Improving outcomes for clinical surgery patients

Our research addresses the full spectrum of evidence-based surgical practice including

  • surgical clinical trials
  • cost-effectiveness studies of new surgical interventions
  • systematic reviews of the literature and meta-analysis
  • studies of the actual uptake of research evidence and clinical practice guidelines into surgical practice
  • measurement of patient preferences for alternate treatment options
  • long-term studies of patient outcomes following surgical procedures.

SOuRCe undertakes a broad range of clinical and health service research that aims to improve outcomes for surgical patients. All projects follow a multidisciplinary approach bringing together expertise in clinical science, epidemiology, health economics and health psychology. Projects frequently include students and trainee clinicians to provide research training opportunities.

Download our SOuRCe Report, SOuRCe Report_D1_1Jul2020, for more information about the work we do, or contact us at to learn how to get involved.

Our flagship programs

In recent years, we have developed a number of flagship research programs, comprising a large number of interlinked projects with contribution from a broad range of investigators and collaborators.

Pelvic Exenteration Research Program

Pelvic exenteration is complex, radical surgery for advanced or recurrent pelvic cancers. RPAH is one of only two hospitals in Australia that performs large numbers of this surgery and has evolved over 20 years into an internationally recognised centre of excellence.

We hold the largest database in the world, capturing clinical and patient-reported outcomes of pelvic exenterations.  With over 50 ongoing research projects, SOuRCe has extensively contributed to the development of the current clinical practice.

Peritonectomy Research Program

The Peritonectomy Research program at RPAH is the newest addition to SOuRCe’s research profile, with Cytoreductive Surgery & Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (CRS & HIPEC), performed to treat advanced cancers involving the lining of the abdomen.

The research program started at the beginning of 2017, and will allow detailed analysis and understanding of the outcomes, safety benefits and cost-effectiveness of this surgery. The data collected by SOuRCe will also be used to identify specific patient groups who are more likely to benefit from this highly specialised surgery.

Cancer Care Coordination Research Program

The cancer care pathway is complex, so making sure that patients can make informed decisions and have their supportive needs met leads to better patient outcomes. Established in 2007, the Cancer Care Coordination Research Program (CONNECT) comprises a series of studies aiming to address unmet needs and improve care coordination for patients being treated for cancer.