The GCHKP location represents an added opportunity to create collaborations with Griffith University researchers, other clinicians and industry partners.
Dr. Rice and Dr. de Villiers have significant pulling power, having hosted the 2015 world congress in their field, which attracted more than 1200 delegates, and having undertaken world-first-in-human neurovascular trials, including four device trials in 2021, and numerous first-in-Australia trials. In 2020, Dr. Rice performed the world’s first robotic neurovascular stroke clot removal, and the team has the largest caseload globally for robotic brain aneurysm repairs.
Dr. de Villiers said the new centre would be equipped to enable live links to theatre suites for training doctors to be able to review and then replicate complex procedures.
“They will be able to practice on exact 3D printed replica models of the brain blood vessels of patients whose procedures they have just watched us undertake, utilising the state-of-the-art Philips image guidance system,” said Dr. de Villiers. “They will also be able to rehearse their own patient cases on personalised patient models that accurately simulate the feeling of pulsing blood, that we can 3D print in advance of training, and we can guide them through these difficult procedures.”
The new centre, which will also be equipped with high-quality audiovisual and high-speed data links, has been enabled through a substantial fit-out of an existing GCHKP building in the Lumina commercial hub, supported by NorthWest Healthcare Properties, ahead of the proposed development of their ultimate facility – ‘RDX Lumina’.
The pilot facility, within a legacy building from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, will move into an expanded space in RDX Lumina, a world-class, eight-storey building with planned 6 Star Green Star rating and a proposed bridge link into Gold Coast Private Hospital, planned by NorthWest, Australia’s largest owner, manager and developer of healthcare real estate.
NorthWest Vice President - Leasing, Georgie Huxley, said of the development: “NorthWest specialises in the development and ownership of market-leading health and life sciences properties and precincts, where we combine complementary facilities and the best medical experts in the field to create a hub of the highest quality healthcare offering possible. RDX Lumina is a great example of the intersect between research, innovation, healthcare and clinical training, led by the involvement of industry leaders Dr. Rice and Dr. de Villiers.
We are proud to be delivering this innovative training facility via our team of Australia’s healthcare real estate experts, as the largest specialist healthcare real estate operator in the country by a considerable margin, leading the way in building design and delivery for this eminent site.”