Our research

Our team works on four big, neglected problems in healthcare. Our current research projects focus on four such neglected problems: Overdiagnosis; Antibiotic resistance; Neglected non-pharmaceutical treatments and Waste in research.

Our research areas

  • Antibiotic resistance currently leads to 30,000 avoidable deaths per year in Europe and the USA, threatens elective surgery, and foreshadows a resurgence of the bacterial diseases of the 19th century.

  • Overdiagnosis has led to a massive increase in the apparent prevalence of many diseases through definition change and overdetection, and rising healthcare costs.

  • Non-drug pharmaceutical treatments are often as effective and as safe, or safer than their pharmaceutical cousins but are poorly described, poorly “marketed”, and therefore little used.

  • Waste in medical research, is estimated to cost over $100 billion per  year from avoidable design flaws, non-publication and poor reporting, resulting in >85% avoidable waste.

Research centres

The Centre for Research Excellence in Minimising Antibiotic Resistance in the Community (CRE-MARC) addresses the issue of antibiotic resistance. It builds on the work of CREMARA (The Centre for Research Excellence in Minimising Antibiotic Resistance for Acute Respiratory Infections: 2012-2018), in acute respiratory infections, extending this research into a second phase of implementation.

 

The Centre for Using Healthcare Wisely is a collaborative research centre which focusses on detecting, measuring and communicating the harms of overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

The Evidence-Based Practice Professorial Unit (EBBPU) at Gold Coast University Hospital aims to ensure all healthcare workers are skilled users of research. The Unit is a joint initiative between Bond University and the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

The Centre for Evidence-Informed Health Decisions is primarily focussed on conducting research that helps people to make informed decisions about health – including health professionals, patients, and the public. Research activities of the centre include the development and dissemination of patient decision aids and the development of online and interactive training courses in shared decision making.

The EQUATOR (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research) Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and wider use of robust reporting guidelines. In addition to helping carry out the strategic vision of the EQUATOR network in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, the focus of the Australasian EQUATOR Centre is on reducing waste and enhancing the value of biomedical research.