Royal Prince Alfred Hospital - Research


The RPA campus is also home to the largest volume of medical research undertaken within NSW. Throughout its history, clinicians at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital have been responsible for many innovations in clinical care, diagnosis and treatment, not only within Australia, but also at an international level. This is reflected in the regular publication of original articles and editorial comments by hospital staff in such medical journals as The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine. This reputation for excellence means it has the highest percentage of surgical admissions amongst NSW principal referral hospitals.

RPA is home to more research institutes and specialist units than any other public hospital in Australia, including:

  • Melanoma Unit - the largest in the world
  • National Liver Transplant Unit
  • Haemophilia Centre - Australia's first major centre in this area
  • Sleep Disorders Unit - an Australian first, the unit developed the revolutionary CPAP machine for sleep apnoea sufferers, and pioneered non-invasive ventilation treatment for respiratory failure.
  • Sydney Cancer Centre - Australia's largest and most comprehensive cancer treatment centre
  • Positron Emission Tomography Camera
  • Heart Research Institute
  • National Medical Cyclotron
  • National Poisons Register
  • Sydney Breast Cancer Institute - pioneered breast-sparing surgery in NSW
  • Woolcock Institute of Medical Research - Australia's only centre devoted to respiratory and sleep diseases and the leading partner in the national Cooperative Research Centre for asthma.
  • RPA Diabetes Centre - a pioneering unit which has developed into the most comprehensive centre for the multidisciplinary clinical care and research for diabetes in Australia. This was recognised by way of the Kellion Award in 2010.
  • Rachel Forster Bone Bank - In 1984 RPA orthopaedic surgeons Dr. Harry Tyer and Dr. Paul Stalley pioneered Australia's first Bone Bank using living donors undergoing elective orthopaedic procedures.

The hospital also sponsors a number of institutes at the University of Sydney, including the Heart Research Institute; Centenary Institute for Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology; Kanematsu Laboratories and General Endocrinology Group.

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