About us

About Us

About Wesley Medical Research

Established on 8th December 1994 by a group of dedicated doctors, Wesley Medical Research is Queensland’s second-oldest medical research institute.

For the past 25 years, Wesley Medical Research has continued to push the frontiers of medicine, delivering real impact to patients while contributing to knowledge globally.

As the official research organisation for UnitingCare Health, the research activity undertaken by Wesley Medical Research aims to span all UnitingCare hospitals including The Wesley Hospital, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Buderim Private Hospital at the Sunshine Coast, and St Stephen’s Hospital at Hervey Bay. In addition to our hospital remit, Wesley Medical Research is also focused on improving health particularly in rural and remote communities.

In Dec 2019, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary

The majority of our research will result in visible medical advancements, better healthcare practices and lasting patient benefits within five years.

From the beginning, Wesley Medical Research has encouraged and supported research initiated by people who really know the value of clinical research – practising doctors, nurses and allied health professionals in our hospitals. They are driven by a desire to give patients better treatment options and improved quality of life for a range of contemporary diseases and health issues.

Wesley Medical Research operates a world-class biobank. This critical resource is a bio-repository of human biological samples, blood and data available for researchers in Australia and internationally. Bio-medical researchers use these samples in their research to understand and ultimately find cures for the most debilitating diseases.

Wesley Medical Research has five core business units:

  • Research and Clinical Trials
  • Biobank Tissue Bank
  • Clinical Informatics Unit
  • Marketing and Fundraising
  • Corporate Support Services

In addition to our staff, Wesley Medical Research has a wide range of people involved in the organisation and critical to our work. 

They include our volunteers, our volunteer board and committee members, doctors and scientific collaborators, who receive nothing but a sense of personal satisfaction and recognition for their contribution to the collective achievements at Wesley Medical Research. 

 The Organisation is limited by guarantee and governed by a Board of Directors and a company Constitution.


“Immediate improvements in patient care and quality of life through applied medical research.”


“A world leader in applied medical research acknowledged for achieving excellence and innovation in patient care. WMR fosters a strong research culture in UnitingCare Health hospitals, improving patient outcomes by linking medical research and clinical practice.”


Encouraging and supporting clinicians and other health professionals to undertake applied medical research to improve patient care and quality of life through:

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

Significant Milestones

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