There’s no doubt Queenslanders know how to innovate and come up with great ideas that benefit communities right across the world.

Professor Ian Frazer’s work with the University of Queensland to develop a vaccine for cervical cancer has changed the lives of young women across the world.

It was a Queenslander, Jean Madden, who came up with Street Swags to help people sleeping rough. And last week I was very privileged to attend the University of Queensland’s Queensland Brain Institute, where a Queensland team of scientists announced a breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

The research shows that non-invasive ultrasound technology may be a potential treatment for the condition that affects 250,000 Australians. I congratulate the team at UQ, led by Professor Jürgen Götz from the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing, for its work that provides hope for so many Australians and their families who are affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Research and innovation is vital to Queensland’s future in so many areas, whether it be health, small business development, education or other domains.I want my Government to encourage more of this type of innovative research.

Our Advance Queensland initiative aims to increase research and discoveries like this and to put this state’s research at the forefront internationally by supporting local researchers and helping to keep them in Queensland.

These exciting findings by the University of Queensland will hopefully be of benefit to all Australians in the future. International Women’s Day Sunday March 8 was International Women’s Day and I had the pleasure of joining other female members of the Labor Cabinet in the Mater Hospital’s Fun Run to support women’s health issues.

It was great to see so many women out in force for this event on International Women’s Day. Some 3500 women participated in the day and it was a great show of support for gender equality from both men and women.

Being Arts Minister, I get many opportunities to see the cultural offerings Queensland has to offer. We have outstanding Brisbane-based artists and national and international artists.

Most recently, I have enjoyed attending Brisbane’s Matilda Awards to honour our local theatre industry and congratulations go to all award winners.

I also had the pleasure of meeting internationally renowned director and artist David Lynch at the Gallery of Modern Art to launch his exhibition, David Lynch: Between Two Worlds. It’s well-worth the visit to GOMA to see this and other attractions.

Between Two Worlds runs until 7 June.