Investing in Research

Continued research is the main ingredient in ensuring constant improvements to the ways in which our children are cared for.

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation supporters provide over $1 million each financial year to allow researchers at Perth Children’s Hospital, and previously at Princess Margaret Hospital, to conduct investigative research studies. The clinical-based studies focus on specialist areas of paediatric health to pioneer new ways of preventing, treating and curing life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses and conditions.

Working closely with the University of Western Australia, the hospital’s Children’s Clinical Research Facility seeks to bring together medical research, clinical practice and teaching to ensure the best outcomes for child and adolescent healthcare in Western Australia.

Each year, with the support of donors like you, we aim to provide over $1.1 million for research at PCH and previously at PMH, which is allocated to three translational grants of $80,000 each, eight project grants of $80,000 each, 10 seeding grants of $20,000 each, and two PhD scholarship grants of $8,000 a year for three years.

Our latest projects

the development of a whooping cough antibody investigative procedure

The recent epidemics of whooping cough (pertussis) in Australia have demonstrated the previously under-recognised burden of disease in adults and the potential for transmission to infants who are too young to be vaccinated.

Researchers at the Children’s Clinical Research Facility at PMH, thanks to funding support from the ‘Light for Riley’ campaign, are developing and investigative procedure to measure protective antibodies against the current components of the available pertussis vaccines. This will allow researchers to see whether the current recommendations of adults needing a booster every 10 years are still valid or whether more frequent boosters are needed.

paediatric international nursing study

The Paediatric International Nursing Study (PINS) is a collaborative study between the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Ulster with seven children’s hospitals and five paediatric wards across Europe and Australia. The study seeks to measure the quality of care provided to patients by nurses and how this impacts upon patient experience. As the largest participant by site size in the study, PMH appointed Amanda Newell as Nurse Researcher in order to coordinate the hospital’s contribution to the study. Foundation supporters provided the funding to support the appointment of Amanda. With Amanda in place to coordinate the study, Perth Children’s Hospital will be better placed to discover innovative and successful models of patient care that will lead to better outcomes for patients and their families.

newborns with cystic fibrosis – finding out what parents need to know

Thanks to our supporters, the Foundation funded a study to identify the most valuable information for parents of children born with cystic fibrosis, as well as the most effective method of delivering this information. Parent interviews revealed new insights, including the need for practical information and a desire for less highly scientific information. You can read more about this study and its outcomes here.


Several other ground-breaking research projects that were funded by the Foundation include:

  • Using chocolate to disguise the taste of Midazolam to ensure the right dosage is taken
  • The emotional and psychological impact of burns
  • Understanding brain maturation in premature babies
  • Use of 3D facial analysis tools to help objectively assess subtle facial clues to assist with diagnosis of selected conditions and monitoring of associated medical treatments.
  • Efficient and effective management of stiffness following immobilisation of simple metacarpal and phalangeal (hand and finger) fractures.
  • Analysis of vitamin D and cathelicidin levels in children with acute asthma.
  • An innovative model of care for children and adolescents newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes to improve service delivery and reduce bed day requirements.

Your ongoing support is needed so that the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation can continue to fund innovative clinical research at the hospital.

By supporting research projects at the Children’s Clinical Research Facility, you will be helping researchers develop new ways to provide even better care, support, treatment and outcomes for patients and their families.

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