The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation


TPCH Charlie’s week is on the week 16 -20 October


Charlie’s week is coming up in October, celebrating all things good about the Prince Charles Hospital with a range of activities and Guest speakers organised across the week.

To find out what’s on, check out the timetable here.

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Volunteers needed for Ekka Strawberry Sundaes


Have you got the scooper power?

Each year The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation raise vital funds through the legendary EKKA Strawberry Sunday Stalls. With the help generous volunteers, we sell enough EKKA Strawberry Sundaes to power thousands of hours of medical research to tackle some of Australia’s most debilitating chronic illnesses - right here at The Prince Charles Hospital.

At last year's EKKA we had a goal to sell enough EKKA Strawberry Sundaes to support 4,000 hours of research - with an amazing effort from all of our volunteers we were able to raise 3,800 of research hours!

This year we are hoping, with your help, we will reach and surpass our 4,000 hour goal!

To do this we will need: 

  • 6.2 Tonnes of Fresh Queensland Strawberries
  • 830 litres of fresh cream
  • 22,500 litres of LICK ice cream
  • The helping hands of 3,000 volunteers like you! we can’t do it without you!

Why volunteer?

The EKKA is synonymous with Strawberry Sundaes, it’s a Queensland institution!

When you volunteer at the TPCH Foundation EKKA Strawberry Sundae Stall you will not only receive FREE ENTRY into the EKKA on the day of your volunteering AND a free Strawberry Sundae! You will be powering life-saving research at The Prince Charles Hospital – research that has helped to save the lives of people like Rebecca Craven – You can see Bec’s remarkable story here

So, how can you get involved?

Well, we still require over 600 volunteers to assist us with shifts from 4:45pm – 10pm on each day of the EKKA.


Friday 11th August – Sunday 20th August


RNA, Brisbane Showgrounds

600 Gregory Terrace

Bowen Hills, QLD 4006

So, if you can assist please either head to our Volunteer Page to volunteer for the EKKA and submit your application or alternatively contact the us at

It is also possible to register a team for this event so please email us in order to sign up.

We really need your help and appreciate your support!

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Register now for 2017 Cycle of Giving


The annual Cycle of Giving fundraising ride is on March 5th 2017, and this year our goal is to raise $200,000. Register now to ride 100km, 65km or 25km on one of the most beautiful bike rides through South East Queensland, with starting locations from Landsborough, Caboolture and Redcliffe.

There are 1300 Australians on the waiting list for a new organ, but there aren’t enough donated organs to give these deserving people a second chance at life. The key to closing this gap is through research; research right here at The Prince Charles Hospital. Register today to get involved and help power the next important discovery.

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100 Volunteers needed for Cycle of Giving


On Sunday March 5th 2017, more than 1000 riders will pedal to power medical discoveries. Riders will cycle 100, 65 or 25 kilometres all finishing at The Prince Charles Hospital in Chermside, and we will need over 100 volunteers to make sure they get there safely. We need you to help out!

Volunteers will be needed to:
•    Set up & pack down at the three starting locations: Landsborough, Caboolture and Redcliffe
•    Set up & pack down at the finish line at The Prince Charles Hospital in Chermside
•    Cyclist Shepherds/Human Navmans. You’ll provide direction and encouragement to the riders on the route as a road marshal.
•    Refreshment Specialists. Ensure our cyclists get their beverages and snacks in a timely manner at start and finish lines!

Are you the right fit for the job?
•    You’re healthy. Our volunteers (especially at set up locations) will need to be able to help lift and carry heavy items
•    You’re fine on your feet. Road marshals will be stationed on the route for up to five hours – we’ll provide refreshments and sun care (and you’re welcome to bring chairs), but it’s important you’ll be fine on the route for an extended period of time!
•    You’re upbeat and ready to encourage our riders! A huge part of the role is helping our cyclists to have a great day and feel inspired to keep pedalling (even up those huge hills)

If this sounds like you and you have a few spare hours on Sunday March 5th 2017 to help make the Cycle of Giving our best event yet, head here to register.

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Charlie's Golf Day 2016


Registrations are now open for The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation Annual Charity Golf Day! This year marks 28 years since The Prince Charles Hospital hosted the very first annual charity golf day, and since then it has helped to raise crucial funds to power thousands of hours of life-saving medical research – and all with a round of golf.

