NHMRC 2016 AWARD for Research Excellence

NHMRC 2016 Award for Centre for Research Excellence in total Joint Replacement

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NHMRC 2016 AWARD FOR Centre for Research Excellence in Total Joint Replacement optimising outcomes, equity, cost effectiveness and patient Selection (OPUS) for Department of Surgery and St Vincent’s Hospital.

$2.5m awarded over a five year period for a Centre for Research Excellence at St Vincent’s Hospital precinct within the Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne.

Joint replacement surgery is one of the most successful surgeries performed in Australia and globally. With an ageing population, demand for this procedure will increase dramatically, placing burden on a constrained health system. This Centre targets the journey of patients undergoing joint replacement surgery, seeking to optimise patient safety and outcomes, in addition to improving efficiencies and equitability of this important surgical procedure. The aims are to target  appropriate patient selection, alignment of patient-surgeon expectations, alternatives to surgery, and accelerated peri-operative and rehabilitation workflows, all crucial points in the “real world” patient journey. ‘Our unique, multidisciplinary, holistic approach will create an integrated framework that brings together international experts to develop an innovative and evidence-based approach to TJR to ensure equity for all Australians with end-stage OA’ responds Professor Peter Choong who has led this project .