Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital funds research

Published 12:00pm 22 September 2023

Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital funds research
Words by Kylie Knight

An innovative research project, partly funded by the 2022 Redcliffe Hospital Giving Day, will recruit local GPs and community services to help hospital patients make healthy lifestyle changes ahead of planned surgeries.

The pre-operative feasibility study, being led by Senior Dietitian Alyce Nissen, will focus on reducing smoking and alcohol consumption, and improving nutrition and iron deficiency (anaemia).

“The healthier a patient is before surgery, the better their recovery is afterward,” Alyce says.

The study will use a clinical assistant to follow up select patients and work closely with them to provide education, resources and referrals to allied health professionals or existing community services to modify risk factors.

“The key will be to empower patients by allowing them to complete a self-generated screening survey and then take ownership of the recommendations,” Alyce explains.

She was awarded one of two inaugural Redcliffe Hospital Research Fellowship Grants, thanks to the money raised during last year’s Redcliffe Hospital Giving Day. This year’s event is on October 12.

Giving Day is the main fundraising event for Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital, a partnership between the RBWH Foundation and Redcliffe Hospital. All money raised supports innovative patient care projects, life-changing health research and other hospital initiatives.

“I am so grateful to have this opportunity to use this fellowship for the development of a model of care to improve the health of our patients preoperatively,” Alyce says.

“I thank all those who have donated and look forward to sharing our outcomes with everyone next year.”

The countdown is now on to this year’s Redcliffe Hospital Giving Day on Thursday, October 12. Every donation received will be doubled by Giving Day Impact Partners. Donations can be made via the website.

A priority for funding this year will be the renovation of visiting areas in the hospital’s Palliative Care Unit.

The unit cares for about 600 patients with a life-limiting illness, each year. Refurbishing common areas will make stays more comfortable for patients and their visitors.

“We want to add a touch of home to the unit so patients and visitors can enjoy quality time together,” RBWH Foundation CEO Simone Garske says.

“Palliative Care has a special role in our community and by giving together, we can enhance this experience for hundreds of people every year.”

To find out more, follow the Raise it for Redcliffe Facebook page or head to the website

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