Department of Rheumatology

Australia’s population is ageing. By 2050 nearly a quarter of our population will be over 65. But while we’re living longer, it’s often in discomfort and chronic pain. For many, senior years are marred by physical disability due to bone and joint disorders that include more than 50 different types of arthritis, osteoporosis and spinal disorders.

We are dedicated to finding better treatment and ultimately a cure for these conditions.  Our findings have the potential to dramatically change the lives of millions of people currently suffering Australia-wide and internationally. The Rheumatology Department brings together scientific researchers and medical clinicians who have a common interest in understanding and improving the outcomes for disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

We are currently conducting research into the causes, impact and treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders. While some of the key focuses of the department include osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, investigations into osteonecrosis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are also carried out by our researchers.


Department of Orthopaedics

The Department of Orthopaedics, Royal North Shore Hospital is a tertiary referral centre for trauma for New South Wales and a centre that specialises in the treatment of spinal injuries. For many years, we have provided an outstanding level of clinical service to trauma patients that enter the doors of the hospital. We have a dedicated spinal service that offers world-class treatment of spinal injuries and well as sub-specialty experts in hand, shoulder and elbow injuries, pelvic injuries, knee, foot and ankle injuries.

In addition to trauma surgery, the Orthopaedic Department performs a high volume of elective surgery in all areas of orthopaedics and its members regularly present their research in all areas of orthopaedics in Australia and around the world. The current and future areas of research include 3D image analysis, modelling, surgical planning, retrieval analysis, animal studies and clinical trials.

The Orthopaedic Department works in close collaboration with Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory and the other research laboratories in The Kolling Institute.