Our research

Our team works on 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 causes 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, with primary care becoming a major contributor to the problem.

  • Overdiagnosis has led to massive increase in the apparent prevalence of many diseases through definition change and overdetection, and is the largest contributor to the rise in health care costs.

  • Non-drug 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, which we have estimated as over $100 Billion per  year resulting from avoidable design flaws, non-publication and poor reporting.

Research centres

The Centre for Using Healthcare Wisely focusses on detecting, measuring and communicating the harms of overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Overdiagnosis and overtreatment are the largest contributor to the rise in health care costs and overdiagnosis has directly led to massive increases in the prevalence of many health conditions through definition changes and overdetection.

The Centre for Research Excellence in Minimising Antibiotic Resistance in the Community (CRE-MARC) will continue to address the issue of antibiotic resistance and build on the achievements of CREMARA in acute respiratory infections and extend this research into a second phase of implementation.

 

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.

Our Evidence-Based Practice Professorial Unit at Gold Coast University Hospital aims to ensure all health care workers are skilled users of research. The Unit is a joint initiative between Bond University and the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service. They operate on the principle that the incorporation of the best evidence in routine clinical care leads to the best outcomes for patients.