Wormald supports new Queensland Skin Culture Centre

By Andy Ellis, President, Tyco Integrated Fire & Security, Pacific

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From left to right:  Brian Cohalan, Brian Gordon, Jason Edgley, Peter Treseder AM (back centre), Andy Ellis (centre front), Brian Cuffe, Dr Michael Muller (right front),
Clare Singleton, Rachell Buckley

On August 20, Wormald executives, including myself, were privileged to be a part of an exclusive tour of the newly constructed Queensland Skin Culture Centre (QSCC) at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH).

This revolutionary facility aims to provide a better quality of life for burns patients by growing their own skin cells in a lab.  The QSCC will grow the top layer of the patient’s skin (the epidermis). This cultured skin can be life-saving as it reduces the likelihood of rejection, provides earlier wound closure, decreases infection, reduces pain (as fewer surgeries are required) and its use delivers faster recovery times enabling the patient to leave hospital earlier to return to their home.

The QSCC laboratory is aiming to start growing skin in late 2015 to enable RBWH to provide this service to its burns patients. Acting Director of RBWH Burns Unit Dr Muller and his team have huge ambitions for this project and hope to advance research in the facility to develop a method of growing full-thickness skin with all the elements of hair, tissue and muscle.

Wormald has more than 125 years of experience in fire safety and has been a major supporter in the area of burns since 2004. In 2012, Wormald pledged $150,000 to support the QSCC over three years, which has been invaluable to Dr Muller and his team in supporting this area of research.

The Professor Stuart Pegg Adult Burns Centre at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital treats approximately 450 burns patients from Queensland and northern New South Wales each year— more adult patients than any other hospital in Australia—and is internationally recognised for having the best patient outcomes in the world

The tour was an opportunity to experience first-hand, the inspiring work that the team do and Wormald is incredibly proud to be contributing to this fantastic world-class facility, helping medical professionals and researchers carry out their vital work to assist burns patients achieve better outcomes.

To find out more information on the RBWH and the Queensland Skin Culture Centre, please visit their website at http://www.rbwhfoundation.com.au/