Welcome to the Children's Health Queensland Clinical Unit at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. 

The Queensland Children’s Hospital, which opened on 29 November 2014, is Australia’s largest and most advanced paediatric facility. Located in South Brisbane, the 359-bed hospital features more than 80,000 square meters of facilities spread across 12 levels.

The hospital is built on more than 200 years of excellence in paediatric care combining the exceptional staff and services from the former Royal Children’s Hospital and Mater Children’s Hospital.

Children, young people and their families were consulted during early planning to ensure a comfortable and supportive hospital that is not only therapeutic and practical, but also fun and engaging. At the bedside, all ages will be catered for with an interactive patient entertainment system delivering in-house radio, as well as play and recreation spaces in wards and outpatient areas.                          

Rooftop terraces, outdoor spaces, performance areas and a vibrant art collection help to deliver a hospital experience second to none.

As Queensland’s single specialist paediatric facility, Children’s Health Queensland (CHQ) at the Queensland Children’s Hospital is the hub of a dedicated network of paediatric services available at other Brisbane and Queensland hospitals. Expanding on CHQ’s state-wide remit, the Queensland Children’s Hospital also supports regional hospitals through telemedicine and outreach services. This means children and young people can access the services they need as close to home as possible.

The hospital precinct includes the Centre for Children’s Health Research, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Ronald McDonald House South Brisbane (opened in 2016) and a new Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service building.

Download the CHQ Clinical Unit Guide (PDF, 1 MB)

Why CHQ?

  • 359 beds – 25 per cent more than the Royal Children’s Hospital and Mater Children’s Hospital combined
  • Majority of inpatient rooms are single rooms with ensuite and provision for a parent/carer to stay at patient’s bedside
  • 48 emergency department treatment bays
  • 14 operating theatres
  • Child and youth mental health unit
  • Sleep medicine service
  • 11 rooftop terraces and gardens
  • Multi-faith centre
  • George Gregan Foundation Playground
  • Radio Lollipop studio and Starlight Express Room
  • Co-located Centre for Children’s Health Research
  • Queensland Children’s Hospital has a pet visiting area
  • Overnight emergency accommodation for parents/carers


Children's Health Queensland

  • Research and education at Children’s Health Queensland is vital in ensuring the best possible health outcomes for children and young people are met now and in the future.
  • Each year Children’s Health Queensland provides approximately 40,000 episodes of care, including care in many specialist areas. Many of these have active multidisciplinary research programmes.
  • At Children’s Health Queensland we are training the next generation of paediatric clinicians and health care specialists.
  • Through grants, partnerships, government funding and the Children’s Hospital Foundation we are able to invest in research to help find the answers to a range of child and adolescent health issues.

Centre for Childrens' Health Research  (CCHR)

  • The $134 million Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR) which opened in November 2015, is Queensland’s first fully-integrated research facility focused on child and adolescent health research.
  • The Centre for Children’s Health Research is a partnership between Queensland Health (through Children’s Health Queensland), the Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland.
  • It is an integrated hub of specialist knowledge dedicated to improving the health of children, and facilitating best opportunities for collaborative research projects. The Translational Research Institute is also co-located at the Centre for Children’s Health Research.
  • The nine-level centre houses wet and dry laboratories, pathology services, a gait laboratory, a nutrition laboratory and the Queensland Children’s Tumour Bank, funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, which provides a tissue repository for national and international cancer research. The Centre also houses the Queensland Children’s Motion Analysis Service and the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre.

Research areas

Children’s Health Queensland has a number of major multidisciplinary research programmes, including:

Other research areas include:

  • Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Paediatric Research Centre
  • Genetic Health Queensland
  • Children’s Nutrition Research Centre
  • UQ Children’s Health Research Centre
  • QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
  • Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma
  • Paediatric Spine Research Group

Research partners

Children’s Health Queensland is committed to working collaboratively with key research partners including:

Academic title holders

Clinical Bedside Teachers provide medical students with small group teaching during the Paediatrics & Child Health Rotation.


Associate Professor Louise S. Conwell MBBS(Hons) PGCert MEd (Dundee) PhD FRACP
Head, Children’s Health Queensland Clinical Unit  
Email: l.conwell@uq.edu.au
Address: Queensland Children’s Hospital, UQ Faculty - Level 7,
501 Stanley Street, PO Box 3474, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

Ellice Ablitt
Clinical Unit Team Leader
Email: med.chqcutl@uq.edu.au
Address: Queensland Children’s Hospital, UQ Faculty - Level 7,
501 Stanley Street, PO Box 3474, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

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