Research Participation

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ASPS is committed to promoting plastic and reconstructive research. Here are some current studies requesting research participation.


Shave biopsy for diagnosing in situ or thin invasive melanomas: clinician perspectives

Dr Daniel Lindsay, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. 06/02/24

Evidence-based clinical guidelines recommend excisional biopsy as the most reliable diagnostic method for lesions suspected for melanoma. However, recent trends indicate greater use of shave biopsy for diagnosing thin lesions (<1mm thick) suspicious of melanoma. We want to know your attitudes and opinions about the use of shave biopsy for the initial diagnosis of thin lesions suspicious of melanoma, including the factors you consider important for determining whether a shave biopsy could be used.

Follow the link for more information:

Hand and Wrist Trauma: Antimicrobials and Infection – Audit of Clinical Practice (HAWAII – ACP)

Dr Shiraz Shafi, Project lead, Reconstructive Surgical Trials Network. 25/01/24

The Reconstructive Surgery Trials Network (RSTN) have requested surgeon participation in an Audit of Clinical Practice (HAWAII – ACP). The aim of this audit is to assess how World Health Organisation guidelines for Surgical Site Infection prevention are currently implemented in hand trauma surgery and to explore which antimicrobial interventions are currently in use in this population.

To register your interest and for more information, follow the link:

Multidisciplinary quality indicators for head and neck cancer: a modified Delphi study

Dr Rebecca Venchiarutti, Head and Neck Research Fellow, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. 31/05/23 Round 1, 14/11/23 Round 2.

Head and neck cancer is an area of unmet need in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. A multidisciplinary group of researchers across Australia are working to establish a priority set of multidisciplinary clinical quality indicators for head and neck cancer care, so that we can evaluate the quality of care delivered to patients.

To do this, we need your expertise – we are inviting individuals to participate in an anonymous online Delphi consensus study to determine a priority set of clinical quality indicators for head and neck cancer care in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. This will involve 2-3 survey rounds starting 15 June 2023. Each survey round is anticipated to take 40 minutes to complete. You can take part in any number of survey rounds.

Please access the participant information sheet and the survey here:


Exploring Operating Room Staff Experience Related to The Design of Operating Room Spaces in Australia

Kasey Irwin, PhD Candidate, University of Adelaide, Adelaide Nursing School, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. 20/09/23

You are invited to complete an online questionnaire about understanding staff engagement and perceptions of factors that influence safety and function

when designing Operating Rooms. To thank you for your participation, when you complete the questionnaire, you will be directed to the optional prize draw where

you will have the chance to enter a draw to win one (1) of four (4) $100 gift cards. The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Adelaide; approval number H2023-095.

Please select the survey link/scan the QR code:


The Role of Tranexamic Acid in Australian Plastic Surgery

Dr Daniel Ricciardello, Concord Reparation General Hospital. 09/06/23

All current members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, plastic surgery fellows and plastic surgery registrars are invited to complete a 5 min survey on ‘Tranexamic Acid (TXA) in Plastic Surgery: An Australian Perspective’. Tranexamic acid (TXA) has garnered popularity as an inexpensive and effective agent for reducing intra- and post- operative bleeding with anti-inflammatory properties. While it has been adopted in a variety of surgical specialities, the literature surrounding its use in plastic surgery is limited. The survey aims to determine a national picture of TXA use and preferences of plastic surgeons in Australia.

Survey link: Tranexamic Acid (TXA) in Plastic Surgery: An Australian Perspective

ASPS is committed to helping researchers advertise relevant plastic and reconstructive research. You may request ASPS help to distribute information about your project to our members via e-newsletters or on our Member portal. Please complete the below expression of interest form if you would like ASPS to advertise your research project.

Please note that our member database will not be disclosed to you under any circumstance. The decision to accept or decline your request is at ASPS’s discretion and may be subject to change. Advertisement of your research project does not constitute endorsement from ASPS.

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