Fostering Innovation at Greenslopes Private Hospital
The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation is founded on an unwavering belief in the power of medical research to change lives. While much of our medical research will take years to go from bench top to bedside, we are also facilitating research projects with the aim of providing immediate and translational benefit to patients right now.
For the past seven years, the GMRF Innovation Grants, made possible by our generous donors and corporate Discovery Partners, have been contributing to
practical advances in hospital operations and patient outcomes at Greenslopes Private Hospital.
Staff at GPH can apply for grants up to $30,000 to be used to conduct a short-term research project based on observations of ways to improve practices and procedures.
2016 Grant Recipients
Project Title: Effects of post-operative analgesic technique on the rehabilitation outcomes for patients following a Total Knee Replacement (TKR)
$8,000 was awarded to Senior Physiotherapist Pauline Teng to investigate the use of patches in the recovery process for patients who had received a total knee replacement. Immediately following the procedure, patients received two attachments; pain relief in the form of a patient controlled analgesia (PCA) and an indwelling catheter. Because of these attachments, two staff members were required to assist with patient mobilisation, transfer, and assistance with hygiene care.
Early mobilisation is crucial to good recovery. Participation in exercise classes immediately following a total knee replacement has been shown to improve patient’s mental and physical wellbeing. The use of a PCA attachment impedes on a patient’s ability to join these classes until three or four days after surgery.
Pauline applied for a GMRF Innovation Grant so she could investigate whether the use of opioid analgesic patches compared to PCA will improve early mobilisation for patients and therefore lead to discharging from hospital sooner. By researching the impact of attachments, Pauline aims to shorten recovery time and improve overall patient wellbeing.
Project Title: A pilot study investigating the efficacy of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for the treatment of military-related PTSD in a Trauma Recovery Program (TRP)
$15,000 was awarded to a group at the Keith Payne Unit to investigate whether Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) produces greater PTSD symptom reduction than treatment as usual in an accredited trauma recovery program.
It is anticipated that the inclusion of Cognitive Processing Therapy will enhance clinical practice, program/participant outcomes, and support ongoing quality improvement and accreditation requirements at GPH. As of midway through 2017, the group have incorporated Cognitive Processing Therapy into TRP for the first time. All Allied Health clinicians (7) completed online CPTWeb training, prior to commencement of study and 9 of 11 new TRP participants have consented to participate in 12 individual CPT sessions.