Site visits on Tuesday 9 October

All site visits will take place on Tuesday, 9 October 2018. They will depart and return to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Places for all site visits are strictly limited and must be confirmed well ahead of the Congress due to hospital security requirements – book early to avoid disappointment.


If you are a registered delegate, please click here to submit your booking request. Site visits are not included in Congress registration and must be booked and paid for in advance. Once your booking request is received and processed, you will receive an invoice for immediate payment with options including credit card and direct deposit. 

If you have not yet registered for the Congress, you can select the site visits via the online registration form. Only registered delegates can attend the site visits. 

If you have any questions about the site visits, please contact the Congress Organisers, Iceberg Events


Time: 7:30am – 12.30pm
Tour duration: 5 hours
Maximum participants: 30
Cost: $AUD50pp SOLD OUT

Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) is one of Australia’s leading tertiary referral teaching hospitals. The hospital’s vision is to be renowned worldwide for excellence in healthcare, teaching and research.

This tour will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about Princess Alexandra 5Hospital, Metro South Hospital and Health Service and the hospital’s journey to becoming Australia’s first largescale Digital Hospital. The tour will visit the Translational Research Institute and provide a tour behind the scenes.

PAH provides care in most major adult specialties including acute medical, surgical, mental health, cancer, rehabilitation and allied health services. It is home to a number of state-wide services including the Queensland Spinal Cord Injuries Service and the Queensland Liver Transplant Service.

Established in 1956, the PAH has a long history of clinical excellence and innovation. It is internationally recognised for its expertise in transplantation and trauma management and is Queensland’s major centre for liver, kidney, bone, cartilage and cornea transplants.

The hospital plays a leading role in medical research and is a key partner of Queensland’s Translational Research Institute, which is based on the PAH campus.

In November 2015, PAH became Australia’s first largescale Digital Hospital, with the successful roll-out of a fully electronic medical record across the organisation, along with integrated digital systems and devices. PAH is now the exemplar site for Australia in the successful implementation of Digital Hospital technology.

PAH was the first hospital in Australia to receive the prestigious Magnet® designation and was recently redesignated for a third time. Magnet® is an international program recognising ongoing commitment to the highest quality clinical care and leadership.

Further information about the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Translational Research Institute is available at:



Time: 8.30am – 10.30am
Tour duration: 2 hours
Maximum participants: 10
Cost: $AUD50pp SOLD OUT

Situated in the vibrant South Bank precinct in the heart of Brisbane, the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is an award-winning facility incorporating nature, environment and a vibrant art collection to help deliver a hospital experience that is not only therapeutic and comfortable, but also fun and engaging.

The tour takes in the patient journey from Emergency through the hospital’s renowned Imaging, Burns and Rehab units. Along the way, guides will share how a family-centred approach to care is at the heart of everything we do, from our integrated Arts-in-health program and significant on-site NGO and clinical support partnerships, to innovative digital initiatives to enhance the patient and family experience.

The tour concludes with a visit to the adjacent Centre for Children’s Health Research, a nine-level integrated hub of specialist knowledge facilitating collaborative and world-class paediatric and adolescent research projects with our partners.  

Further information about the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and the Centre for Children’s Health Research is available at:



Time: 9:15am – 12:45pm
Tour duration: 3.5 hours

The Critical Care Research Group (CCRG), is a multi -disciplinary research group focus on improving treatment and support for the critically ill. Based in Australia’s leading cardiothoracic hospital, The Prince Charles Hospital, it consists of 3 streams (Engineering, Science, and Clinical) and 7 purpose-built laboratories. CCRG is currently the biggest group of its kind in Australasia, with more than 70 full time members. Since it was established in 2004, CCRG has received >$30 million in research funding and published an average of 40+ papers a year.

The group was awarded the first National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in mechanical assisted devices, and through the CRE, established an extensive collaborative network with other research institutions and industry partners. This is further supported by the Queensland Government through the BIONICS initiative and University of Queensland Strategic Fund. Currently, CCRG has active resident collaborators across 6 continents and have hosted researchers and friends from > 20 countries.

The silo-free approach of CCRG are well-illustrated in its studies. One of its ongoing project - The Dead Heart project – is a 5 years, $6 million study aims to improve the quality and quantity of donor hearts available for transplant. It is a joint-research projects between the three major cardiac transplant centres in Australia. A second project – The Future ICU project – is an attempt to create next generation, patient-centric ICU bedspace. It is led by experts of various backgrounds (clinicians, nurses, physiotherapists, speech pathologists etc.) partnered with industries (Lendlease). Other projects include Ventricular Assisted Device (VADs), Heart Failure (HF), Coagulation/Haemolysis, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), Extra-corporeal Life Support (ECLS, e.g. ECMO, CPB) and OXYBAR (high-flow navel oxygen study).

This tour will provide an opportunity to witness this unique collaborative culture of the group through visiting the Innovative Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology Lab (ICETLAB), Scientific and Translational Research Lab (STARLAB) and the Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF) where clinically relevant large animal experiments are performed.

Throughout the tour you will be able to speak to the researchers to hear their research and the research impact they are achieving.

In CCRG, we strongly believe that if we have success, it is the multi-disciplinary nature of the group, from science students to professors. We find that the broader the range of abilities, backgrounds and ages, the better the research, which ultimately leads to better outcomes for patients. That is what keeps us excited to work on these diverse and complex problems.

Further information about the Critical Care Research Group is available at:



Time: 3:45pm – 7:15pm
Tour duration: 3 hours
Maximum participants: 30
Cost: $AUD50pp


Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) is the Queensland University of Technology’s largest research institute with more than 1,300 members representing a broad spectrum of disciplines including medical practitioners, biomedical scientists, nurses, psychologists, public health experts, optometrists, exercise physiologists and biomedical engineers. 25

This tour will provide an opportunity to gain insights in transdisciplinary research conducted at IHBI.

Presentations will focus on research in multiple facets of cancer, from genetic and biological studies dealing with onset and early diagnosis to helping people live healthy lives following treatment. Researchers will also discuss emergency health, robotics and orthopaedics, health economics and the hospital of the future.

The tour will conclude with an opportunity to network with and talk to the researchers.

Further information about the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation is available at: