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New research scholarship recipients announced

Each year, Pure Land Learning College donates $120,000 towards local research projects by staff employed at the Toowoomba Hospital, Baillie Henderson Hospital or Mt Lofty Heights Nursing Home.

This year, there are four successful applications for research projects by both novice and experienced researchers, detailed below.


Dr Sheila Cook – Experienced Researcher.

Team – Roisin Rafferty and Dr Marcella Kwan.

What effect does a reduced carbohydrate diet have on clinical outcomes for people with Type 1 Diabetes? A longitudinal observational study.

Grant of $6,515.00


Professor Scott Kitchener – Experienced Researcher

Team – Dr Janani Pinidiyapathirage, Dr Brendan Carrigan.

Understanding the complexity of acute heart disease related admissions to hospitals in the Darling Downs Region.

Grant amount $17,008.43


Dr Alex King – Novice Researcher

Team – Helena King, Raelene Ward, Prof Don Gorman, Matthew Boyd, Assoc  Prof Srinivas Kondalsomy-Chennakes, Richard Henshaw.

A comparative, quantitative study on Indigenous and non-indigenous retrospective Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) data in Rural and Regional Emergency Departments in South West Queensland.

Grant of $9,350.00


Dr Lucy-Anne Tolcher – Novice Researcher

Team – Dr Annabel Cavanagh, Remo Ostini.

The outcome of children presenting with Upper Respiratory Tract infections in urban vs rural settings – antibiotic prescription and readmission rates.

Grant $6,720.00

We cannot thank our mates at Pure Land Learning College enough for their support of the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and our dedicated staff members who receive the research scholarships.

18 Oct 2017