The Queensland Orthopaedic Research Fund (QORF) is a not-for-profit and registered charitable organisation committed to improving lives by supporting innovative orthopaedic research and collaboration in Queensland.
QORF is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and is dedicated to the improvement of musculoskeletal outcomes in Queensland.
All costs for administering the Queensland Orthopaedic Research Fund are provided by the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) ensuring that 100% of funds received can support vital research.
With a focus on promoting collaborative research, QORF aims to bring together the musculoskeletal research community in Queensland. A unique feature of the QORF website is a live “Members Blog” created to share opportunities for collaboration, mentoring, contemporary challenges and advice regarding current grant opportunities.
QORF Research Grants are open to all orthopaedic training registrars and junior doctors in Queensland, encouraging them to build a strong foundation for their research careers. In addition to funding, QORF aims to support new investigators with opportunities to establish mentor relationships with well-respected orthopaedic surgeons and access to a database of experienced research professionals who share our passion and vision for Queensland based orthopaedic research.
A list of supported projects is regularly updated on the QORF website and grant recipients are announced via a quarterly newsletter. A sample of the creative research that QORF is delighted to support includes:
A study that aims to reduce infections in ankle fracture surgery
Immediate diagnosis of joint infections using bed-side iPhone live imaging
A virtual fracture clinic and app that improves speed and ease of access to treatment in regional and remote settings
A study that aims to prevent and reduce Rapid Response Team activations in a Queensland public hospital and health service - improving patient outcomes and protecting the use of valuable hospital resources
A review of the cost-effectiveness of arthroplasty clinics and the question of when should patients be discharged
The effectiveness of Telehealth reviews of non-urgent orthopaedic patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We look forward to working together to improve the lives of Queenslanders by contributing to fresh and meaningful musculoskeletal research.
Professor Peter Steadman
Dr Philip Dalton
Dr Greg Couzens