In celebration of Golden Casket’s proud relationship with the Brisbane Mater Hospital that dates back to 1921, Bill Thorburn presented a cheque for $500,000 to the Mater Foundation. This donation from Golden Casket proceeds, has been an annual event since 1992.
The annual half a million donation goes towards equipment, well-being projects and research such as the research project, headed by Mater Children’s Emergency Paediatric specialist and Director of Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU) Dr Ruth Barker.
This project, aims to collect information by asking medical staff and families to report product related foreign body ingestion or inhalation injuries on an online reporting system. The project on the little-known dangers of children swallowing or choking on general household items, could lead to life-saving changes to the way manufacturers currently report product safety issues.
Dr Ruth Barker and her team have had to deal with cases presenting at the Mater Children’s Hospital Emergency department where children almost die from ingestion of foreign objects such as batteries. Once such case resulted in a one year old child experiencing significant burns to his oesophagus 24 hours after swallowing a button battery, an injury which lead to more than two years of surgical interventions to correct the problem.
Information gleaned from the Dr Barker’s research project will be provided to regulators and industry bodies to call for improved regulations and standards for the manufacture and sale of household items that contain potentially harmful objects.
Golden Casket is proud to support Dr Ruth Barker and her research team at the Mater who are striving to raise awareness of the harms associated with the ingestion of foreign bodies and improve product safety awareness to ensure a safer future for Queensland children.
This research initiative was just one of 12 projects funded through last year’s donation to Mater Children’s Hospital. This year’s Golden Casket donation will go towards many worthwhile projects such as this one to improve the wellbeing of Queensland children.
Photo credits: Bill Thorburn Chief Executive Tatts Lotteries and Dr Ruth Barker, Paediatric specialist and Director of Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU)