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.
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
- Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (Professor Mark Hutchinson)
- Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma Research (Professor Donald Howie)
- Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing (Professor Renuka Visvanathan)
- Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health (Professor Michael Horowitz)
- Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health (Professor Gary Wittert)
- Robinson Research Institute (Professor Sarah Robertson)
Our research groups working in this area
- Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA) (Associate Professor Tracy Merlin)
- Allergy and Vaccine Research Group (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 and Ophthalmic Research Laboratory (Professor Robert Casson)
- Gastrointestinal Function and Appetite Regulation (Professor Christine Feinle-Bisset)
- Gastrointestinal Neuro-Immune Interactions Group (Dr Patrick Hughes)
- Health, Disability and Lifespan Development Research Group (Professor Deborah Turnbull)
- Health Economics Research Group (Professor Jonathan Karnon)
- Health Workforce Planning Group (Professor Caroline Laurence)
- Knowledge Translation (Professor Gill Harvey)
- Life Course and Intergenerational Health (LIGHt) (Professor Michael Davies)
- Neuroimmunopharmacology Laboratory (Professor Mark Hutchinson)
- Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Group (Professor Peter-John Wormald)
- Perioperative Model of Care (Professor Guy Ludbrook)
- Surgical Science Research Group (Professor Guy Maddern)
- Translational Vascular Function Research Group (Professor John Beltrame)
For additional leads in this area of research, please contact Surgical and Health Systems Innovation researchers.
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.