Join us on Friday the 14th of October 2016 at Virginia Golf Club for a round of golf (4-ball Ambrose), a BBQ lunch, buffet dinner and plenty of competitions and prizes throughout the day. Individual player registrations start at $65 a head, so to secure your spot please contact our team on 3139 4636 or via

You can read more about the kind of research Charlie's Golf Day supports here.


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TPCH Health Discoveries Forum 2016 – Call for Abstracts


This year, The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) annual Health Discoveries Forum will be incorporated into TPCH week, 17 to 21 October 2016.  

The Health Discoveries Forum will focus on innovation in health care, with abstracts from all health care areas considered.  

Both Novice and Experienced researchers are invited to submit abstracts which will be considered for poster and / or oral presentation.  
Leading abstracts will be invited to present in the afternoon of Tuesday 18th October or Wednesday 19th October in a short 3 minute thesis format (with further information to be provided on acceptance of abstract).
The best of the best will be asked to expand on their presentation in the final on the morning of Friday 21st October where prizes will be awarded.



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Guinness World Record attempt set by Queensland students!


On the 12th of August, we were proud to support the official Guinness World Record attempt for the largest practical science lesson. More than 3000 students from dozens of different schools around Queensland came together at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre for a special kind of school day; a world record attempt.

Students from primary through to high school got involved in a range of science activities, ranging from presentations on drones and magnets, to a special lesson by our very own Professor John Fraser. Assisted by young researchers Andrew Stephens and Eric Wu, Professor Fraser explained to the students how the heart works and changes speed throughout the day, when we do things like run around or even just stand up. He then demonstrated some of the incredible technology utilised at TPCH to help save hearts and lungs; much to the amazement of the captive audience.

Organised as part of National Science Week, Queensland Department of Science was able to set the official Guinness World Record for the largest practical science lesson.
Congratulations to everyone involved the incredible effort and organisation that went into planning the day!


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Get EKKA-cited! One month to go!


The strawberries are growing, the ice cream is in the freezer, and our volunteers are gearing up for 10 days of excitement at this year’s Royal Queensland Show! Every year The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation sells the EKKA Strawberry Sundaes, and we’re now less than a month out from the event.

While it’s easy to get distracted by the food and amusements, it’s really about one thing for us: supporting our researchers and raising crucial funds to help them carry out their life-saving work. We have an incredible team of both young and experienced clinicians, doctors and engineers at the hospital that dedicate their entire careers to improving treatments for patients, and look into some of the biggest medical mysteries we’re faced with every day.

Whether it’s looking into better ways to transplant lungs, discovering new heart disease treatments or pioneering a world-first brain scan for early detection of dementia, every ice cream you buy this year is going to a good cause. We hope to sell enough Strawberry Sundaes in 2016 to power over 4,000 hours of medical research.

We still need plenty of volunteers to help with the event (particularly the night shifts), so if you can spare a few hours between August 5th and 14th we would love to have you on board! Head to our website to register!

Register your interest now.

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Kicking off for organ donation


This Saturday join us for a friendly game of soccer, with the Transplant Australia Football Club versing staff and researchers from The Prince Charles and Princess Alexandra Hospitals. For just a small donation, you can come along and support both sides of the game; those celebrating their second chance at life, and those working hard saving lives.

Organ donation still remains a major priority in Australia, with up to 1,500 people on the transplant waiting list at any one time. The only way we can battle these statistics is by increasing awareness and focussing our efforts on researching new organ transplant technologies.

The Transplant Australia Football team match commences at 5pm and will be the curtain raiser for the Brisbane City and Western Pride Australian Premier League match, at Spencer Park Newmarket. A portion of the proceeds from the match will be going to crucial organ transplant research at The Prince Charles Hospital.

We hope to see you there!

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Life & Times with Kerry O'Brien


There are few people who can claim they’ve had as an exciting career as Kerry O’Brien. The renowned journalist of fifty years has been around the world for his work, interviewing the likes of Nelson Mandela, Bette Midler and Robin Williams for his roles on The 7:30 Report and Four Corners.

