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 associate professors studying gut microbiome in elderly Tasmanians

Two Launceston scientists have joined forces to study gut bacteria in elderly Tasmanians. University of Tasmania associate professors Dr Katie Flanagan and Dr Rajaraman Eri received a 2018 Clifford Craig Foundation grant of $7000 to get their pilot study off the ground. “We want to map out what happens to the microbiome in an ageing

LGH psychologist to study bariatric surgery outcomes

Predicting what outcomes people will have from lap band surgery could reduce the number of operations performed, save money and improve patient outcomes. Launceston General Hospital psychologist Dr John Mercer hopes a study into bariatric surgery results will lead to an assessment and treatment matching process that will reduce poor outcomes. “What we’ve noticed is some

LGH occupational therapists use grant to investigate rehabilitation needs

A new research project beginning next year aims to improve the efficiency of getting patients into rehabilitation beds post-operation. The research is being conducted by Launceston General Hospital’s occupational therapy team, with a 2018 grant from the Clifford Craig Foundation. It will look at how to predict whether patients will need an in-hospital rehabilitation bed following knee


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International Women’s Day Luncheon with Jelena Dokic

We are thrilled to announce former international tennis star, Jelena Dokic  will be our guest speaker at The Clifford Craig Foundation International Women’s Day Luncheon in March 2018.

Save the Date! Clifford Craig Charity Ball

Save the Date! Our gala charity event of the year, The Clifford Craig Charity Ball will be held on Friday 11th May 2018 Planning has commenced for our night of nights and it is going to be amazing! Lock Friday 11th May 2018 in your diary and gather your friends for a great night. If you would like

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