Community involvement

We improve the quality of life of Australians through our research centres and health programs. Our clinical facilities and community programs keep us in touch with industry trends and people's needs.

Dementia Collaborative Research Centres

The Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: Carers and Consumers (DCRC: CC), based at our Kelvin Grove campus, is one of three dementia research collaborative centres in Australia established to provide leadership in the field of dementia research. Centre Director Professor Elizabeth Beattie oversees this research centre, which received $4.7 million of Commonwealth funding.

The centre's research focuses on improving the quality of life and quality of care for people with dementia and those who care for them. This is achieved by reducing physical and emotional discomfort, and helping people with dementia stay in their homes longer.

The DCRC: CC has formal research partnerships that support a wide range of research activities relating to quality of life and quality of care. These include:

  • Curtin University
  • Griffith University
  • La Trobe University
  • Alzheimer's Australia
  • the HammondCare Group.

The centres's program of research also includes linkages with other Australian and international tertiary institutions.

The DCRC: CC works in partnership with:

  • DCRC: Assessment and Better Care Outcomes, based at the University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • DCRC: Prevention, Risk Reduction and Early Intervention based at Australian National University (ANU)
  • Queensland Dementia Training and Study Centre (Qld DTSC), which provides education and training for health professionals in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland.

Palliative care programs

The Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE) is a Queensland initiative run by QUT, the Prince Charles Hospital Health Service District, Karuna Hospice Service and General Practice Queensland.

We improve palliative care services by:

  • developing the capacity of existing palliative care services
  • improving the links between research and practice
  • researching issues
  • providing information that supports the delivery of palliative care services.

Headed by Professor Patsy Yates, the CPCRE runs as a 'centre without walls' committed to fostering community partnerships.

Leg clubs

These informal drop-in centres throughout Brisbane provide care and advice to people with leg problems such as ulcers, eczema, skin grafts and varicose veins.

Research done in partnership with Spiritus Care Services and the Institute of Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) led to the establishment of Brisbane Leg Clubs, based on the idea devised by UK District Nurse, Ellie Lindsay. Our research shows that treatment at leg clubs improves wound healing and client well-being, compared with traditional home treatment.

Contact Spiritus Care Services for referrals and general information.


School of Nursing

  • Level 6, B Wing, O Block
    Victoria Park Road
    Kelvin Grove QLD 4059