Burns research

Thousands of children are treated every year for burns injuries. One third of these children require surgery.

Recognised as an international leader in burns research, research conducted at the Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma Research is changing clinical practice in Queensland by identifying dressings that reduce pain and promote faster wound healing.

Thanks to your generous support, research projects to improve physical and psychological outcomes for children who experience burn injuries, include:

  • Enhancing health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with burn injuries in Queensland
  • A clinical trial aiming to benefit children at risk of, or living with, post-burn scarring
  • Through philanthropic support, children who have suffered burn injuries are able to access Camp Oz – a safe and supportive environment for young people with burn scars to develop resilience, their self-esteem, and self-awareness
  • Groundbreaking laser treatment technology, funded by your support, allows for improved scars management and removes the need for painful skin grafts for children with burns injuries.

How you can help children living with burns injuries

Charlie's story

Charlie was an active and inquisitive one-year-old. On an ordinary day in September, Charlie’s curiosity caused him to have a terrible accident.

A deep fryer was cooking away seemingly out of harms’ reach, when in a second Charlie managed to pull it off the surface, pouring boiling hot oil over himself.

Charlie’s mum, Samantha, jumped into action rushing the toddler into the shower until an ambulance arrived to rush him to the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Charlie sustained full thickness burns to 36 per cent of his body, requiring immediate surgery to reduce long-term damage from his injuries; he was in theatre for eight hours over the first two days, under the care of paediatric surgeon and Director of the Centre of Children’s Burns and Trauma Research, Professor Roy Kimble.

Charlie spent a further 37 days in hospital, undergoing 11 surgeries and 21 separate procedures.

Groundbreaking research funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation has changed the way burns are treated worldwide. We have proven that by relieving pain properly, and reducing anxiety, we can actually heal a child’s wound faster.” Professor Kimble said.

Thanks to vital funding from the Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Queensland Children’s Hospital is now home to a state-of-the-art laser, which will reduce the number of painful skin grafts required for children like Charlie.