Research at the Heart of Health

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THE ROYAL WOMEN’S HOSPITAL MELBOURNE

The Royal Women’s Hospital does more than support the health of Melbourne locals – it is a hub of active research aimed at improving health outcomes for women and children in Victoria and globally.

Over 3,000 patients are currently participating in 62 clinical trials throughout the hospital’s services in nine research centres. The hospital’s recently released 2015 Research Report “Discoveries improving care for women and babies” showcases this research leadership. The Report includes details of the hospital’s clinical trials and translational research in newborn and cancer research, as well as in gynaecology, pregnancy, mental health, infectious diseases, midwifery and maternity, anaesthetics and allied health.

Professor Peter Rogers, Director of Research said “a key feature of the Women’s program is that clinical trials and research arise frequently from issues being addressed in services provided by the hospital, and, over a period of time, the findings from these studies will inform the nature of clinical work with patients.”

“This important cycle may take considerable time, for testing and international comment to be considered,” he added. “But there is a close nexus between the research program and clinical work.”

A recent example of this cycle is the management of breathing support in preterm babies. Preterm babies have underdeveloped lungs and often require breathing support to survive. In a series of clinical trials researchers at the Women’s evaluated several different techniques for providing non-invasive ventilation to preterm babies, including high flow nasal cannulae. Their evidence, generated over two decades, has changed the way preterm babies are managed around the world.

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As Australia’s first and largest specialist hospital for women and newborns, the Women’s continues to improve health outcomes for women and babies through clinical trials and translational research. These projects are currently conducted at the Women’s, as well as in conjunction with collaborative organisations and researchers both in Australia and overseas.

For more information on The Royal Women’s Hospital research activities, see https://www.thewomens.org.au/about/reports-publications/.