Orthopaedics research at Murdoch

Our orthopaedic research led by Professor Allan Wang, Professor Piers Yates, Mr Ben Jeffcote and Mr Mark Hurworth focuses on improving outcomes for patients. Research concentrates on rehabilitation and investigating if new technology improves patient outcomes after knee, hip and shoulder surgery.

Our research is undertaken at the Murdoch Centre for Orthopaedic Research at St John of God Murdoch Hospital – one of the leading private hospitals providing orthopaedic care in Western Australia.

  • Orthopaedic research is particularly important as there is an increasing number of technologies and equipment available in this field. Therefore assessing patient outcomes (including recovery times, mobility, complications and time spent in hospital) ensures this technology is used effectively.
  • Furthermore, physiotherapy and medication to assist recovery and care is important for patients undergoing knee, hip and shoulder replacements. Optimal use of medication and improved physiotherapy protocols ensure patients have reduced pain levels and improved mobility after surgery.
  • Our research focuses on assessing how new technologies and techniques work for patients undergoing knee, hip and shoulder surgery.
  • We are also investigating new exercise rehabilitation protocols and methods for assessing patient outcomes after surgery.

We have 12 clinical trials underway and are currently recruiting participants.

A comparison of functional outcomes at baseline and three months post knee arthroscopy: a pilot study.
Principal Investigator: Mr Ben Jeffcote

A study on the 3D microstructure of tendons with different physiology.
Principal Investigator: Professor Allan Wang

Clinical and radiological outcome using the Absolut femoral prosthesis and the Global cup system.
Principal Investigator: Professor Piers Yates

Computer Navigated Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty: The Learning Curve.
Principal Investigator: Professor Allan Wang

Defining a randomised, controlled study of Ortho-ATI™ vs corticosteriod injection for treatment of rotator cuff tendinopathy and tear.
Principal Investigator: Professor Allan Wang

Exercise rehabilitation and functional recovery following revision shoulder arthroplasty.
Principal Investigator: Professor Allan Wang

Partial versus Total Knee Replacement: a single surgeon retrospective study.
Principal Investigator: Mr Ben Jeffcote

Patient Satisfaction following plantar fasciotomy for plantar fasciitis.
Principal Investigator: Mr Peter Ammon

Pilot Study of CelGro® Collagen Scaffold to Augment Surgical Repair of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy and Tear.
Principal Investigator: Professor Allan Wang

The Knee Stress Test: a proposed test for assessing patient outcomes in knee arthroplasty using a bicycle power meter.
Investigators: Mr Mark Hurworth, Mr Ben Jeffcote, Mr Gerald Lim, Mr Michael Anderson, Mr Graham Forward

The Safety of Tranexamic Acid in "High Risk" Arthroplasty Patients.
Principal Investigator: Professor Piers Yates

Please contact mcor@sjog.org.au for more information.

Professor Allan Wang – Orthopaedic Surgeon
Professor Piers Yates - Orthopaedic Surgeon
Mr Ben Jeffcote – Orthopaedic Surgeon
Mr Mark Hurworth – Orthopaedic Surgeon
Mr Peter Ammon – Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr Katherine Mackie – Orthopaedic Research Officer
Ms Rebekah Laurenson – Orthopaedic Research Officer