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Virtual reality going to theatre
Virtual reality going to theatre
16 February 2021

Did you know? Donations from our community have funded six Virtual Reality (VR) headsets for the Anaesthetics and Persistent Pain Management Service. VR has become widely used in the management of procedural pain, such as cannulation, burns dressings, and other conditions. Research from Queensland Children’s Hospital found significant benefits for children with various conditions. ICT Project Manager, Michael Barber, said the VR headsets have found significant benefits for children with va...

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10 February 2021

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12 January 2021

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THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
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