Creating healthcare solutions for the 21st Century

We work with a range of health and research organisations across the globe, with the common aim of improving patient care and optimising outcomes.

If you would like to partner with us on a project and tap into our research expertise, please get in touch.

Project highlights

Pressure Injury Prevention Toolkit

In a collaboration with the Australian Catholic University and Deakin University, the Pressure Injury Prevention Patient Education Resources Implementation Toolkit was developed in response to the 10% of hospitalised patients sustaining pressure injuries. These cost the Australian health system over $1.2 billion annually. Researchers developed three patient education resources, a 5-minute video, poster and brochure in eight languages to promote active patient participation in pressure injury prevention.

Patient nutrition

In a collaboration with the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Queensland University of Technology and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, we’re working on a patient and family-centred intervention to promote nutrition in advanced cancer patients. Dubbed the PICNIC study, the pilot will involve a randomised controlled trial. Another initiative, our NUTRI-TEC study, aims to engage patients in their nutrition care using technology. We also have a study aimed at improving nutritional practices around texture-modified diets and malnutrition screening.

Children’s health initiatives

In partnership with Curtin University and Perth Children’s Hospital, we’re working on a project focusing on parent-initiated responses to escalating care of a deteriorated child. We’re also working with the Queensland Youth Cancer Service, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Services and the School of Applied Psychology to look at the psychological functioning of child and adolescent cancer survivors. Meanwhile, our work with Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and QUT looks at persistent and acute pain in young children. We’re also working with the Paediatric Acute and Persistent Pain Service at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital on a project aimed at reducing pain and improving recovery after tonsillectomy.

Young children and pain management

Funded by the Ian Potter Foundation (Health and Disability), the myPainPal healthcare mobile application was developed in conjunction with young children age 10 to 14 years, parents, researchers, health care clinicians and healthcare mobile applications experts.Young people with persistent pain identified four major needs - mind-body scan, strategies, goal setting, social support and engagement. These areas, together with feedback and current best practice for self-management of persistent pain, were built into the application for the children to assist and optimise treatments.

Other collaborations

  • In a collaboration with Princess Alexandra Hospital, University of Queensland and University of Dundee (UK), we’re conducting feasibility and pilot testing of an individualised psychological intervention for survivors of critical illness.
  • Working with the George Institute of Global Health, we’re conducting a cluster randomised controlled trial of selective decontamination of the digestive tract in critically ill patients.
  • In a study with Princess Alexandra Hospital Intensive Care Unit, University of Queensland, and the University of London, we’re looking patient preferences for receiving an early intervention after critical illness to improve psychological recovery.
  • In collaboration with Retrieval Services Queensland and the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Queensland, we are looking at innovative models of education support for new graduate and novice nurses transitioning to practice in rural and remote settings.
  • In collaboration with Telehealth Emergency Management Support Unit and Retrieval Services Queensland, we are investigating what clinical support is needed by rural and remote clinicians in providing safe and effective emergency care.
  • Dr Lauren Ball is collaborating with the UQ-MRI Centre for Health System Reform and Innovation investigating what it means for patients to have a "good quality" relationship with their GP. This involves how to initiate relationships, how GPs can foster relationships and how best measure these relationships to inform health reform evaluation.
  • Medication errors can result in poor patient outcomes. In collaboration with the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service and General Practitioners across the Gold Coast region, our interdisciplinary research team (nurses, doctors and pharmacists) is examining the medication reconciliation process at hospital discharge, and the accuracy of the medication list information provided to Gold Coast General Practitioners.

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