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the role of the RBWH Foundation

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In an ideal world, the government would fund all medical research, but in reality, there just isn’t enough money to cover everything.  The RBWH Foundation is a not for profit organisation which  raises money for research into a wide variety of medical conditions.  Making a breakthrough with research can be a “foot in the door” as even a small success can lead to obtaining more funding from other sources, so the effect is magnified. 

Research requirements are constantly changing and answers are always needed quickly because people’s lives can depend on them.  Covid 19 proved that. 

When it became obvious that Covid wasn’t going away, the RBWH Foundation provided a special grant for research into coronavirus to help with things like developing faster testing, investigating the long term effects of the virus, and how front line workers could provide the finest care whilst at the same time keeping themselves safe from infection.

A side effect of research is that advances in technology and development of new treatments mean that equipment is continually being upgraded, so hospital staff require on-going training.  The Foundation helps fund this too.

Whilst the best  outcome for patients is the Foundation’s purpose, making the treatment as easy to get through as possible is also very important.  The “Sony You Can Centre” is an example of one of the Foundation’s initiatives.  In partnership with Sony, the hospital opened a peaceful place for 15-25 year olds to relax and enjoy some semblance of normality away from the wards.  It has indoor and outdoor seating areas, and things like a wide screen TV, a kitchen area with coffee machine, drinks and snacks, video gaming facilities, places for quiet study, and a yoga studio.

If you haven’t already done so, you can read about research at the RBWH by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.

The RBWH Foundation’s ability to maintain all this financial support is fully dependent on donations from the public.  Every donation helps to make a difference to someone’s life.

In an ideal world, the government would fund all medical research, but in reality, there just isn’t enough money to cover everything.  The RBWH Foundation is a not for profit organisation which  raises money for research into a wide variety of medical conditions.  Making a breakthrough with research can be a “foot in the door” as even a small success can lead to obtaining more funding from other sources, so the effect is magnified. 

foundation adjusted

Research requirements are constantly changing and answers are always needed quickly because people’s lives can depend on them.  Covid 19 proved that. 

When it became obvious that Covid wasn’t going away, the RBWH Foundation provided a special grant for research into coronavirus to help with things like developing faster testing, investigating the long term effects of the virus, and how front line workers could provide the finest care whilst at the same time keeping themselves safe from infection.

A side effect of research is that advances in technology and development of new treatments mean that equipment is continually being upgraded, so hospital staff require on-going training.  The Foundation helps fund this too.

Whilst the best  outcome for patients is the Foundation’s purpose, making the treatment as easy to get through as possible is also very important.  The “Sony You Can Centre” is an example of one of the Foundation’s initiatives.  In partnership with Sony, the hospital opened a peaceful place for 15-25 year olds to relax and enjoy some semblance of normality away from the wards.  It has indoor and outdoor seating areas, and things like a wide screen TV, a kitchen area with coffee machine, drinks and snacks, video gaming facilities, places for quiet study, and a yoga studio.

If you haven’t already, you can read about research at the RBWH by clicking on the link below.

The RBWH Foundation’s ability to maintain all this financial support is fully dependent on donations from the public.  Every donation helps to make a difference to someone’s life.

RBWH Foundation Giving Day - 2022

It was lovely to be asked to be part of the RBWH Giving Day, a huge fundraising day with sponsored events at the hospital, a telethon and plenty of media coverage.  This year, well over half a millions dollars was raised, which is tremendous considering the economic climate and how many people are feeling the pinch.

Max Futcher, Sharyn Ghidella (Channel 7 news team and big supporters of the RBWH) with Reinhard Krieger & Irene Krieger .
A camera man films a patient's art class for breakfast TV.
The telethon room. Many well known personalities took a turn at manning the phones.

It was lovely to be asked to be part of the RBWH Giving Day, a huge fundraising day with sponsored events at the hospital, a telethon and plenty of media coverage.  This year, well over half a millions dollars was raised, which is tremendous considering the economic climate and how many people are feeling the pinch.

Philanthropic Awards Lunch - June 2022

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Simone Garske (left) and Susan Buckley (right), CEO and Deputy Board Chair of the RBWH Foundation respectively, accept the award.

Reinhard and I were honoured to be guests at the Philanthropic Awards lunch, held in Brisbane’s magnificent heritage listed City Hall.  The Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital (RBWH) Foundation, via which I raise funds for cancer research, won the Best Foundation Award.  I am so proud to have been a part of the win, even if it is only a tiny part.

The 2022 Research Awards

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Irene Krieger with Dr. Jeannette Young PSM, Governor of Queensland