Professor Rachelle Buchbinder awarded NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow

Date: 15/09/2014

Cabrini’s Professor Rachelle Buchbinder has been offered the choice of a Senior Principal Research Fellowship or another Practitioner Fellowship with the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia’s leading expert body promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards. It is likely she will accept the Senior Principal Research Fellowship and the Practitioner Fellowship in an honorary capacity. 

“I am really humbled to have been considered worthy of the fellowships, as they are extremely competitive and are judged on the basis of five-year plan, research achievements and leadership so it is reassuring to see that my work is valued,” said Professor Buchbinder.

Professor Buchbinder is a prize-winning researcher, practising rheumatologist, clinical epidemiologist and head of the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Cabrini Hospital, affiliated with the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. This academic department established in 2001 focuses on performing high quality clinical research with an emphasis on answering clinically important questions that can be translated into better quality patient care and outcomes.

Professor Buchbinder combines clinical practice with research in a wide range of multidisciplinary projects relating to arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. She is the Joint Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group and chairs the Australian Rheumatology Association Database (ARAD) Management Committee. Professor Buchbinder says she is thrilled to be awarded the Senior Principal Research Fellowship.

“The Fellowship will provide me with salary and funds to be able to realise my vision for the next five years which will be to further establish the Australian Musculoskeletal Trials Clinical Trials Group and lead a national multidisciplinary priority-setting and research program to identify and address critical unanswered questions that patients, clinicians, policy makers and researchers have in relation to common musculoskeletal conditions.” 

Professor Buchbinder says that as a result of her Fellowship, Australian musculoskeletal researchers will be accustomed to priority setting and their research will be better aligned with the big issues.

“This will mean that limited research dollars will be better allocated and impact more effectively on the health of Australians,” said Professor Buchbinder. “Hopefully there will also be a reduced lag between identified needs/priorities and delivery of best evidence-based care for Australian and international communities with musculoskeletal conditions.”

Associate Professor Lee Boyd, Executive Director of Nursing and the Cabrini Institute says this is an outstanding achievement that exemplifies the quality of research outcomes generated by her through the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Cabrini Hospital.

“I am thrilled with Professor Buchbinder’s success in being awarded a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship,” said Associate Professor Lee Boyd.

“These fellowships are extremely competitive and are only awarded to researchers who are recognised as leading authorities in their research area who have made substantial and highly original contributions to the area.

“This is a wonderful achievement that highlights the excellent research being conducted through the Cabrini Institute.”

For two consecutive years (2012 and 2013), Professor Buchbinder won Best Oral Presentation at Cabrini Research Day, the organisation’s annual celebration of research:

  • In 2013, she received the award for her presentation ‘Australian general practitioner management of shoulder pain in comparison with rheumatologist expectation of care and best evidence’.
  • In 2012, she received the award for her presentation ‘The Global Burden of Low Back Pain: methods and estimates for the GBD 2010 study’.