$2.731 million for Queensland researchers transforming health outcomes

Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women The Honourable Shannon Fentiman
  • The Queensland Government has awarded $2.731 million in grants to 18 clinicians as part of the Queensland Health Clinical Research Fellowships
  • Grants were awarded to clinician researchers in the medical, nursing and allied health fields, ranging in size from $20,000 to $250,000
  • The Fellowships support Queensland Health clinician researchers to conduct critical research to improve health outcomes for patients

Queensland’s brightest medical minds will share in more than $2.731 million in grants for research projects aimed at preventing illness, improving patient care and saving lives.

The Queensland Government today announced the successful applicants of Round 4 of the Queensland Health Clinical Research Fellowships (CRFs).

The Fellowships support clinician researchers to conduct research relevant to their clinical work, with the goal improving health outcomes and finding new ways to deliver better care.

Senior Intensive Care Specialist and Director of Research in the Adult Intensive Care Service at the Prince Charles Hospital, Associate Professor Kiran Shekar, is one of 18 clinicians to benefit from the current round of funding.

Associate Professor Shekar has been awarded $250,000 for a pilot trial of high flow oxygen and nitric oxide inhalation delivered to patients with severe breathing problems. Successful trials will allow patients autonomy and dignity while they recover, with a lesser need to be placed on invasive breathing machines and coma while also substantially reducing health care costs.

Eminent Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Professor Louise Cullen, has been awarded almost $250,000 to establish a new model of care for tackling heart attacks with First Nations Australians. The Powerful Pictures Study will address short and longer terms risks from coronary artery disease and utilise the strengths of First Nations patients and communities to manage these risks.

Since 2019, the program has awarded more than $10.5 million to 42 clinicians researchers in three rounds, fulfilling a key commitment in Queensland Health’s Advancing Health Research 2026 Strategy.

The strategy is a bold and ambitious roadmap for Queensland Health to become a global leader in research and innovation, transforming health outcomes for all Queenslanders.

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