Wednesday, 1 August 2018

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

World’s largest study into muscle weakness in ICU patients aims for faster discharge

The TEAM team (L-R): Lisa Higgins, A/Prof Hodgson,
 Prof Belinda Gabbe, Janani Sivasuthan
Associate Professor Carol Hodgson is leading the world’s largest research project investigating muscle weakness affecting patients admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICUs). With 150,000 Australians admitted to intensive care units each year, as many as 25% of survivors who were living at home prior to ICU are unable to return home due to ongoing disability. The study will enrol patients who require more than 2 days of mechanical ventilation. These patients account for 62% of the total bed-days in Australian ICUs and their direct care costs are approximately $2 billion per year.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Researchers recognised in Queens’ Birthday Honours

Congratulations to our four researchers who made the Queen’s Birthday Honours list recently.

Professor Rinaldo Bellomo: Officer in the General Division (AO)

For distinguished service to intensive care medicine as a biomedical scientist and researcher, through infrastructure and systems development to manage the critically ill, and as an author.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Driving national discussion around public health prevention

A/Prof Diug with The Hon Julia Gillard
and Michael Moore AM

MERQ's A/Prof Basia Diug and Prof Dragan Ilic were co-scientific leads of the inaugural Public Health Prevention Conference hosted by the Public Health Association Australia in Sydney during May. The event focussed on systems thinking, health advocacy and research translation. The conference was a great success with all 300 registrations sold.

Breast implant registry on track to protect patient health

The first comprehensive report on breast implant surgeries captured by the Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR) between 2012 - 2016, marks a significant milestone in the development of registry's potential to safeguard patient health.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, the ABDR monitors the performance of breast implants, as well as tissue expanders and dermal matrices that may be used in the reconstruction of breast tissue, such as after mastectomies.

Project lead, Dr Ingrid Hopper, said the registry, which is expected to have national coverage later this year, will have the capacity to track complication rates back to a particular type of implant or surgical technique.