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These stories chronicle some of the exceptional highlights at Mater for 2009. They can be filtered using the category links in the menu to the right.

23-Hour Unit opened in Mater Children’s Hospital

The new Mater Children’s Hospitals’ (MCH) 23-Hour Unit officially opened on 19 January 2009.

Answering the questions surrounding unexplained stillbirth

Mater researchers are gradually uncovering the mystery surrounding unexplained fetal death in Australia.

Australian private hospital first at Mater

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane became the first private hospital in Australia to treat a rare and previously untreatable brain aneurysm in March under the hand of interventional neuroradiologist, Dr Hal Rice.

Cuddles make a difference

A joint initiative between Mater Volunteers Services and Mater Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is proving that non-clinical human touch can play an important part in caring for children in hospital.

Dedicated to medication safety

In 2009, as part of an organisation-wide commitment to maximise safety related to the use of medications in hospital, Mater’s Pharmacy Services team developed a specialised Medication Safety & Quality Unit.

Equipment provides much-needed help

Staff from across Mater’s hospitals and departments banded together in 2009 to donate much-needed medical equipment and supplies to disadvantaged foreign hospitals.

Eye spy an Australian hospital first

In an Australian first, Mater Mothers’ Hospitals (MMH) neonatal nurses are conducting retinal photography on premature babies for ophthalmic examinations.

Gallery of minds

Mater is using art to help young mental health patients connect with their thoughts and feelings and express them in new ways.

Hand Hygiene campaign launched at Mater Adult Hospital

Three simple words–wash your hands–headlined one of Mater Adult Hospital’s most intense campaigns of 2009.

High fat diet produces positive results for young epilepsy sufferers

A group of Queensland children with epilepsy is responding well to the high fat, very low protein and carbohydrate “ketogenic diet” first discovered in the 1920s.

International accreditation for cord blood bank

In July 2009, the Queensland Cord Blood Bank at Mater was awarded accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).

Mater “twilight” series a hit

Just like a Hollywood blockbuster, Mater’s twilight sessions “Encouraging Diversity: Challenging the Concept of Difference” were a hit with the announcement on 29 October that the series was a finalist in the 2009 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service Delivery.

Mater CYMHS experts produce “Black Saturday” therapist resource

Mater Child and Youth Mental Health Service Director Professor Brett McDermott and Clinical Psychologist Dr Vanessa Cobham have developed a therapist resource for children and adolescents suffering from post traumatic stress following the 2009 Victorian bushfire disaster.

Mater delivers on its promise of exceptional care

Mater scored top marks in its first organisation-wide review by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS), undertaken in November 2009.

Mater Foundation celebrates 20th anniversary

Mater Foundation celebrated 20 years of supporting exceptional people and exceptional care at Mater in April 2009.

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