Australian Spine Registry (ASR)

Academic Lead: Professor Susannah Ahern
Head, Clinical Outcomes Data Reporting and Research Program
Clinical Lead: Mr Michael Johnson, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Registry Contact: Dr Esther Apos
Phone: +61 3 9903 0782
Purpose / Aims: The ultimate aim of the Australian Spine Registry (ASR) is to optimise quality of care for spine surgery patients. This will be achieved by:
  • identifying variability in treatment amongst individuals undergoing spine surgery
  • providing a tool for individual surgeons to complete audits of their spine surgery
  • determining the degree of compliance with evidence-based guidelines for spine surgery
  • identifying factors that predict favourable and unfavourable surgical outcome
  • monitoring trends in surgical approach, choice and safety of implantable devices
  • providing an infrastructure on which intervention or other studies can be established
  • determining the results and functional effectiveness of specific spine surgeries in a ‘real world’ setting
Population Captured: All patients over 18 years of age undergoing elective spine surgery.
Outcomes Collected: The ASR collects information relating to diagnosis, treatment, and Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs), with additional data items collected for risk adjustment. Clinical indicators are in development.
Funding Source: BUPA, Nuvasive, Zimmer Biomet, Stryker, HCF, LifeHealthcare, Medtronic, DePuySynthes