Everyone benefits from the outcomes of health and medical research, particularly when that research paves the way to better prevention, better treatments, and even cures for conditions once thought incurable.


Established in 1992, the Clifford Craig Foundation facilitates a high quality research program at the Launceston General Hospital that provides on-going improvement into the health related issues that are important to Tasmanians.


Our vision enables research to be undertaken by local health care professionals. This philosophy encourages talented medical professionals to work and reside in Northern Tasmania, which is important for the future of local healthcare.

The Launceston General Hospital (LGH) is a 400-bed teaching hospital and is the major referral hospital for the North and North West regions of the State. The hospital provides emergency and acute care, specialist services, inpatient and ambulatory care.

As the community arm of the hospital, the Clifford Craig Foundation aims to improve the health of the community through the provision of funding for innovative medical research, education of health professionals, funding of medical equipment and patient facilities within the hospital.

Medical research is a priority focus for the Foundation and thanks to wonderful community support, we are able to boast a cost effective and life-changing medical research program that provides significant health benefits for the people of our region.

Most importantly, your donations are spent here in Northern Tasmania and used to provide our doctors, nurses and other health professionals with medical research opportunities they would find difficult to get at other regional hospitals. This in turn, provides the LGH with a competitive edge to attract and retain skilled medical professionals to live and work in our region, thus our community gets better access to specialist care.

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Launceston doctor studying idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a fatal lung disease

With Launceston now the national centre for lung pathology assessments in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a local researcher is collecting data from around Australia to better understand the fatal disease. University of Tasmania’s respiratory immunopathology research group head Dr Sukhwinder Sohal is using a Clifford Craig Foundation grant to study the underlying mechanisms of IPF, which

Launceston doctor to study use of Kardia ECG device for heart palpitation monitoring

Launceston cardiology advanced trainee Dr Kuhendra Bala has received a grant to investigate the use of a mobile heart palpitation monitoring system. The current process of diagnosis involves the use of a holter monitor, which has to be fitted and removed at a hospital or clinic. Dr Bala received $8756 from the Clifford Craig Foundation to

Launceston doctors to research laser therapy for cardiac patients

Two Launceston doctors will begin researching whether laser therapy can reduce cardiac damage caused by stents inserted into the arteries of the heart to fix blockages. Cardiologist Dr Rohit Barthwal and general practitioner Dr Michael Fox were granted $77,900 by the Clifford Craig Foundation to fund the research, which will begin in 2018. “Cardiovascular disease


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Christmas Conversations Luncheon

We are thrilled to announce our guest speaker for the 2017 Christmas Conversations Luncheon will be Australia’s first female Governor General,  The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO

A Day at Glen Ireh Estate Garden Fete

The Launceston Friends of Clifford Craig invite you to ‘A Day at Glen Ireh Estate’ Garden Fete Saturday 25th November Time: 10am-4pm Come and wander through Glen Ireh Estate’s 7 acres of beautiful park land garden Attractions: Gin tastings at Adam’s Distillery – Distillery tours at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm The “Fellas” and “Club Sandwich”

High Tea at Two – Saturday 12th August

Thank you to all the ladies and a few gentleman who attended our annual ‘High Tea at Two’ event on Saturday 12th August 2017. We hope you enjoyed the afternoon and with thanks to you we raised over $7000 for medical research in Northern Tasmania.

Clifford Craig

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W.D. Booth Centre,
5th Floor,
Launceston General Hospital,
Charles Street,
Launceston Tas 7250
Ph: (03) 6777 6010