The Foundation was fortunate enough to have Mr O’Brien join us as keynote speaker for our Life & Times Function last week. Hosted by board chair Bernard Curran, it included corporate partners, friends and supporters of The Common Good, all coming together to hear about the incredible leadership and inspiring journey of Kerry O’Brien.  Mr O'Brien was also announced as a new ambassador for our initiative, The Common Good.

Guests were also able to hear about some of the breakthrough, life-changing research being carried out by Dr Eamonn Eeles. Collaborating with CSIRO and other major stakeholders, Dr Eeles is part of a major dementia research project, looking at new ways to scan for early onset of the horrible disease.

A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in the planning and running of the event, and a special thanks to BDO, Hentley Farm and Dello Mano, for providing the venue, refreshments and small gifts for all of our guests.

You can read more about Dr Eeles’ dementia research and support the project here.


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Join us in the ultimate Race Against Time


Remember the star of The Unforgettable Run, Richard Bettles? Last year he completed the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc, an ultramarathon run throughout the French, Italian and Swiss Alps regarded as one of the most difficult runs of all time. This was all done in the name of dementia research, raising nearly a thoursand hours of research time.

Well, Richard is back this year, and taking part in one of the most prestigious trail runs known to man. The Western States Endurance Run is a 161-kilometre (100 mile) race that takes part in California, with only 68% of its participants making it to the finish line in 2015. Richard is one of the 3% of applicants that have been chosen to take part this year, and he’s training to complete it in less than 24 hours.

He hopes to raise enough to fund 700 hours of dementia research, and he needs you to help make it happen. Join Richard and researchers in the ultimate Race Against Time, to help battle a disease that will take hold of nearly 1 million Australians by 2050.

You can find out more about this race and how you can get involved here.

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Just 60 days until the EKKA!


There is less than two months to go until the annual Royal Queensland Show, also known as the EKKA! We will be back again this year serving up the iconic Strawberry Sundaes to help raise money for The Common Good.

Last year we sold over 130,000 Strawberry Sundaes, raising money to fund more than 3700 hours of crucial medical research! This worked out to be about 19,000 litres of delicious LICK! Ice cream (or 85 bathtubs!), 140,000 fresh wafer cones, 10 tonnes of home-grown Queensland strawberries and 1900 litres of fresh cream. Wow!

We couldn’t have done it without the dedicated support of nearly 3,000 volunteers, and this year we need YOU to sign up to be a part of this important event. If you have a few hours to scoop ice cream and help battle chronic disease, head to our website and register your interest to become one of our amazing EKKA volunteers!

Register your interest here.


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2016 New Investigator Grants Announced


Congratulations to the next round of successful young researchers who received a New Investigator Grant.

Chief Investigator

Project Title

Miss Tiffany Jong

Safe and effective dosing and therapeutic monitoring of intravenous tobramycin: a challenge for the ageing adult cystic fibrosis population

Ms Nicoletta Balletti 

Characterisation of the interaction between blood and an LVAD used for right ventricular support

Miss Hannah O'Farrell  Changes in the lung microbiome during acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Mr Trent Donnelly 

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and Development Of Diaphragm Atrophy.

Mr William Crawford  Impact of fluid volume resuscitation on nitric oxide-induced oxidative stress and cardiac dysfunction in an ovine septic shock model
Dr Kristopher Jon Skeggs Endothelin Blockade in an Ovine Model of Brainstem Death (BD) using Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP)
Ms Sanne Engkilde   Development of methods to manufacture and characterise cold stored and cryopreserved sheep platelets for use in transfusion models to inform improvements in clinical practice
Dr Cheng He  Development of an ovine model of dilated left ventricle heart failure to expand research capabilities in the field of cardiology and mechanical assist devices.
Mr Giuliano Giacoppo The OpenHeart Project
Ms Angela Girnghuber The effect of varying rotary blood pump speed by modulating frequency on blood-compatibility
Ms Sandra Miles Fast screening of patients that present to the emergency department following a fall: a feasibility and prevalence study


To see some of the fantastic work previous New Investigators have been doing, head to The Common Good.


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2016 Door Knock - Call for Volunteers!


On 7 May 2016, The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation will be running their first community door knock appeal. We will be calling on the local community to come together and support their local hospital.

