Research

VOTOR Research Programs:


Lower Limb Program

Program Leaders

The aim of the Lower Limb Program is to explore factors affecting traumatic injuries affecting the pelvis and lower limb.  Research focused on improving patient outcomes is a priority. We encourage and facilitate investigator driven research relating to classifications, management and outcomes of lower limb traumatic injuries.

Key findings from some of our research to date:

Pelvic fractures
Midfoot and hindfoot fractures
Femoral neck fracture
Lower limb fractures



Current projects include:

  • Management and outcomes of tibial plafond fractures
  • Outcomes and costs of severe pelvic ring fractures
  • Outcomes of hip fracture in older patients
  • Joint arthroplasty following tibial plateau fractures
  • Outcomes following Lisfranc Fractures
  • Outcomes of distal femur fractures in older patients

Upper Limb Program

Program Leaders

The aim of the Upper Limb Program is to explore factors affecting traumatic injuries affecting the shoulder, elbow wrist and hand. Research focused on improving patient outcomes is a priority. We encourage and facilitate investigator driven research relating to classifications, management and outcomes of upper limb traumatic injuries.

Current projects include:

  • Management and outcomes of proximal humerus fractures
  • PRAISE (Predicting fracture outcomes from clinical Registry data using Artificial Intelligence Supplemented models for Evidence-informed treatment study).NHMRC Ideas Grant 2020

Spine

Program Leader

The aim of the Spine Program is to explore factors affecting traumatic injuries of the spine.  Research focused on improving patient outcomes is a priority. We encourage and facilitate investigator driven research relating to classifications, management and outcomes of spinal injuries.

Current projects include:

  • Spinopelvic dissociation following trauma
  • Acute management and longer term outcomes of patients requiring a Boston overlap brace (BOB) for traumatic thoracic or lumbar vertebral fractures
  • Outcomes following Burst thoracolumbar fractures

Injury Burden and Outcomes Program

Program Leader

The aim of the Injury Burden and Outcomes Program is to facilitate and conduct research focused on quantifying the burden of orthopaedic trauma, and validating and improving methods for measuring burden and outcomes. We encourage and facilitate investigator driven research relating to measuring and quantifying the burden of orthopaedic trauma.

Key findings from some of our research to date:

Road users recovery

Current projects include:

  • Examination of the role of compensation systems in pain after injury
  • The role of fault attributions in transport injury outcomes
  • Impact of regionalised trauma care on access to services and patient outcomes following road trauma
  • Sedentary behaviour and physical activity levels during and after hospitalisation in people with orthopaedic trauma
  • WHODAS disability outcomes of road users after transport related orthopaedic injuries
  • The uptake, benefits and impacts of telehealth care for hospitalised TAC clients and service providers: TAC funded grant 2021