Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    WA researchers set to regrow skulls

    2/11/2015 6:30 AM
    • Nine WA health and medical projects share in nearly $2m of research funding
    • Grants for projects to improve the cost effectiveness and efficiency of the public health system  

    Western Australian researchers will help patients needing cranial reconstructions to regrow parts of their own skulls as part of a radical new procedure that involves human stem cells and advanced 3-D printing technology.


    The procedure is being funded with the help of a State Government research grant and will be performed at Royal Perth Hospital on patients whose skulls have been severely damaged or who have had a piece of skull removed to enable brain surgery or relieve pressure caused by swelling of the brain.


    Announcing the 2015 Research Translation Projects (RTP) grants, Health Minister Kim Hames said the work had the potential to transform cranial reconstructions and health outcomes for head injury patients as well as provide significant cost savings by reducing complications and surgical time.


    "This project highlights some of the innovative and groundbreaking research that is under way in WA's public health system, and the commitment of the Government to supporting this crucial work," Dr Hames said.


    The Minister said the latest round of funding had attracted a strong and diverse field of applicants from which nine projects had been selected to share in nearly $2 million of grant money.


    The funding program, now in its ninth year, is designed to encourage research and the translation of research outcomes into effective health care policy and practice.


    The program highlights how research can improve patient outcomes yet at the same time enhance efficiency and cost effectiveness in the public health system.


    Fact File

    • Projects funded under the RTP program must be completed within two years
    • All applications for funding are reviewed by an eight-member selection panel
    • For more information, visit http://www.health.wa.gov.au
    • List of recipients is below 

    Minister's office - 6552 5300


    Coordinating Principal Investigator (CPI)CPI InstitutionProject Title
    Association Professor Tim InglisPathWestValidation and impact assessment of a flow-assisted antibiotic susceptibility test (FAST) for clinical laboratory use
    Association Professor Alexander JohnUWAEffectiveness of integrating cognitive remediation and individual placement and support programmes on occupational, cognitive and healthcare outcomes in people with schizophrenia
    Dr Alan KopRPHCranial reconstruction using Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (MSC) and a bio-ceramic scaffold, a Phase II study
    Professor Sharon ParkerUWASuccess in the operating theatre: multidisciplinary pre-operative briefings for efficiency, patient safety and staff engagement
    Professor Suzanne RaeFiona Wood FoundationLaser - the earlier the better?
    Dr Jonathan SpiroRPHImpact of Rapid Access to cardiology Determined multi-modality testing among individuals presenting with new onset chest pain: improving quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness at Royal Perth Hospital: The RADICAL project
    Dr Amanda StaffordRPH/ LinearMethamphetamine addiction: Is Baclofen effective in suppressing methamphetamine cravings? Functional MRI patterns of brain activation in Baclofen vs placebo treated methamphetamine addicts
    Association Professor Alistair VickeryUWAPrimary care type emergency department presentations - definition and cost-effective design
    Dr Bradley WibrowSCGHProphylactic administration of melatonin for the prevention of delirium in intensive care units - a randomised placebo controlled trial (Pro-MEDIC study)