The Betty Byrne Henderson Centre is located within Women's and Newborn Services and affiliated with the University of Queensland. Named after well known Queensland business woman, Elisabeth (Betty) Byrne Henderson, who has a lengthy association with the Royal Women's Hospital (she was chairman of the hospital board from 1982 to 1991), the Centre conducts research into a comprehensive range of women's health issues.
At present, the focus is the "LAW Study" (Longitudinal Assessment of Aging in Women) which examines a wide range of issues associated with women and aging through a cohort of 511 women. The personalised nature of the study means that 96% of the original cohort has remained.
The LAW Study recently completed five years of data collection and has received funding and approval for an additional five years. Funding is mostly from the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation, but grants are also received from the Australasian Menopause Society and the National Health and Medical Research Council.
The Betty Byrne Henderson Women's Health Research Centre also provides resources for information on women's health and conducts regular symposia on women's health issues for health professionals and members of the public.
Betty Byrne Henderson Centre