Past Grants

Half a million dollars drives innovative research at Gold Coast Health

Nine research projects by Gold Coast Health clinicians and staff will share in more than $517,000 in funding courtesy of a partnership between the health service and Gold Coast Hospital Foundation. The Research Grants Scheme enables research that will improve the health of the Gold Coast community and the delivery of health care services.

Foundation Chief Executive Officer Kim Sutton said: “The Research Grant Scheme focuses on seed funding innovative small and large health and clinical research projects led to Gold Coast Health professionals to continually advance health care services and medical outcomes for patients.”

Approved research projects

Five large projects received up to $100,000 over two years:

  • Dr Shane George – rapid diagnosis of sepsis in acutely ill children
  • Berzenn Urbi – safety, tolerability and efficacy of cannabis-based medicine extract in slowing the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and motor neurone disease
  • Dr Kathleen Baird – responding to domestic and family violence in the context of maternity care
  • Dr Christy Noble – enriching medical trainees’ learning through patient-inclusive practice
  • Professor Brigid Gillespie – identifying acute wound care priorities to inform research and an evidence-based practice agenda across Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital

Small projects received up to $20,000 over two years:

  • Menaka Sabaratnam – does the addition of high intensity single muscle group training improve exercise training efficiency in heart failure?
  • Dr Kerrie Evans – Identifying responders and non-responders to the UPLIFT program for people with persistent low back pain
  • Dr Michael Simmonds – combined mechanical and oxidative stresses during cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Dr Bajee Krishna Sriram – Why do patients with chronic pulmonary disease and under nutrition state have poor clinical outcomes?

2016/17 Gold Coast Hospital Foundation Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Recipients

Seven wonderful nurses and midwives have been awarded 2016/17 Gold Coast Hospital Foundation scholarships, recognising their dedication to continued professional education and progression.

The successful recipients were selected for their ability to help improve health care delivery and patient outcomes, and have completed studies ranging from Graduate Certificates in Nursing through to Bachelor of Nursing and Masters in Health Practice.

Special thanks to Jupiters Gold Coast and Professor Ged Williams for supporting these awards, enabling your health staff to complete postgraduate studies.

Gold Coast Hospital Foundation Scholarship Recipients 2016/17

  • Melissa Hays
  • Lisa-Kim Wright
  • Therese Gardiner
  • Linn Mathlassi
  • Emily Tarrant

Professor Ged Williams Scholarship Recipients 2016/17

  • Jessica Payne
  • Kelly Fleetwood

Equipment/grants projects funded by the Foundation