St John of God Health Care is increasing its commitment to
research across a wide range of medical, surgical and mental health
fields with the aim of improving patient outcomes.
Our research efforts are particularly strong at our Subiaco hospital, which in 2006 facilitated
the establishment of Subiaco Colorectal, which comprises four
leading surgeons in the field of colorectal cancer. Their aim is to
advance the management of colorectal cancer through excellence in
clinical service and research. In February 2009, Subiaco launched
the Jean and John Tonkinson Research Foundation, which will fund
colorectal cancer research.
In August 2008, St John of God
Pathology opened a new cancer research laboratory within
Subiaco's Bendat Family Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Research is
now conducted as part of routine clinical practice - the first time
a private practice in WA has integrated research into its services.
Study of pathological samples is helping researchers increase their
understanding of cancer and can help doctors provide optimal
treatment for patients. Some of the research projects underway
include identifying predictors of response to chemotherapy for
women with advanced breast cancer and prognostic factors for early
stage bowel cancer.
To ensure our nursing practice is evidence led, we conduct and
participate in a wide range of nursing research. The results of
research enable us to better recruit, train and equip our nurses
and midwives, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.
Find out more about
the St John of God Health Care Ethics Committee
Perinatal Mental Health
St John of God Health Care has a strong
commitment towards advancing research in the field of Perinatal
This research provides us with important information about the
nature of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other emotional
health issues experienced during pregnancy and following birth.
Research efforts are particularly strong at St
John of God Hospital Burwood. The Perinatal and Women’s Mental
Health Unit was established in 2009 and is led by Professor Marie-Paule Austin, in partnership
with St John of God Health Care and the University of New
Research conducted by Professor Austin and her
team will provide us with important information about factors that
underpin the mental health of women and impact on the family
environment in the early years of life. The research aims to
inform the development of evidence-based interventions and to
promote and improve mental health outcomes for women and their
Find out more about
our Perinatal Mental Health research