Research

VOTOR Research Programs:


Lower Limb Program

Program Leaders

The aim of the Lower Limb Program is to explore factors affecting traumatic injuries affecting the pelvis and lower limb.  Research focused on improving patient outcomes is a priority. We encourage and facilitate investigator driven research relating to classifications, management and outcomes of lower limb traumatic injuries.

Current projects include:

  • Midfoot vs hindfoot outcomes in the multitrauma patients
  • Management and outcomes of tibial plafond fractures
  • Outcomes and costs of severe pelvic ring fractures
  • Costs and outcomes of femoral shalf and distal femur fractures in road trauma
  • Outcomes and costs of severe extremity injuries
  • Linkage of VOTOR with the AOA National Joint Replacement Registry (NJRR) for hip fractures
  • Outcomes of hip fracture in older patients
  • Functional outcomes of acetabular fracture fixation in patients over 60 years of age
  • Joint arthroplasty following tibial plateau fractures

Upper Limb Program

Program Leaders

The aim of the Upper Limb Program is to explore factors affecting traumatic injuries affecting the shoulder, elbow wrist and hand. Research focused on improving patient outcomes is a priority. We encourage and facilitate investigator driven research relating to classifications, management and outcomes of upper limb traumatic injuries.

Current projects include:

  • Epidemiology of clavicle fractures in major trauma
  • Comparison of outcomes of surgically and conservatively managed scapular fractures

Spine

Program Leader

The aim of the Spine Program is to explore factors affecting traumatic injuries of the spine.  Research focused on improving patient outcomes is a priority. We encourage and facilitate investigator driven research relating to classifications, management and outcomes of spinal injuries.

Current projects include:

  • Outcomes of cervical facet joint fractures
  • Long term outcomes of patients managed in a halothoracic brace at The Alfred
  • Acute management and longer term outcomes of patients requiring a Boston overlap brace (BOB) for traumatic thoracic or lumbar vetebral fractures
  • Spinopelvic dissociation following trauma - The Royal Melbourne Hospital Experience and Literature Review

Injury Burden and Outcomes Program

Program Leader

The aim of the Injury Burden and Outcomes Program is to facilitate and conduct research focused on quantifying the burden of orthopaedic trauma, and validating and improving methods for measuring burden and outcomes. We encourage and facilitate investigator driven research relating to measuring and quantifying the burden of orthopaedic trauma.

Current projects include:

  • Tracking physical activity and sedentary behavior following serious orthopaedic injury
  • Examination of the role of compensation systems in pain after injury
  • The role of fault attributions in transport injury outcomes
  • Modelling the population impact of injury
  • Zimmer Study: Incidence and costs of non union, delayed and malunion 2 years following tibia, femur and proximal humerus fractures
  • Mental health outcomes of orthopaedic trauma patients
  • Validation of ICD-10-AM comorbidity coding in orthopaedic trauma
  • Impact of regionalised trauma care on access to services and patient outcomes following road trauma
  • Validating measures of pain outcomes in orthopaedic trauma