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Surgical and Health Systems Innovation

Surgical innovation, and indeed all innovation in the health system, significantly enhances the quality and length of life for many in our community, and enables health services to reach more of our community. 

Surgical and health systems innovation


Our researchers are working to enhance the quality, effectiveness and sustainability of surgical and health systems innovation at all levels. Our research addresses the many challenges of bringing health innovations into practice, including validating the innovation, justifying the economics, influencing the policies and spreading the knowledge to implement these new approaches.

Using evidence-based assessment, researchers test the efficacy and safety of the innovation, model the costs of implementation, and finally garner the support of the health industry, health service providers, policymakers and the community to implement the innovation. This exciting and challenging field can yield highly rewarding results that benefit society for years to come. 

Researchers across the faculty are focused on:

  • developing and evaluating the efficacy of new therapeutics 
  • evaluating new, less invasive diagnostic technologies to lower patient risk, improve the patient experience and reduce health service costs
  • performing large-scale, multi-centre clinical trials to rigorously assess treatments and predictive diagnostic tests
  • performing longitudinal studies to monitor patient health status and quality of care to identify problems in the health system’s delivery of services
  • performing long-term analysis of total-joint-replacement patients to analyse prosthetic failure, assessing the device, the biomaterials and methodology 
  • assessing the impacts of health policies and implementation of preventative health interventions.

Our research centres and institutes working in this area

Our research groups working in this area

Interested in a postgraduate research degree in this area?

We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to a broad range of backgrounds, and range from basic sciences to clinical research. If you are interested in human health, consider furthering your research career with us.

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