Training the next generation of clinicians and scientists


UWA Medical School’s Surgery division focuses on implementing and discovering ways to improve daily patient care through clinical care and leadership in the health system. Our students train using the facilities at our Clinical Training and Evaluation Centre, where we provide an authentic simulated hospital and operating theatre environment, giving our students experience within a multi-station operating theatre laboratory with advanced medical infrastructure, surgical instrumentation and simulators.

Our diverse range of research areas includes:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms – embracing epidemiological, clinical, genetic and laboratory approaches.

Burn Injury – developing innovative clinical solutions to the problem of burn scars with their associated functional, psychological and cosmetic problems.

Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit – promoting collaborative links between health services, health professionals, researchers and policy makers at all levels.

Cancer Research – pursuing rigorous translational research into breast cancer, melanomas, surgical oncology, colorectal cancer, sarcoma, bladder and prostate cancer, urology and radiation oncology.

Cartilage Regeneration – optimising patient and graft outcomes through inter-related activities.

Centre for Orthopaedic Research – discovering novel genes, pathways and regulatory schemes.

Ear Sciences Centre – focusing on translating the findings of research into clinical practice, tissue engineering, embracing technology to improve clinical service delivery in audiology, and epidemiology.

Liver and Kidney Transplant – seeking to understand the role of innate versus adaptive immunity in organ transplantation, particularly in chronic allograft rejection.

Orthopaedic Surgery – evaluating various surgical techniques and prostheses in terms of outcomes and improved quality of life for patients.

Otolaryngology Unit – focusing on implant and hearing restoration research.

Research Methodology – undertaking critical evaluation of the surgical literature.

Surgical Education – developing curriculum and assessment programs in the area of surgical education.

Vascular Surgery – researching a wide range of cardiovascular areas.

Wound Healing – investigating the prevention and treatment of chronic venous leg ulcers.

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General Practice

Educating and training our future GPs.

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Improving the health and wellbeing of children.

Emergency Medicine

Researching methods to improve emergency departments.

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UWA's leading cancer researchers awarded $18 million

Featured project

Patients First: The Continuous Improvement in Cancer Care Outcomes (CIC Cancer) project

The "CIC Cancer" project will implement an innovative program of research that places cancer patients first. A co-design strategy involving consumers, clinicians, health services and researchers that will measure outcomes important to patients using the International Consortium for Health Outcome Measures (ICHOM) standard sets, identify key deficits in care pathways, generate and trial new interventions and implement findings rapidly. This project will directly improve the lives of those diagnosed with cancer.




We work with a number of centres around the State and throughout Australia to ensure our research is of the highest standard. We also receive funding from organisations supporting our research. These collaborations and supporters include:

  • Clinical Training and Evaluation Centre
  • Ear Science Institute Australia
  • The Perth Bone and Tissue Bank
  • Cancer Research Trust
  • St John of God Healthcare
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Australia
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Fiona Wood Foundation
  • Western Australian Cancer and Palliative Care Network
  • Curtin University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Notre Dame University
  • Cancer Council WA
  • Cancer Institute, NSW
  • Centre for Health Research and Psycho-oncology
  • WA Clinical Oncology Group
  • Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR)
  • The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA)
  • The Deeble Institute
  • Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong (AHSRI)
  • Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Imperial College London
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Department of Health WA

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Contact Professor Jeffrey Hamdorf