I am an academic general practitioner (GP) combining teaching, research and clinical roles at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne. Following completion of my PhD in December 2015 I was successful in being appointed to a continuing teaching and research post and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in September 2017. My research interests include optimal use of medications, use of technology in general practice and the use of general practice datasets to assess management, evaluate models of care, and develop systems to provide decision support to assist GPs with their work. I aim to build a team that will be at the forefront of validating and developing innovations for the use of GP datasets and decision support in general practice and am already progressing towards this aim, carrying out key research collaborations with both national and international partners.
I am working in Stream 1 of the OPUS CRE, which has a focus on the development of a prognostic tool to support decision making for total joint replacement. Together with other colleagues, I am working on three related studies:
- A qualitative study exploring experiences of care and management of knee osteoarthritis in the community. We will be interviewing patients both pre and post knee replacement surgery.
- An exploration of the impact of multimorbidity on patient reported outcomes for people with knee osteoarthritis using the UK Biobank dataset. This study is being carried out in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Glasgow.
- Development of a risk prediction tool for use in general practice to identify (a) people at risk of progressing to knee replacement surgery, and (b) people that might not benefit from knee replacement surgery. This study is being led by PhD student and statistician Sharmala Thuraisingam and is funded by the 2018 RACGP Foundation/HCF Research Foundation Research Grant.
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