Your Impact

With your help amazing things happen at Darling Downs Health!

Together, we make a real difference in the lives of patients and their families by buying important medical equipment, improving services, making facilities better, delivering patient care programs, fund research and support staff training.

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The impact of our donors is truly remarkable

Here are just a few of the incredible ways they’ve helped support the work of Darling Downs Health:

New Sensory Room for Jacaranda Unit

Mental Health consumers in the Jacaranda Unit at Baillie Henderson Hospital now have access to a Sensory Room, which is a supervised, therapeutic environment equipped with sensory-based tools. The Foundation assisted in funding wallpaper (chosen by the residents) and a massage chair.

Ultrasound System for Nanango Hospital

The Sonosite PX Point-of-Care Ultrasound System allows clinicians to perform a rapid bedside assessment, aiding diagnosis, reducing clinical risk, and improving clinical outcomes. This donation is an equipment first for Nanango Hospital, which previously didn’t have its own Ultrasound.

Purchased from funds raised through the Great Western Road Trip.

Equipment for the Student Nursing Training Program

Three vital signs monitors with stands, one blood pressure cuff and one electrocardiogram machine, are now all being used to train local 2nd and 3rd year nursing university students at Toowoomba and Baillie Henderson Hospitals.

Cardiac Monitors for Medical Assessment Planning Unit

Four portable cardiac monitors with consumables, are now in use within the Toowoomba Hospital MAPU, helping staff to deliver appropriate and timely cardiac care for patients.

New mini fridges for the Oncology, Haematology, and Palliative Care Ward

Replacing old and outdated fridges, the ward now has new mini fridges in the inpatient ward next to every bedside to aid infection prevention for immunocompromised patients.

Medela Symphony Breast Pumps

These hospital-grade, multi-user symphony breast pumps are proving to be a game-changer for the Extended Midwifery Community Service at Toowoomba Hospital, providing comfort and peace of mind to new mums in the program.

Mammography and Biopsy Stretcher Chair for BreastScreen

Can be used as both a chair and bed to help make undergoing a nerve-racking biopsy more comfortable and safer for patients whose screening results show anything unusual.

Funded with thanks to Fitzy’s Colour of Change Luncheon

Courtyard Furniture at Cossart House

The Toowoomba Hospital Allied Health Team can now enjoy their breaks year-round with new outdoor furniture and umbrellas.

Active Birth Pool and Ceiling Hoist

Toowoomba Hospital Birthing Suites now have a new Active Birth Pool and ceiling hoist to give birthing mothers a safe and comfortable option during labour and birth.

Surgical 2 Wait Room Upgrade

The Foundation purchased new furniture, including lounges, single tub chairs, a coffee table, an entertainment unit and baskets to house books and activities, and a new tea and coffee station complete with an espresso machine, microwave and mini fridge for the Surgical 2 Wait Room.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Machine

The purchase of this machine helped introduce a new service to our Darling Downs Health Mental Health Service to provide an alternative therapy for patients diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

Funded through our 2020 Tax Appeal.

Portable Ultrasound for Admissions, Discharge and Transfer Ward

This new portable ultrasound is helping to reduce discomfort and provide more accurate cannulation for patients in the Toowoomba Hospital Admissions, Discharge and Transfer Ward and Hospital in the Home program.

Shutters, blinds, and curtains for Mount Lofty Heights Nursing Home

The Nursing Home’s dining, living, staff offices, lunch rooms, and resident’s rooms where transformed with new shutters, blinds, and curtains.

The Trophon2 AcuTrace System

A high-level disinfection device that cleans, disinfects and sterilizes the BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Clinic’s ultrasound probes used when performing biopsies.

MEQU Blood Warmer for the Emergency Department

Used for emergency transfusions during trauma response, this piece of equipment does a mighty job in the Toowoomba Hospital Emergency Department.

Aortic Balloon Pump for the Cardiology Service

Helped introduce coronary angiograms to the Cardiology Service at Toowoomba Hospital, bringing care closer to home for patients who would have previously travelled to Brisbane for the procedure.

Bladder Scanner for the SPACE Team

Helping the Specialist Palliative Care in Aged Care (SPACE) team care for their patients in the community, including those at Residential Aged Care Facilities.

