Knee replacement research receives funding

An innovative HammondCare research project that examines the best rehabilitation path for people after knee replacements has been awarded funding from the HCF Research Foundation.

The project is part of PhD studies for physiotherapist Mark Buhagiar, Braeside Hospital's Manager of Allied Health, and also involves the hospital's Director of Rehabilitation, A/Prof Freidbert Kohler, as well as researchers from South West Sydney Local Health District.

The project was one of 10 to be awarded funding from a field of 236 applicants and was chosen for its "potential to improve the safety and quality of health service delivery for all Australians".

More than *48,000 knee joint replacements are recorded in Australia each year, but the provision and mode of rehabilitation for patients after surgery varies from hospital to hospital, and state to state.

Research into the efficacy of post operative inpatient rehabilitation, and also the preferences of clinicians and patients, is the focus of the research project which includes a first of its kind, randomised trial of inpatient verses home based rehabilitation.

Thesis award

The project has also been the subject of an award in a Three Minute Thesis Competition held at the Ingham Institute Research and Teaching Showcase. Mr Buhagiar's presentation can be read here.

HCF Research Foundation funding totalled $2.2million and ranged from $40,000 to $400,000 per project. Other research projects addressed reduced emergency presentations, improved pre-admission processes, decision support for women with breast cancer and a range of other health care issues.