The OPUS Mission
To improve the evidence-based treatment of patients with severe osteoarthritis.
Our vision is to become a world-class, high impact and global network that informs the policies and practices of treating osteoarthritis through contemporary and innovative multidisciplinary research.
This unique multidisciplinary collaboration of surgeons, health economists, statisticians, general practitioners and physiotherapists will improve patient selection, facilitate greater alignment of patient-surgeon expectations and improve outcomes, safety and efficiency of surgery. Proven cost- and clinically-effective interventions for patients both suitable and unsuitable for surgery will ensure equity for all Australians with severe osteoarthritis. Importantly, OPUS will create a training ground for the next generation of clinicians, and arthritis researchers.
We are currently working to provide the evidence and tools to inform practice in all stages of the care continuum for end-stage osteoarthritis, from referral to completion of care as we follow the ‘real world’ patient journey. Traditionally, the work to fill knowledge gaps in osteoarthritis treatment has been undertaken by isolated specialist groups. This disjointed approach is limited in its capacity to translate research into policy and practice. Informed by strong stakeholder input, the approach of OPUS is to bring together experts with the breadth and depth of skills required across the integrated translational process, from clinical processes and decision making, to outcomes, economic modelling and implementation science for extrapolation and generalisation.
This Centre will formalise and strengthen existing collaborations and foster new ones by investing in logistic support, promoting cross-discipline sharing, mentoring and co-supervising of PhD and postdoctoral research, and building capacity through doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows.
Over the last five years with our various project grants and collaborations, we have gathered the evidence, developed the tools and built a team that includes 8 national and international universities, 5 states and territories and international collaborators to take this program forward.
- Optimise patient selection and outcomes
- Empower patients in decision making
- Identify non-surgical alternatives
- Refine delivery and cost effectiveness of care