Wiser HealthCare for musculoskeletal conditions

Summary

I am looking for a PhD student to work on musculoskeletal projects within the Wiser HealthCare research collaboration http://wiserhealthcare.org.au

Supervisor(s)

Professor Chris Maher

Research Location

Camperdown - School of Public Health

Program Type

PHD

Synopsis

Wiser Healthcare is a research collaboration involving The University of Sydney, Bond University, Monash University and international colleagues. It is funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, through both its Centres for Research Excellence scheme and its Program Grant scheme. It aims to conduct research that will reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment in Australia and around the world.

Overdiagnosis and overtreatment occur when routine medical tests and treatments do more harm than good. Wiser Healthcare will investigate the cause and size of the problem and test new solutions, in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal disorders.

Some of the musculoskeletal issues to be tackled include: overuse of imaging and arthroscopy plus chronic opioid therapy for non-cancer pain.

Additional Information

Chris Maher is Professor in the School of Public Health, The University of Sydney and Director of the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, Sydney Local Local Health District. He holds honorary appointments at leading universities including the University of Oxford.

Since 1991, Prof Maher has been awarded grants and fellowships totalling ~ $AUD45 million from Australian Government, industry and philanthropic agencies, plus international funding bodies. He currently holds a program grant, a project grant, a research fellowship and a Centre for Research Excellence grant from the NHMRC.

Prof Maher has published 550+ papers (200+ in the last 5 years) including papers in NEJM, BMJ, Lancet, Ann Intern Med, CMAJ, JAMA Intern Med. For more information about me, including publications, please visit my profile page: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/christopher.maher.php

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Keywords

overdiagnosis, Low value health care, low back pain, musculoskeletal conditions

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2140

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