Surgical & Medical Innovations


Non-surgical medical procedures are used to diagnose, measure, monitor or treat problems such as diseases or injuries that don’t require surgery. Some examples are scans such as an x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) that focuses on a particular area of the body.

Some of the more common and well known surgical procedures in Australia include repair of bone fractures, removal of tumors and bariatric surgery for weight loss. All medical and surgical procedures have benefits, risks and possible side effects.

Theme Leader: Angela Tapuni

WMR works in partnership with a multi-disciplinary team that specialises in research studies leading to innovation in patient care and new improved methods of treatment in the following fields:

  • Sports medicine including surgical repair techniques and post-operative recovery
  • Rehabilitation for patients during hospital admissions
  • Hormonal and thyroid conditions
  • Diagnostic advances in prostate cancer


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Latest News

Announcement of award recipients from the February 2016 support application round!

  • Dr Nicholas Brown and team for establishing “Prospective Database of Urology and Radiology Outcomes at The Wesley Hospital”.
  • Ms Erina Caruana and her team for exploring “The Implementation of a 6-day Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Service at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital”.

Announcement of award recipients from the July 2016 support application round!

  • Dr Steven Lawrie for researching “Medical Meniscal Root Repairs: A Simple New Arthroscopic Technique”.
  • Dr Katherine Williamson for looking into “Effects of Bariatric Surgery on Bone Density at 24 months”.

Other news:

  • The Sunshine Coast Orthopaedic team are about to commence recruitment for their first research project since joining forces with WMR. It’s an exciting time for all involved and is the third Uniting Care Hospital engaging in research with WMR


Current Research Projects

  • Effects of Bariatric Surgery on Bone Density at 24 months [Chief Investigator: Dr Margaret Williamson]
  • Medical Meniscal Root Repairs: A Simple New Arthroscopic Technique [Chief Investigator: Dr Steven Lawrie]
  • The Implementation of a 6-day Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Service at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital [Chief Investigator: Ms Erina Caruana]
  • Prospective Database of Urology and Radiology Outcomes at The Wesley Hospital [Chief Investigator: Dr Nicholas Brown]
  • Development of a broader understanding of Vitamin D levels in patients undergoing sleeve gastrectomy to inform guidelines for post-surgery supplementation [Chief Investigators: Dr Ian Martin, Mrs Claire Dix]
  • Intraarticular Steroid versus Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in Knee Osteoarthritis [Chief Investigator: Dr Nicholas Brown]
  • The MAGNIFI Trial: Metastasis assessment with Gallium-68 PSMA and Nanoparticle Imaging Fusion International [Chief Investigator: Dr Morgan Porkorny]
  • Implementation of an orthopaedic enhanced recovery pathway for elective total knee arthroplasty and total hip arthroplasty [Chief Investigator: Mr Ross Ferguson]
  • Return to sport fatigue testing tool post ACL reconstruction – can we more accurately predict a successful return to sport post ACL reconstruction [Chief Investigator: Dr Steven Lawrie]
  • Understanding the role of hip muscle function after hip arthroscopy to inform rehabilitation and improve patient outcomes [Chief Investigator: A/Prof Patrick Weinrauch]
  • The reconstruction of large segmental bone defects using patient-specific tissue engineered constructs [Chief Investigator: Dr Ian Dickinson]


Our Researchers

– Dr Nicholas Brown

– Ms Erin Caruana

– Dr Ian Dickinson

– Mrs Claire Dix

– Mr Ross Ferguson

– Dr Steven Lawrie

– Dr Ian Martin

– Dr Morgan Pokorny

– A/Prof Patrick Weinrauch

– Dr Margaret Williamson



Research Supporters

The Thorsen Foundation          |          Estate of Bruce Proudfoot          |          St Marks Uniting Church (Mt Gravatt)          |          The Ashintosh Foundation