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.

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.

Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration

The Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration: Carers and Consumers (DCRC: CC), based at our Kelvin Grove campus, is part of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research established to provide leadership in the field of dementia research. Centre Director Professor Elizabeth Beattie oversees this research centre.

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 centre'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 University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • Dementia Training Australia (DTA), which provides education and training for health professionals in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas across Australia.

Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration
Dementia Training Australia (DTA)

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.


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