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.

Current projects include:

  • Management and outcomes of tibial plafond fractures
  • Outcomes and costs of severe pelvic ring fractures
  • Costs and outcomes of femoral shaft and distal femur fractures in road trauma
  • Outcomes and costs of severe extremity injuries
  • Outcomes of hip fracture in older patients
  • Functional outcomes of acetabular fracture fixation in patients over 60 years of age
  • Joint arthroplasty following tibial plateau fractures

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
  • Distal radius fracture management

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
  • Outcomes following wound infections for traumatic spine injuries
  • Acute management and longer term outcomes of patients requiring a Boston overlap brace (BOB) for traumatic thoracic or lumbar vertebral fractures
  • Spinopelvic dissociation following trauma - The Royal Melbourne Hospital Experience and Literature Review

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.

Current projects include:

  • Early intervention for pain and mental health post-injury
  • Are orthopaedic trauma patients more active during inpatient rehabilitation or at home?
  • Chronic pain after traumatic injury (ARC linkage project)
  • Tracking physical activity and sedentary behaviour following serious orthopaedic injury
  • Examination of the role of compensation systems in pain after injury
  • The role of fault attributions in transport injury outcomes
  • Modelling the population impact of injury
  • Mental health outcomes of orthopaedic trauma patients
  • Impact of regionalised trauma care on access to services and patient outcomes following road trauma