HERMU researchers win Metro North’s Health Services and Implementation Research Award 2018

Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Screening Clinics Research team
Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Screening Clinics Research team (Left to right: A/Professor Tracy Comans, Nicole Moretto, Dr Shaun O’Leary, Maree Raymer, Dr Angela Chang, Dr Lachlan Standfield (absent). Photo source: State of Queensland (Metro North Hospital and Health Service)

A/Prof Tracy Comans and Nicole Moretto from UQ’s Health Economics Research & Modelling Unit were awarded Winner of the Health Services and Implementation Research Award at the 2018 Metro North Research Excellence Awards for their achievements as part of the Physiotherapy Screening Clinics Research team.

Over the past five years, the Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Screening Clinics Research team have demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of Physiotherapy Screening Clinics. Using their highly specialised modelling skills, the team implemented, computer-based simulation modelling that allowed decision makers to determine the scale and optimal mix of services required to address outpatient demand. Their innovative work has influenced a new investment of approximately $6.5 million in changes to service delivery statewide, improving patient access to high-quality, non-surgical care and reducing waiting times.


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Last updated:
6 June 2019