Date:     7 May 2016
Time:     9:00am - 2:00pm
Format:     Arrive at The Prince Charles Hospital for briefing
Merlo Coffee and fruit to kickstart the day
Teams will be allocated and doorknocking begins
Once completed, return to TPCH for a Sausage Sizzle BBQ

All funds raised from this appeal will directly contribute to the hospital’s innovative dementia research project – aiming to detect this disease decades before symptoms occur. Everyday our doctors, nurses, physicians and researchers are working on new ways to prevent, detect and treat chronic illness - but they need our support to continue this life changing work.

To sign up, head here and fill out the expression of interest form.

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Experienced Researcher Grants - Opening April 1st


Our Experienced Researcher Grants are designed to help support strategic, world-class, sophisticated research on The Prince Charles Hospital Campus or in significant partnership with The Prince Charles Hospital and its associated programs.

These grants will open for applications on Friday April 1st 2016, closing on Friday May 20th 2016.

To find out more information or apply for an Experienced Research Grant, please visit our Researcher Hub for more information.

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Pedalling to power medical research


Thank you to everyone who was involved in this year’s Cycle of Giving. 709 riders and over 3,000 research hours funded; the Cycle of Giving 2016 was our most successful event yet and we couldn’t have done it without you!

On Sunday the 28th of February, the Cycle of Giving participants donned their Lycra and helmets to take part in a 100, 65 or 25km ride raising funds for crucial organ transplant research. The pack was led by event founder Mary Long, who was proud of everyone's efforts on the day. Her enthusiasm was definitely shared by the whole group.

Battling a tough headwind, the first participants arrived at The Prince Charles Hospital just over 3 hours after the first horn blew, happy to be welcomed by support of their family and friends! The rest of the pack started to arrive not long after, met by the tunes of the Brisbane Irish Pipe Band.  Riders and their families were lucky enough to enjoy free Merlo coffee, a complimentary sausage sizzle ran by NAB and plenty of snacks and refreshments donated by supporters Schweppes, Mountain Dew Spring Water and Simon George & Sons.

One of the projects being supported by this year’s fundraising is that of Kenneth Sinclair, who was there on the day to help set up and cheer riders over the line. His research will benefit lung transplant recipients such as participant Sinclair Newey, who was our second highest fundraiser of the year. The two were able to meet and talk about Kenneth’s incredible research which focuses on stem cell therapy for lungs both pre- and post-transplant.

Well done to everyone who participated in this year’s event and helped us to raise funds and awareness for organ donation and transplant research. We would also like to thank our major sponsors Merlo Coffee and McAndrew Property Group, and supporter Queensland Rail, for coming on board and making the Cycle of Giving such a successful event. You are helping to carry on a fantastic legacy that Mary and Mal Long can be proud of. We’ll see you at the start line for next year’s Cycle of Giving!

P.S. You can check out our fundraising totals on our website, or view the latest Cycle of Giving photos on our Facebook page!


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Mending Broken Hearts on Valentine's Day


A ground breaking medical research project hopes to increase the number of hearts available for transplant by 40% by bringing hearts back to life. On Sunday 14th February, a day when people are expressing their love for each other, a team of researchers, surgeons, engineers and nurses came together to begin trials on new technology to make more donor hearts available and also reboot hearts previously not considered viable.

Professor John Fraser from The Prince Charles Hospital Critical Care Research Group says currently, donor hearts are stored and transported on ice, but they do not receive a constant oxygen supply but that’s about to change,” We have been donated an experimental machine from Vivoline (Sweden) that supplies the donor heart with oxygen during storage and transport, while keeping it cold and reducing the amount of work it needs to perform – all of which contributes to reducing donor heart injury”.

“In a country as vast as Australia, time is of the essence. Using these innovative techniques hearts can be retrieved from vast distances. This allows not only more patients to benefit from the generosity of donor’s families and receive transplants but for those transplanted hearts to perform better allowing our patients to live happier and healthier lives”.

“Once we understand the complete potential we will have more hearts available for transplant and hopefully a reduction in deaths in recipients waiting for heart transplants”.

Teams from Prince Charles Hospital, will collaborate with Professor McGiffen’s team from the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and Professor Peter McDonald’s team from St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney

Find out more here.

