Research and Education at VHSA
Research at VHSA aims to evaluate and improve the treatment outcomes of surgical procedures and non-surgical interventions, increase awareness and knowledge of the biomechanics of the wrist and hand, and by laboratory research, evaluate the different structures that allow normal function of the hand.
The results of our research are shared with other surgeons, research scientists and hand therapists through local and international conferences and scientific publications. This activity is an important way of keeping abreast with the latest advances in Hand Surgery, for purposes of continued medical education, and serves to improve our knowledge and the results of treatment.
Members of VHSA collaborate with doctors within St Vincent’s Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital and Dandenong Hospital; researchers at the O’Brien Institute, Department of Biomechanical Engineering at Melbourne University and Monash Institute of Medical Engineering at Monash University. Research is a key activity for the clinical fellows who spend a year training in the subspecialty of hand surgery with VHSA.
The Surgeons of the VHSA and Hand Therapists are also active in the teaching programmes of undergraduate medical students and hand therapists, trainee plastic and orthopaedic surgeons and qualified surgeons who come to the VHSA for further specialized training in Hand Surgery.