Research

We manage an extensive portfolio of research projects in collaboration with government, patient advocacy groups and international partners with a shared interest. These include multi-centre clinical trials, systematic reviews and observational studies.

Current programs of work and projects

  • NHMRC Program Grant and NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence – Wiser Healthcare: aims to reduce the inappropriate use of tests and treatments by systematically investigating the problem of over-testing, over-diagnosis, and over-treatment and developing and evaluating sustainable solutions.
  • NHMRC Partnership Centre in Health System Sustainability: aims to explore the issues impacting health care system sustainability and develop and evaluate a set of implementable interventions that are appropriate from clinical, patient and economic perspectives.
  • NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for the Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network: a research collaboration of over 200 clinician-researchers from 30 universities, 31 hospitals and 17 research institute that aims to optimise musculoskeletal health through high quality collaborative research and build research capacity in this field.
  • The Australian Rheumatology Association Database (ARAD): a database in collaboration with Arthritis Australia which collects long-term observational data about the outcomes of Australians with inflammatory arthritis.
  • Cochrane Musculoskeletal: as the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Review Group in Australia, we produce the best available evidence to inform decisions in treating arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Australasian Satellite of Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Group: assists evidence-based policy making by supporting, promoting and helping to implement systematic reviews of interventions designed to improve health care practice and the delivery of effective health services.
  • ANZMUSC Living Evidence: aims to conduct Cochrane living system reviews (platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injections for knee osteoarthritis) which are updated whenever new research becomes available, to feed into “living” recommendations in Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd: Rheumatology.
  • Development of a tool for setting priorities for trials in the musculoskeletal field: aims to develop a multi-attribute priority setting tool for the explicit and transparent ranking of musculoskeletal research questions.
  • Identifying and prioritising alternative delivery models to increase value and sustainability of healthcare: A scoping review of systematic reviews of trials and economic studies of alternative delivery arrangements and a Delphi study.
  • Clinician, patient and general public beliefs about diagnostic imaging for low back pain: Qualitative evidence synthesis.
  • Consumer understanding of terms used in imaging reports requested for low back pain.
  • Experiences and perceptions of people living with shoulder pain: A qualitative evidence synthesis.
  • Perceived barriers and facilitators to reducing inappropriate use of imaging in people with shoulder pain.
  • Scoping review of the volume and scope of implementation research conducted in knee osteoarthritis.
  • Comparative effectiveness of ultrasound-guided injection with either autologous platelet rich plasma or glucocorticoid for ultrasound-proven lateral epicondylitis: a three-arm randomised placebo-controlled trial.
  • SUcceSS: SUrgery for Spinal Stenosis – a randomised placebo-controlled trial.
  • Effectiveness of an electronic patient-centred self-management tool for gout sufferers: a cluster randomised controlled trial.
  • Hype or Hope? platelet-rich plasma as a symptom- and disease-modifying treatment for knee osteoarthritis – the RESTORE trial.
  • CROSSFIRE: Combined Randomised and Observational Study of Surgery for Fractures In the distal Radius in the Elderly.
  • CRISTAL: Cluster Randomised Trial of Aspirin versus Low molecular weight heparin for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in joint replacement surgery, a registry-nested study.
  • Development of a decision support tool for patients considering arthroscopic treatment for degenerative knee disease (osteoarthritis, degenerative meniscal tears).
  • Understanding general practitioner and patient expectations for imaging requests and reports of the lumbar spine in people with acute low back pain: A qualitative study.
  • Complementary medicine use in people with inflammatory arthritis.
  • Acute low back pain presenting to the Emergency Department: The patient journey.
  • Development of a core set of outcomes for shoulder trials, part of the OMERACT initiative.