The Barwon Centre for Orthopaedic Research & Education (B-CORE) is a research group based in the Education and Research Centre at St John of God Hospital and University Hospital Geelong in Victoria, Australia.  B-CORE is a Research Centre for Musculoskeletal Health.

Our unit is one of the most thorough and active research groups dedicated to Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Health research in Australia.

In the past decade we have expanded to include researchers across multiple disciplines, including nutrition and dietetics, epidemiology, political science and health economics. We have research teams working across the world to help advance the science of Musculoskeletal health.

Our Vision

To optimise improvements in population health, with a focus on Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Health, through innovative research that empowers people and enables healthier environments.

Our Objectives

  • Conduct innovative research on Musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Advocate for evidence-based population health and Musculoskeletal conditions policy.
  • Strengthen the skills of communities, professionals and academics in the science of Musculoskeletal health through the life-course.

Our Focus

  1. High impact musculoskeletal conditions that create substantial burden and cost to individuals and communities:
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Injury/trauma
    • Soft tissue conditions such as tendinopathy and ligament injuries
  2. Interactions between high impact musculoskeletal diseases and other high impact non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, HT, dyslipidaemia
  3. From benchtop to bedside, from micro to macro, from individuals to communities
  4. System-level cost-effective health service reform

Our Aims

  1. Understand the aetiology and pathophysiology of high impact musculoskeletal conditions
  2. Develop novel and scalable and translatable interventions to prevent and treat high impact musculoskeletal conditions
  3. Develop trans-disciplinary teams with diverse skillsets to enable benchtop to bedside research and innovation