Clinical Innovations


Clinical Innovations refers to innovative methods and procedures across a wide range of conditions including cancer, women’s and children’s health, hip and knee replacements and new surgical methods and procedures for better patient outcomes and care. Our research program includes studies focus on gaining a better understanding of disease pathways, how to best treat a condition, prevention and new options for health care and practice.

Our researchers work intimately with clinicians, hospital staff and patients in hopes of proving the best health outcomes in these crucial areas.



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:

  • Cancer
  • Hip and knee surgery and treatments
  • 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
  • Diagnostic advances in Coeliac Disease
  • Rare Diseases
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Conception, birth methods, childhood diseases and reproductive health concerns

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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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Evaluating the efficacy of a point of care testing and HLA typing in screening high risk first degree relatives of patients with coeliac disease [Chief Investigator: Dr James Daveson]
  • FOXP2 gene expression in Classic Galactosaemia [Chief Investigator: A/Prof David Coman]
  • Profiling the intratumoural microbiome and host reactions in breast cancer [Chief Investigator: Prof Melissa Brown]
  • Molecular mechanisms of kallikrein 7 enzymes promoting ovarian cancer metastasis and chemoresistance [Chief Investigator: Dr Ying Dong]
  • Patient self-journaling of the oncology experience (PJOE) [Chief Investigator: Ms Carlie Nielsen]
  • SNAC 2: Breast Cancer Observational – 10 year follow up post sentinel node/axillary clearance
  • QGBM 02.1: GBM infusion
  • Maternal Assisted Caesarean: What are the advantages and disadvantages of this procedure versus a traditional caesarean

Our Researchers

– Dr Nicholas Brown

– Prof Melissa Brown

– Ms Erin Caruana

– A/Prof David Coman

– Dr James Daveson

– Dr Ying Dong

– Dr Pauline Joubert

– Dr Ian Martin

– Dr Morgan Pokorny

– Prof David Walker

– Dr Margaret Williamson

– Dr Phillip Lockie

– Dr Kate Sinclair

– Dr Ian Bennett

Research Supporters

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