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    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Queensland’s $134 million children’s health research centre launched

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Friday, November 27, 2015

    Queensland’s $134 million children’s health research centre launched

    Queensland is poised to take its place at the forefront of children’s health research thanks to a pioneering research centre, officially opened by the Palaszczuk Government today.

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the $134 million state-of-the-art facility, co-located with the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, will allow faster translation of research findings into better care for Queensland children, young people and their families.

    “Queensland has a proud track record in children’s health research, but in the past, all the research has been scattered through various institutions and hospitals throughout Brisbane,” Mr Dick said.

    “For the first time, the state’s leading child and adolescent health researchers are working together under one roof, right beside the largest children’s hospital in Australia.

    “This has created an integrated hub of specialist knowledge dedicated to improving the health of children, and facilitating better opportunities for collaborative research projects.

    “In this facility, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital’s doctors, nurses, surgeons and allied health professionals will work side by side with researchers from the centre’s university and academic partners – Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland and the Translational Research Institute – to ensure medical and scientific breakthroughs transfer quickly to improved health for children.”

    Mr Dick said Queensland researchers were already international leaders in the areas of childhood respiratory disease, infectious diseases, burns and trauma, and cerebral palsy.

    “Bringing researchers from the former Royal Children’s and Mater Children’s hospitals together in the Centre for Children’s Health Research has further strengthened research in the areas of critical care, including intensive care, cardiac and emergency medicine,” Mr Dick said.

    Other child health conditions and issues to be studied in the centre include burns, childhood cancer, mental health, child development, rehabilitation and neurology, microbiological and virological research, and exercise and nutrition.

    The Centre for Children’s Health Research represents the largest investment in child and adolescent health research in Queensland’s history, with the State Government’s contribution $89 million, supported with a further $45 million invested in equal parts by QUT, UQ, and TRI.

    The nine-level centre houses wet and dry laboratories, pathology services, a gait laboratory, a nutrition laboratory, and the Queensland Children’s Tumour Bank (funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation) which provides a tissue repository for national and international cancer research.

    There are 200 researchers currently working in the building but numbers will be scaled up until around 300 by the middle of next year.

    Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Fionnagh Dougan said the Centre for Children’s Health Research heralded the start of an exciting new era for child health research in Queensland.

    “Queensland has a long and proud history of pioneering scientific and clinical advancements in children’s health care,” Ms Dougan said.

    “The Centre for Children’s Health Research is well positioned to build on this strong foundation and continue to deliver breakthroughs in the way we support and improve outcomes for children and young people.”


    Media contact: Andrew Fraser 0428 690 679