Professor Richard Page

Professor Richard Page


Professor Richard Page is an orthopaedic shoulder and upper limb surgeon and founding Director of the Barwon Centre of Orthopaedic Research and Education (B-CORE).

He was appointed as the Foundation St John of God and Barwon Health Chair of Orthopaedics at Deakin University in 2014. He has over 20 years of active research and surgical education experience, teaching medical students, registrars, surgical fellows and supervises higher degree students. He regularly presents invited lectures nationally and internationally. He has over 170 publications, is Specialty Editor for the ANZ Journal of Surgery, Associate Editor for the Journal of Wrist Surgery and reviews for multiple journals.

Research interests include outcomes of shoulder and wrist surgery, upper limb osteoarthritis and joint replacement surgery, biomechanics and a range of trauma outcome topics. He manages two lab-based research programmes, the first investigating biofilms and biomarkers in prosthetic joint infections in orthopaedics, the second focussed on the genetics and potential treatment biomarkers in painful musculoskeletal conditions around the shoulder.

Prof Page is involved in hospital and surgical leadership at a national and international level. He is past Director of Orthopaedics at Barwon Health and current Medical Director for the Barwon Health Bone Bank. He is upper limb lead on the steering committee for the Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry (VOTOR), the Expert Reference Group for Health Purchasing Victoria under the Dept of Health, on the Advisory Committee of Medical Devices for the TGA and is upper limb Clinical Advisor to the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) National Joint Replacement Registry. He is a Trustee to the Victorian Orthopaedic Research Trust (VORT), Scientific Secretary and Board member elect to the AOA and Co-Chair of the International Shoulder Arthroplasty Consortium (ISAC). He holds current grants and awards from Deakin University, the AOA Research Foundation, the Victorian Orthopaedic Research Trust, St John of God Hospital Research and AFL Research. He is a key collaborator on a range of related nationals and international clinical trials.

Research Team

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    Dr. Stephen Gill

    Research Fellow

    Dr Stephen Gill is a Research Fellow with the Barwon Centre for Orthopaedic Research and Education (B-CORE) and a senior clinician physiotherapist with Barwon Health.

    Stephen obtained his PhD from La Trobe University in 2009 by investigating exercise-based interventions for people awaiting joint replacement surgery. Following his PhD, Stephen’s postdoctoral research program has predominantly involved clinical and health services research.

    Stephen commenced with B-CORE in 2017, and together with Professor Richard Page develops and implements B-CORE’s research program which involves ‘bench top to bedside’ investigation of a broad range of musculoskeletal health conditions and treatments.

    Stephen continues to work as a senior clinician physiotherapist in Barwon Health’s Emergency Department and Orthopaedic Outpatient Service.

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    Dr. Aaron Fox

    Research Fellow

    Dr Aaron Fox is a postdoctoral research fellow within the Centre for Sport Research at Deakin University.

    His research involves examining the biomechanics and control of human movement, and how these can be optimised to minimise injury risk and maximise performance. Aaron completed his PhD at Deakin University in 2016, focusing on anterior cruciate ligament injury risk and prevention in female athletes.

    Following this he was a postdoctoral research fellow within the Centre for Sensorimotor Performance at the University of Queensland – with this research spanning the mechanics and physiology of exercise induced muscle damage, and neuromuscular control of pathological gait (i.e. cerebral palsy). Aaron currently holds a Dean’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship within the Faculty of Health at Deakin University.

    His current research has a focus on shoulder instability in contact sport athletes – examining how different surgical stabilisation procedures impact movement, muscle function and shoulder joint loading; and the implications of this for rehabilitation, recurrent injury risk, surgical planning and joint degradation across the lifespan.

Research Students

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    Dr Nicholas Paltoglou

    Nicholas Paltoglou Currently employed as an Unaccredited Surgical Registrar at Barwon Health working in orthopaedic and plastic surgery Tertiary Education:

    - Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (Deakin University – 2016)
    - Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Monash University – 2012)
    - Graduate Diploma of Surgical Research (Melbourne University – 2018)
    - Masters of Surgical Research (Deakin University – Current)
    - Masters of Surgical Research Topic: Comparison of Shoulder arthroplasty between public and private healthcare systems in a regional setting

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    Dr Hugh Gillies

    Dr Hugh Gillies is a Masters of Surgical Research student and an Unaccredited Orthopaedic Registrar.

    Hugh has worked with the Orthopaedic Department at Barwon Health since 2016 developing his clinical acumen. In 2019 he shifted focus from the clinical setting to a research role and commenced his Masters of Surgical Research with Deakin University and supervised by Dr Stephen Gill and Professor Richard Page.

    His research titled, Remote Follow-Up Post Arthroplasty Surgery; a New Model of Care, evaluates a health services redesign project conducted at Barwon Health. The project aims to significantly decrease the resource and economic burden on orthopaedic outpatient services utilising a screening tool to accurately track patients clinical progress and risk of complication remotely.

    Hugh continues to work in the clinical setting assisting the Barwon Health Orthopaedic Department intermittently and also private assists at St John of God Hospital and Epworth Hospital in Geelong.

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    Darcie Cooper

    Darcie undertook her undergraduate and Honours studies at Deakin.

    She started her PhD in 2015 in the field of prosthetic joint infections and biofilms. Her supervisors are Professor Eugene Athan, Professor Richard Page, Professor Soren Alexandersen and Dr. Zoltan Nack. She is based at the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID), in collaboration with Barwon Health Infectious Diseases department.

    Key research activities:

    - Biofilm formation and growth
    - General microbiology
    - Antimicrobial susceptibility testing
    - Epidemiology
    - RNA/DNA extraction
    - PCR
    - Sanger sequencing

Support Staff

  • Ali Jordan
  • Penelope Thomas
  • Sally Beattie, RN – Research Coordinator
  • Amanda Copeland – Data Coordinator

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