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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

  • A Research Collaboration for the Health of Women and Babies (Professor Caroline Crowther)
  • Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA) (Associate Professor Tracy Merlin)
  • Allergy and Vaccine Safety (Associate Professor Michael Gold)
  • Bioengineering Imaging Group (Professor Robert McLaughlin)
  • Bone Cell Biology Group (BCBG) (Professor Gerald Atkins)
  • Breast Biology and Cancer Group (Associate Professor Wendy Ingman)
  • Clinical Glaucoma Research (Professor Robert Casson)
  • Community Insights in Public Health Research Group (CIPHER) (Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer)
  • Evidence Based Women's Health Care (Professor Ben Mol)
  • Fundamentals of Care (Professor Alison Kitson)
  • GI Neuro-immune Interactions (Dr Patrick Hughes)
  • Health Economics Research Group (Professor Jon Karnon)
  • Health Services Research Group (Professor Gary Wittert)
  • Health Workforce Planning Group (Associate Professor Caroline Laurence)
  • Healthy Ageing (Professor Alison Kitson)
  • Knowledge Translation (Professor Gill Harvey and Professor Alison Kitson)
  • Life Course and Intergenerational Health (LIGHt) (Professor Michael Davies)
  • Neuroimmunopharmacology Laboratory (Professor Mark Hutchinson)
  • Ophthalmic Research Laboratory (Professor Robert Casson)
  • Orthopaedics and Trauma (Professor Donald Howie)
  • Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (Professor Peter-John Wormald)
  • Perioperative Model of Care (Professor Guy Ludbrook)
  • Restorative Dentistry (Professor Lindsay Richards)
  • Surgical Science Research Group (Professor Guy Maddern)
  • Translational Vascular Function Research Group (Professor John Beltrame)

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.

Learn more about studying Honours and Higher Degrees by Research

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