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Orthopaedics: Barwon Centre for Orthopaedic Research and Education (B-CORE)

Barwon Centre for Orthopaedic Research and Education (B-CORE) is one of the broadest and most active research groups dedicated to orthopaedic musculoskeletal health research in Australia. B-CORE has extensive clinical trials experience on investigator initiated, national and international multi-centre studies. B-CORE is a member of the Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT), under the School of Medicine at Deakin University.

In the past decade, we have expanded to include researchers across multiple disciplines, including sports and exercise sciences, nutrition and dietetics, epidemiology, molecular biology, genomics, political science and health economics. We collaborate with research teams working across the world to help advance the science of musculoskeletal health.

The B-CORE team explores every aspect of musculoskeletal health and conducts ‘bench-top to bedside’ research from basic investigations to clinical trials of new treatments, process change in care delivery and population-wide studies of prevention.

While our core mission is to translate this knowledge into new strategies to control musculoskeletal health, many of our investigators are also making scientific progress against other diseases and conditions.

Research Areas

Collaborating Organisations


ACDI Collaboration

AOA National Joint Replacement Registry Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry Shoulder and Elbow Society of Australia  Australian Orthopaedic Association Sydney University


Deakin University Epworth HealthCare La Trobe University Monash University  

University of Melbourne

St John of God Health Care University of NSW Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry Victorian Orthopaedic Foundation  



Hôpitaux Universitaires Genève, Switzerland 

Karolinska Institutet, Sweden LROI Dutch Joint Registry 

Oxford University, (NDORMS) UK

McMaster University, Canada

Nordic Arthroplasty Registry Association

Kaiser Permanente, USA

Schulthess Clinic, Switzerland  Herlev-Gentofte Hospital, University Of Copenhagen, Denmark 


Research Team

Research Staff

Research Students (Deakin University)

Master of Surgical Research

  • Dr Henry Ring

 PhD Candidates

  • Mr Nick Emerson, Institute of Frontier Materials
  • Dr Sam Lynskey, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Dr Fil Cosic (Monash)
  • Dr Narinder Kumar (Monash)

Past Students

  • Honours
    • Nima Kamal
    • Anusha Budehal
    • Lambros Anagnostelos
  • Masters of Surgical Research
    • Dr Nicholas Paltoglou
    • Dr Hugh Gillies
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    • Dr Darcie Cooper, PhD
    • Dr Gil Stynes, PhD, FRACS (Melbourne)

Research News

Research Grants

  • NIHR – NHMRC Grant –Reverse or Anatomical (replacement) for Painful Shoulder Osteoarthritis: Differences between Interventions – (RAPSODI-Aus) Deakin University: 2021
  • MRFF Ideas Grant - Intensive physiotherapy to lower hospital length of stay after hip fracture HIPSTER Study - Monash University 2022
  • NHMRC Ideas Grant - Predicting fracture outcomes from clinical Registry data using Artificial Intelligence Supplemented models for Evidence-informed treatment (PRAISE) study: 2021 – 2024
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Research Foundation - Clinical biomarker shoulder study: transcriptomic differences between osteoarthritis of the shoulder, capsulitis and rotator cuff tears: 2021 -2023
  • AOA Research Foundation - PhD research scholarship: 2021 - 2022
  • Australian Football League - Injury profiles of female Australian Rules Football players: a survey of Geelong and South-Western Victoria (AFLW Injury Study): 2018 - 2020
  • Deakin University - Gender differences in lower limb biomechanics in Australian Football players: 2021
  • De Puy Orthopaedic Fellowship: 2006 - 2024
  • SJOG Health Care - SJOG Research Fellowship: 2017-2026
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Advancing the Care of Patients with Musculoskeletal Injuries Worldwide through Multi-National Research Initiatives: 2016 - 2023

Featured Publications

Does an Increase in Supraspinatus Tendon Thickness After Swimming Increase the Likelihood of Future Shoulder Pain? Porter, K., Shield, A., Pascoe, D., Harvey, J., & Talpey, S. (2023). Sports Health, 19417381231208715.

Reducing the environmental impact of surgery on a global scale: systematic review and co-prioritization with healthcare workers in 132 countries. British Journal of Surgery, 2023; 110 (7), 804-817
Anticipatory effects on side-step cutting biomechanics in Women’s Australian Football League players. T Rolley, SD Gill, M Keast, T Reade, R Page, J Bonacci, J Stella, ...BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 2023; 9 (2), e001587
Survivorship of shoulder arthroplasty for young patients with osteoarthritis: An Analysis of the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry. A Khoriati, AP McBride, M Ross, P Duke, G Hoy, R Page, C Holder, ...Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2023
Obesity is associated with an increased risk of undergoing shoulder arthroplasty in Australia. SDJ Morgan, CJ Wall, RN de Steiger, SE Graves, MF Lorimer, RS Page. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2023.
Biomarkers of Osteoarthritis—A Narrative Review on Causal Links with Metabolic Syndrome. SJ Lynskey, MJ Macaluso, SD Gill, SL McGee, RS Page. Life 2023; 13 (3), 730
Reduced revision rates in total shoulder arthroplasty with crosslinked polyethylene: results from the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry. RS Page, AC Alder-Price, S Rainbird, SE Graves, RN de Steiger, Y Peng, ...Clinical orthopaedics and related research, 2022; 480 (10), 1940
Effect of aspirin vs enoxaparin on symptomatic venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing hip or knee arthroplasty: the CRISTAL randomized trial. VS Sidhu, TL Kelly, N Pratt, SE Graves, R Buchbinder, S Adie, ...Jama, 2022; 328 (8), 719-727
Impaired health-related quality of life, psychological distress, and productivity loss in younger people with persistent shoulder pain: a cross-sectional analysis. Ackerman, K Fotis, L Pearson, P Schoch, N Broughton, ...Disability and Rehabilitation, 2022; 44 (15), 3785-3794

Mid-term outcomes of pyrolytic carbon humeral resurfacing hemiarthroplasty compared with metal humeral resurfacing and metal stemmed hemiarthroplasty for osteoarthritis in …AP McBride, M Ross, G Hoy, P Duke, R Page, Y Peng, F Taylor. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2022; 31 (4), 755-762

Simulating the effect of glenohumeral capsulorrhaphy on kinematics and muscle function. AS Fox, J Bonacci, SD Gill, RS Page. Journal of Orthopaedic Research®. 2021; 39 (4), 880-890


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Clinical trials require ongoing investment and there are several ways to support this amazing work,

You can make a donation today and contribute to an item on our research wish list, consider a bequest in your will, or establish a lasting legacy fund in your name. No matter what size, your philanthropic support with deliver an immediate impact.

To donate now or for more information and further discuss your support, please contact the Barwon Health Foundation.

Wish List

  1. Any support, small to large, would help support our Shoulder Biomarker Research Program: a broad range of research studies investigating adhesive capsulitis, shoulder instability, rotator cuff tears and osteoarthritis.
  2. We are seeking support of PhD stipends to enable early career researchers to participate in the Shoulder Biomarker program of research and other B-CORE studies. PhD stipends are ~ $30,000 per year, for 3 years full-time.

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Last Modified: Wednesday, 22 November 2023

Research Lead


Professor Richard Page

Director, B-CORE
Director of Orthopaedic Research, 
Barwon Health & St John of God Geelong
Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, Deakin University
[email protected]
Phone: (03) 5222 5777


 Kirsten Porter

Dr Kirsten Porter

Research Coordinator
[email protected]
Phone: (03) 4215 2208


stephen gill photo cropped

Dr Stephen Gill

Senior Research Fellow
[email protected]

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