NSLHD News 1 October 2021

RNSH and Kolling drivE leading arthritis and back pain research A Centre for Research

be working to confirm the best options for symptom relief, with the least risk of side effects,” she said. “As the lead national site, we’ll be expanding our national registry and biospecimens collection and our rheumatology research community. This will put us in the best position to broaden our understanding of the complex condition prevention, prediction and precision medicine. And to one day find a cure.” Professor Manuela Ferreira has also been awarded a $2.5 million NHMRC grant to continue her research to improve care for low back pain in Australia and internationally. and improve health outcomes through Manuela has welcomed the funding to focus on a condition which causes more disability than any other health challenge. “Nearly 570 million people in the world suffer from debilitating low back pain, while in Australia the condition affects a quarter of the population, and costs more than $8 billion a year Lorquet said. Since 1988, more than $47 million has been received from thousands of grateful patients and members of the community to support projects across the NSLHD, including: • Aged care research at Hornsby Hospital; • Purchasing of equipment for Royal North Shore Hospital’s NICU; • Funding to grow Ryde Community Health Services and outreach.

Excellence to improve care for inflammatory arthritis will be based on the RNSH campus following an announcement by Health Minister Greg Hunt. The minister revealed the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council funding, which will see $2.5 million invested in the centre over the next five years. RNSH Head of Rheumatology Professor Lyn March will lead the research efforts, backed by a large team within the Kolling Institute as well as leading national collaborators. Lyn said the Centre for work developing a national registry and biospecimens collection to improve health outcomes for those living with inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune conditions. “We are delighted to launch Research Excellence follows many years of this nationally significant program which aims to identify the best treatment pathways for men, women and children living with inflammatory arthritis. We’ll

Professor Manuela Ferreira

in healthcare expenses and lost work opportunities,” she said. “We know that low back pain is often poorly managed, with many current treatments causing more harm than good. “We are seeing a fragmented and inefficient approach which delays access to the right care for low back pain and delivers treatments which are not backed by robust evidence. “Our program of research will work towards improving care by broadening knowledge around the efficacy and safety of the most common surgical procedures, and by developing innovative digital approaches to bring high value care to patients with low back pain.” learning more about how to include a gift in their will, please get in touch with us,” Gilbert said. To learn more, please visit the NORTH Foundation website and download an enquiry pack: https://northfoundation.org. au/how-you-can-help/leave-

Embracing Gifts in Wills Gifts in wills are an investment in the future of healthcare for generations to come, and these acts of generosity allow the district to support, grow and improve its health services and medical research. “We are so grateful that the number of people within our community who have chosen to include a gift in their will to the NSLHD or one of its services, has drastically increased over the last few years. This generosity is having a huge impact on our

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