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Report into clinical research potential at LGH under consideration

31 Jan 2018

The Launceston General Hospital can overcome its training accreditation and specialist retention issues if it becomes a “champion of research”, according to a report being considered by the state government. The report, which was commissioned by the Clifford Craig Foundation, highlights a “lack of strategic direction” in clinical research at the LGH. Foundation chief executive Peter

Launceston associate professors studying gut microbiome in elderly Tasmanians

10 Jan 2018

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

19 Dec 2017

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

11 Dec 2017

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

Launceston research into probiotic to prevent Haemophilus influenzae infections

04 Dec 2017

A Launceston scientist is studying the use of a probiotic to potentially prevent certain chronic infections. Dr Stephen Tristram is researching Haemophilus influenzae, a bacterium that has a level of antibiotic resistance deemed a “global threat to human health”. “This organism is a common inhabitant of our throats where it does us no harm, but under