Research and Education

Wesley Hospital Auchenflower Brisbane

UnitingCare Health invests in the future of health care through its commitment to research and education.

The Wesley Research Institute

Established in 1994, The Wesley Research Institute is an independent not for profit medical research organisation that conducts research to improve patient care and quality of life.

Working directly with patients, research by our clinicians is improving patient care and quality of life through:

  • Faster, more accurate diagnosis.
  • Fewer, less severe side effects.
  • New treatments for faster, improved recovery.

To be a leader in medical research acknowledged for achieving excellence and innovation in patient care. The Wesley Research Institute fosters a strong research culture in The Wesley Hospital, linking medical research and clinical practice.

Scientific Services
The Institute’s standard of professional practice is built on experience and provides a range of scientific services across three main areas – Investigative research, Clinical trials and Tissue banking. 

Investigative Research
Wesley Research Institute’s investigative research is divided into two categories: investigator-initiated and patient outcome research.  Both aim to discover, test and refine new techniques for better diagnosis and treatment of illness and disease.  Wesley Research Institute also offers a range of data management services including an on-site biostatistician.

Clinical Trials
Wesley Research Institute Clinical Trials enables clinicians and specialists to conduct clinical trials for national and international sponsor companies, including on-site Ethics Committee and recruitment for trial participants.

Tissue banking
The Ventyx Wesley Research Institute Tissue Bank is a state-of-the-art bio-repository of human tissue and blood and is the largest of its kind in Queensland.  It collects and stores tissue samples, blood and related clinical data from consenting patients at The Wesley Hospital. This is then made available to ethically approved medical researchers worldwide.

Contact Wesley Research Institute
For all enquiries contact Wesley Research Institute on 07 3721 1500 or email