What We Funded

2023

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Education, Training & Professional Development

Application and Area Item Requested Amount
J.W. Perinatal Mental Health The Marce Society and Helen Mayo House Joint Perinatal Mental Health Conference in Adelaide - 7-9 September 2023 $2,000
K.A. Dietitian Online Course - The Low FODMAP Diet for IBS $627
G.T. The Cunningham Centre Certificate III Sterilisation Services $715
J.S. The Cunningham Centre Certificate III Sterilisation Services $1,582
S.B. Clinical Midwife Australian College of Midwives National Conference in Adelaide $1,300
M. T. Pastoral Care Annual retreat for Pastoral Care volunteers $290
E. M. GARSS Baillie Henderson Hospital Monash Health AHA Day $80.72
D. M. Maternity Medela Symphony Breast Pump $4,468.13
C. R. Dr EAF McDonald Nursing Home, Oakey Therapy & Dog Handler Certification $2,110
M. W. Physiotherapy Oncology Scar Workshop $19,600
J. U. Paediatrics Ward 15th Annual APS/ISPAD Diabetes Workshop in Adelaide $1,676.82
J. V. Toowoomba Hospital 15th Annual APS/ISPAD Diabetes Workshop in Adelaide $1,271.27
S. M. Darling Downs Health RBWH Lower Body Lymphoedema Training Module $2,000
A. S. Toowoomba Oral Health Certificate III in Dental Assisting $1,450
N. H. Toowoomba Oral Health Certificate III in Dental Assisting $1,450
N. H. Toowoomba Oral Health Certificate III in Dental Assisting $1,450
A. H. Darling Downs Public Health Unit Australian Public Health Conference $2,000
A. M. Indigenous Health Of BBQ: Yarning circle and radio messaging: Community engagement key to success $1,579.68
N. G. Darling Downs Public Health Unit Australian Public Health Conference - Presenter "Active Monitoring of adverse events using SMS in an Aboriginal Community" $2,000
S. S. Darling Downs Public Health Unit Australian Public Health Conference - Presenter "Active Monitoring of adverse events using SMS in an Aboriginal Community" $1,579.68
S. W. Darling Downs Public Health Unit Australian Public Health Conference - Presenter - Utilisation of REDCap for Public Health Response: Lessons Learnt - Conference $2,000
A. S. Toowoomba Oral Health Certificate III in Dental Assisting $1,450
N. H. Toowoomba Oral Health Certificate III in Dental Assisting $1,450
A. H. Darling Downs Public Health Unit Australian Public Health Conference $2,000
A. M. Indigenous Health Of BBQ: Yarning circle and radio messaging: Community engagement key to success $1,579.68
N. G. Darling Downs Public Health Unit Australian Public Health Conference - Presenter "Active Monitoring of adverse events using SMS in an Aboriginal Community" $2,000
S. S. Darling Downs Public Health Unit Australian Public Health Conference - Presenter "Active Monitoring of adverse events using SMS in an Aboriginal Community" $1,579.68
S. W. Darling Downs Public Health Unit Australian Public Health Conference - Presenter - Utilisation of REDCap for Public Health Response: Lessons Learnt - Conference $2,000
H. P. Child Health APLS Australia Conference $1,920
J. W. Physiotherapy, Toowoomba Hospital Workshop: Focus on Helping therapists to minimise lower limb impairments post-stroke $1,440
T. H. A&TSI Health Worker, Indigenous Health NAATSIHWP Professional Development Symposium $2,095
L. M. Sonographer, Toowoomba Hospital 1 Day Course on Ultrasound of the Lower Limbs $1,074
Z. W. AODS, Cherbourg 7th National Social and Emotional Wellbeing Forum $2,000
L. G. AODS, Cherbourg 7th National Social and Emotional Wellbeing Forum $2,000
R. O. Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Department Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course $1,920
S. S. Toowoomba Oral Health ADAQ Certificate III in Dental Assisting $1,450
C. C. A/CN Bladder Cancer, Urology USANZ and ANZUNS Urology Conference $1,450
S. B. HP4 Emanual Kanal's MRI Safety Course $1,835
S. A. Advanced Cardiac Scientist HP5 ANZ Cardiac Scientist HP4 $443
K. N. Toowoomba Oral Health Certificate III in Dental Assisting $1,450
S. S. Toowoomba Oral Health Certificate III in Dental Assisting $1,450
A. R. Medical Imaging MRI Safety Course $2000
D. H. Toowoomba Oral Health Certificate III in Dental Assisting $1,450
H. W. BreastScreen BreastScreen Australia Conference $2,000
Total $86,816.66

Equipment & Facilities Enhancement

Application and Area Item Requested Amount
Women's & Children's Services 2 x Breastfeeding chairs $1,200
Mortuary Attendant Outdoor table $2,743.40
Jacaranda Unit Message Chair - Jacaranda Unit $2,495
Mental Health WIFI for Mental Health (Part Funding $50k Mental Health funds) $33,781.70
Mental Health WIFI for Mental Health (Part Funding $50k Mental Health funds) $50,000
Medical Imaging 2 x Philips Sparq Ultrasound Point of Care probes $23,598
Medical Unit 3 Roller Blinds for room 1 - 12 $11,180
BreastScreen 5 x Dell Monitors and 5 x Dell OptiPlex $8,802.75
Ward 6D 5 stools $1,245
SASS and Emergency Department Clothes $2,000
BreastScreen Foam wedges $741.40
Ward 6D 5 stools $1,245
SASS and Emergency Department Clothes $2,000
BreastScreen Foam wedges $741.40
Ward 6D 23 Bar fridges for Ward 6D (Oncology) $5,612
Physiotherapy SOZO Machine $19,285
Radiography Skeleton for practical demonstration of radiographic positioning $351.65
Endoscopy Unit Olympus Duodenoscope $48,319.83
Paediatrics Unit 2 x ensuites for single room and pan room $180,000
Volunteer Program Patient Transport Golf Buggy $24,675
ADTW Portable ECG Machine $2,513.69
Nursing & Midwifery Education & Research ECG Rhythm Simulator $7,586.52
Qld Rural Generalist Pathway Clinical Female Pelvic Trainer $5,857.50
Emergency Department Smiley Scope VR Goggles $6,270
Midwifery Bladder Scanner Workstation, system and printer kit $16,951
Midwifery Lifepack 15 Defibrillator $32,229.65
Medical Unit 1 10 High Back Chairs and 18 Tray Tables $11,792.10
Taroom Hospital Neonatal Resuscitation Panda Warmer $30,360
Phillips Ward, Warwick Hospital 2 x Talley-Quattro Plus MRS Mattresses $12,017.50
Clinical Measurements, Kobi House EEG Machine $26,440
Phillips Ward, Warwick Hospital Bladder Scanner $16,951
Critical Care Ward MEQU Blood Warmer $7,524
Ridley Unit, Baillie Henderson Hospital Christmas Gifts for patients $1,440
Goondiwindi Hospital Design for playground $3,200
COHS 3 x Sectionall Electric Medical Table $2,899
Ultrasound, Medical Imaging Thermal Paper Supplies to print foetal ultrasound images $2,500
Paediatrics Unit GE Bilisoft 2.0 Phototherapy System $8,613.66
Medical Unit 3 7 x Welch Allyn Vital Signs Monitors $38,205
Goondiwindi Hospital Nitrous Delivery System $17,479.53
Central Sterilising Department MDCD Kangaroo Medical Drying Cabinet $26,000
Warwick Hospital 5 x Welch Allyn Connex Vital Signs Monitors $27,099.32
Dalby Hospital Alaris PK Nexus Syringe Driver $4,238
Midwifery Educators PROMPT Global Training Package $20,000
Chinchilla Hospital 5 Lt Devilbiss Oxygen Concentrator $2,027.49
Total $750,212.09

Research

Application and Area Item Requested Amount
M.B. THF/2023 R1 - 05: Bilateral scaphoid symmetrt: comparative geometry and volume Increase to Research Budget $3,571.10
D.R. Novice Researcher How do clinicians sustain research activity alongside clinical workload? $5,220
G.P. Novice Researcher Effect of Computer-based upper limb therapy delivered using AbleX for acute stroke patients: A randomised controlled trial. $15,423
Total $24,214.10

Scholarship

Application and Area Item Requested Amount
Master of Nursing - Majoring in Advanced Practice Increase to Research Budget $5,000
J. J. MAPU Graduate Certificate in Leadership (Health and Human Services) $2,843.60
A. S. Central Sterilisation Services Department Certificate III in Sterilisation $3,170
R. T. Toowoomba Hospital Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing - Acute Care Nursing $5,700
C. C. Community Care Allied Health Master of Dementia $6,500
S. B. Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Clinical Education) $4,308
Total $27,521.60

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