About us

About Us

Who Are We?

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 26 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 HospitalSt Andrew’s War Memorial HospitalBuderim 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.

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 UnitingCare network. 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.

Our Core Activities

Wesley Medical Research changes lives and gives hope by carrying out the following:  

These activities are supported by:

  • Marketing and Fundraising
  • Corporate Support Services

Wesley Medical Research is grateful for the critical work of our volunteers, donors, supporters and many collaborators without whom our work would not be possible.

Our research institute is a company limited by guarantee and is governed under our Constitution by our volunteer Board of Directors.


"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. Wesley Medical Research fosters a strong research culture in UnitingCare 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 treatements for faster, improved recovery

Our History

Wesley Medical Research

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