Postgraduate

The Department of Surgery has a strong research focus and a productive publication output, and constantly strives to improve patient outcomes. The University Department of Surgery promotes and encourages students to undertake PhD, Masters of Surgery and Honours programs which are supervised by department academics. 

 

For all enquires please use the 'Contact Us' tab located at the top right of this page and quote the Project #number in the subject box.

Resources for researchers is a closed group.  Members of the Department of Surgery have access to online resources that will help them to kick start their research projects.  Online resources include: projects design, data collection, how to write a scientific paper, power size calculation and reviewing the literature etc.

The Geoffrey Royal Prize was first awarded to a student in 1992.  The Geoffrey Royal Prize is donated by the Medical Staff Group of University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health, and is awarded annually to a student from the University Hospital Geelong, Deakin Clinical School who obtains the highest marks in surgery in the final examination.

Deakin University Honours Projects

Supervisor(s)
Prof David Watters, AProf Douglas Stupart, Dr Eileen Moore

Project description
The purpose of this study is to determine whether patients’ diet affects the short and long term outcomes of patients who are treated for breast cancers. Around 300 patients with these cancers have had dietary assessments and measurement of bone density. This project will involve assessing their long-term oncologic and other clinical outcomes since patients were recruited over 5 years ago.

Supervisor(s)

Prof David Watters, Dr Eileen Moore

 

Project description

The purpose of this study is to determine whether vitamin B12 levels and vitamin D levels affect the short and long term outcomes of patients who are treated for colorectal cancers. Around 150 patients with these cancers have had dietary assessments and measurement of bone density. This project will involve assessing their long-term oncologic and other clinical outcomes.

Supervisor(s)

Prof Glenn Guest, AProf Douglas Stupart, Mr Sonal Nagra

 

Project description

Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS), Laparoscopic Surgery, Microsurgery Surgery and Endoscopic Surgery are minimally invasive surgical techniques that are at the cutting edge of surgery in Australia. The introduction of these techniques to regional centers has not been studied to date, but has formed an ongoing interest. A prospective database and electronic information systems will be used to assess the safety and efficacy of these techniques at University Hospital Geelong.

Supervisor(s)

Prof David Watters, Dr Eileen Moore

 

Project description

Complementary or alternative medicines are commonly used in the community. A number of alternative medicines are known to interact with commonly prescribed drugs, and a number are known to affect blood clotting (as well as other physiological effects). It is not known how many patients take these medications pre-operatively, nor what the impact of these may be on surgical patients. The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence of alternative medicine use in surgical inpatients. The outcome of surgery in terms of complications can be studied.

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