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Plastic Surgery PhDs Delivering for Surgeons  

Siobhan Fitzpatrick PhD Candidate and Plastic Surgery Research Registrar

Plastic Surgery Research Registrar Siobhan Fitzpatrick is at the beginning of her PhD and some of her studies require the participation of plastic surgeons across Australia. 

Her PhD is on abdominoplasty.

Please read this message from Siobhan. If you’re interested in this field of research please contact Siobhan for more information: by email or visit the AbdomiCare website

Australian Hand Difference Register

Status: Active


Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

P: +61 (3) 9936 6766


National burns registry with outcome and clinical indicators

Status: Active


BRAZ Project Office
School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine
Monash University
Contact: Professor Belinda Gabbe

P: +61 3 9903 0288

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NHMRC (Dev grant Phamaxis)

Exploration of Lox inhibition as a therapeutic target

Status: Active


Dr Mark Fear
(Senior Research FellowBurn Injury Research Unit UWA)

P: +61 8 6488 8133



Proteomic analysis of the paediatric burn wounds

Status: Active


Associate Professor Leila Cuttle
(Principal research fellow QUT)

P: +61 7 3069 7208


Cost Effectiveness of Breast Reduction  

Tamara Crittenden et al was first author on a paper accepted into the Medical Journal of Australia on the cost effectiveness of breast reduction.   Tamara’s PhD has produced three land mark papers in this area and has influenced the Dept of Health.  Click on the links to review her papers.

Crittenden TA, Watson DI, Ratcliffe J, Griffin PA, Dean NR. Outcomes of Breast Reduction Surgery Using the BREAST-Q: A Prospective Study and Comparison with Normative Data. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019;144(5):1034-44.

Crittenden T, Watson DI, Ratcliffe J, Griffin PA, Dean NR. Does breast reduction surgery improve health-related quality of life? A prospective cohort study in Australian women. BMJ Open. 2020;10(2):e031804.

How does BBR stack up against other ops? – Full text of story relating to assessing the cost-effectiveness of surgery COMING SOON

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