Ten of the best research projects 2012

Richard Osborne
Deakin University's Professor Richard Osborne has received a rare honour from the Australian government.

Professor Osborne, who is co-director of the University’s Population Health strategic research centre (DPH), has been included in the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) new publication "Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012."

Key Facts

  • Professor Osborne and his team's
    earlier research indicated that
    approximately 20 per cent of people
    waiting for a joint replacement
    rated their quality of life as nearly
    or as bad as being dead.
  • Professor Osborne and his team's
    Victorian orthopaedic waiting list
    reform program has been applied
    to all Victorian public hospitals
    and is helping to improve equity
    and access to timely health
    services.
  • Around 37,000 hip replacement
    procedures were conducted in
    Australia in 2011.

In 2006 Professor Osborne was awarded a five-year research fellowship by the NHMRC ($462,290) to advance arthritis public health in Australia.

A key outcome for Professor Osborne and his team of Public Health Innovation researchers was the Victorian orthopaedic waiting list reform that has been applied to all Victorian public hospitals and is helping to improve equity and access to timely hip and knee replacement surgery.

There have also been major advances in the fields of Chronic Disease Self-management and Health Literacy.

"The national recognition for my team's work was such a surprise," said Professor Osborne, who returned from an overseas study trip to attend the official function to launch the publication.

DPH has established a large portfolio of activities in public health research, implementation, training, knowledge translation, advocacy and expert advisory services, both in Australia and internationally.

 

The centre employs approximately 65 staff, generates over $4m per year in research funding and supports a dynamic cohort of Research Degree students.



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