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Making More Lungs Available


This year’s Cycle of Giving will be powering the work of one of our young researchers; Kenneth Sinclair.

Currently, there are close to 1600 Australians on the waiting list for organ and tissue transplants. Of these, up to 200 are waiting for a lung transplant, and plenty more lung disease sufferers need to be put on the waiting list. In the meantime, every breath they take can be a struggle, and so it’s important we figure out better ways to source and transplant organs.

Ken looks specifically at lungs, and wants to close the gap between people needing transplants and the number of organs available. He says there are three ways his project looks to fix this:
1.    By increasing the life of donated organs
2.    By reducing the number of people who need transplants
3.    By building organs from scratch

One way in which the number of individuals who require a transplant can be reduced is by treating their underlying condition. The challenge is some diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis have no known cause and the development of effective therapies is thereby made very difficult – how can you prevent something, if you don’t know what’s causing it?

Ken’s research suggests some of these diseases are caused by the deficiency or dysregulation of stem cells which reside within the lung. There are two key types of cells that can be found in your lungs; structural cells (that make up the ‘house’ of the lungs) and functional cells (that control everything that goes on inside them).

By researching the relationship between structural and functional cells in lungs, he believes he can treat the untreatable. While previously scientists thought the structural cells were purely there to keep the lungs in place, they’ve found that these cells (known as mesenchymal stem cells) are actually in charge of giving the functional cells instructions; kind of like a foreman on a building site.

For unknown reasons, some individuals appear to have an inherently reduced number of mesenchymal stem cells within their lungs. As a result, all the functional cells become uncoordinated and behave incorrectly giving rise to disease. This raises the question, “if stem cell deficiency causes disease; can replenishing the lung with stem cells reverse disease?”

Ken says funding is important, because “it’s about bridging the gap between what we have and what we need”.

Click here to hear Ken speak about the project.

Get involved in this year's Cycle of Giving to help raise funds for this study! Just $44 powers one whole hour of research. Click here to register for the event, or find out other ways to volunteer or donate.

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It's back - 2016 Cycle of Giving!


In 2014, there were 79 heart transplants in Australia. Ten years earlier, one of these heart recipients was Mal Long; a Chermside local who was lucky enough to undergo this difficult surgery that helped to extend his life. As a way of giving back (to the doctors, researchers and other staff who made this surgery possible) Mal’s wife Mary began a charity event; the Cycle of Giving.

Fast forward to 2016, and the Cycle of Giving will be celebrating its 11th birthday. The event has grown from 16 participants, to more than 700 taking part in the 25, 65 or 100 kilometre legs of the ride. Each year the ride gets bigger, generating more and more crucial funds for organ transplant research at The Prince Charles Hospital.

In 2016, all funds raised will be supporting young researcher Kenneth Sinclair’s project, looking at stem cell therapy for pre- and post-operative lung transplant patients. It will not only help organ recipients to live longer, more fulfilling lives, but it also may help to make more organs available for those that need them – hopefully reducing the often lengthy wait for a transplant.

The Cycle of Giving has grown from its humble beginnings into a fantastic legacy, promoting organ donation and life-saving organ transplant research. You can get involved by riding, volunteering or donating at



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2015 Christmas Appeal


It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

For most people. This Christmas, thousands of Australians will be suffering from chronic illness and miss out on spending the time with their family. In 2013, one of those people was Linda Warton.

After contracting what she thought was a simple cold, she slipped into an unexpected coma. It turns out she was suffering from Legionnaires Disease – a type of bacterial pneumonia that can be fatal if not treated correctly. She was transferred from Nambour Hospital to The Prince Charles Hospital to undergo treatment and continued to be monitored while she was in a coma.
For the weeks leading up to Christmas, her family planned visits and waited by the phone, fearing the worst. Luckily thanks to her treatment, she was able to wake up before Christmas and spend the day with her husband. This isn’t the case for a lot of people who suffer from lung diseases or other chronic illnesses.

This Christmas, we are hoping to raise $150,000 for important medical research, so we can help more people like Linda. Just $44 powers one hour of research, and can mean the world of difference to those suffering from chronic illness.

With people power, we can help more people make it home for Christmas this year. See how you can help here.


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