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In 2019 we explored the challenges in osteoarthritis management.

 

In 2021, we are coming together once again to discuss the latest strategies, innovative practices and pathways to better health outcomes for people living with osteoarthritis.

 

Registration is open to researchers, graduate students and the general public.

 

Who are we and what are we about?

OPUS is a musculoskeletal clinical research centre dedicated to improving the treatment of patients with severe osteoarthritis (OA).

It is predicted that in the next 15 years, almost 2 million Australians will undergo total joint replacement surgery, the gold standard of OA treatment. This will come at a cost of almost $70 billion. Yet evidence has shown that one third of patients may not meet the criteria for surgery and one fifth will be dissatisfied with the result. This indicates that people who are not going to benefit from surgery, are receiving it and unnecessarily exposing themselves to risk while extending the waiting time for those who would benefit from surgery.

This a health issue that we are addressing by re-designing the journey a person with OA would experience. We want to capitalise on the momentum we have generated by holding an OPUS Forum. This is an opportunity to open a dialogue about patient experiences, alternative therapies, cost efficiency, new technology and methods to inform a new model of OA care to better serve patients. 

 

For all queries

Conference Manager

opus@opus-tjr.org.au