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Life cycle assessments in the hospital space for waste reduction

Recovering, recycling, reuse and reducing waste in the health sector becomes more and more important as it will help hospitals to become more sustainable and to reduce their impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Life cycle assessments of materials, for examples plastic packaging, is an important tool to establish the best practice for recovery and recycling of these materials.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)

Centre for a Waste-Free World

Hospital readmission prediction with domain knowledge

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has highlighted that reducing avoidable hospital readmissions supports better health outcomes, improves patient safety and leads to greater efficiency in the health system. Previous studies have reported that up to 11% of the Emergency (ED) population are "heavy users" with a higher prevalence of psychosocial problems and often co-existing chronic medical conditions. All Australian governments have committed to reforms under the National Health Reform Agreement Addendum,1 and the …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Computer Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science

Implementing research into clinical care: does our Tertiary Obesity Multidisciplinary Service improve outcomes beyond weight loss?

Obesity may be a barrier to accessing non-emergent surgery for conditions including hip and knee replacements, some early cancers, and kidney transplantation. Weight loss treatment is a complex intervention, with multiple components contributing to induce a weight loss response in individuals. Best practice weight loss interventions are delivered by a multidisciplinary team (MDT) - including dietitian, physiotherapist or exercise physiologist, pharmacist, psychologist, and physician.We are using an implementation science framework to evaluate the enablers and barriers to implementing best evidence …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

In-silico clinical trials to assess implant performance after shoulder joint replacement

The challenge of conducting a clinical trial to test the performance of joint replacement prosthetics in-vivo results in an expensive and risky lead time for the development of new implant designs. Computational methods have the potential to significantly improve the workflow of implant design via in-silico clinical trials.Anatomical variation in bone morphology across populations also presents a challenge, and new prosthetics will need to be offered in a variety of shapes and sizes to maximise their suitability for a diverse …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)
Centre for Biomedical Technologies

Investigation of host tissue response to synthetic pelvic meshes in patients with complications

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a prevalent disease affecting 37% of asymptomatic women. Pelvic mesh implantation is a common surgical procedure employed to treat stress urinary incontinence, rectal prolapse and pelvic organ prolapse. However, the use of pelvic meshes can cause complications such as erosion, infection, pain and discomfort, which sometimes require further surgery. In Australia, in November 2017, the TGA banned transvaginal mesh for prolapse. Currently, women with complications from their pelvic mesh may opt to have them surgically …

Study level
Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Biomedical Technologies

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