurate, higher dosage radiation treatment to patients.

MatHOME officially launches at RBWH

A new pilot maternity program, MatHOME, has officially commenced at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH), allowing antenatal inpatients who meet select criteria to receive top-tier maternity care from the comfort of their home.

Metro North Orthopaedic Project

Metro North Health is seeking people interested in improving orthopaedic services including the potential opening of a service in the Caboolture area.

Heart Lung Research Institute Consumer Advisory Committee

Metro North Health is calling for consumer and carer expressions of interest to establish a Heart Lung Research Institute Consumer Advisory Committee. Committee members will provide valuable lived experience to inform cardiac and thoracic research priorities and research programs and studies.

Test post 01

TEST 01 The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre is trialling a breakthrough drug that could allow patients to live decades longer, by turning the acutely fatal disease into a manageable condition.


The Metro North Health Research Office would like to acknowledge and thank the Metro North Health Communications team for their efforts in developing the annual Research Snapshot Report.

Without the curious minds and excellent writing skills of our communications experts, the stories of our researchers and their research excellence would not be told. Without the keen eye for detail and technical expertise of our online and design team members, the 2022 Research Snapshot would be possible, or look anywhere near as beautiful. Thank you.


  • Christine Atkinson
  • Rebecca Burn
  • Jane Bebbington
  • Kate Carey
  • John Walters
  • Stephen Hapgood
  • Kirsten Braun
  • Travis Bell
  • Louise Fichera

Online and Design

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