A/PROF Michelle Dowsey

A/PROF Michelle Dowsey




  • Research Group Leader - Epidemiology, Clinical Trials and Health Services Research, University of Melbourne Department of Surgery, St. Vincent's Hospital (Melbourne).

    BHealSci (Nursing) (Vic U); PG Dip Adv Clin Prac (Orthopaedics) (Vic U); Dip Frontline Management (Swinburne U); PhD (Melb U); PGradCert Appl Epi & Biostats (Curtin U); Grad Cert Clin Res Methods (Monash U); MEpi (Melb U).

    A/Prof Michelle Dowsey is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow, Epidemiologist, Registered Nurse and Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Surgery at St. Vincent's where she leads the Epidemiology, Outcomes & Clinical Trials Orthopaedic Group.

    Michelle has worked in musculoskeletal  research since completing her PhD in December 2009, has published 100 scientific articles and 3 book chapters, and received over $14 million dollars in competitive grant funding. She is an emerging international leader in musculoskeletal and health services research with a specific focus on addressing surgical and patient related factors that impact on the efficiency, safety and durability of total joint replacement surgery for those with end-stage arthritis. She is currently a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, Associate Editor for Frontiers of Orthopaedic Surgery and member of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International Publications Committee.

    Michelle's research consists of three interweaving programs that aim to develop scalable cost effective solutions to mitigate the rising and unsustainable health care costs arising from the surgical management of advanced osteoarthritis.  Utilizing her unique skill set (clinician, epidemiologist, behavioural researcher, trialist) and position as a Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Total Join


Member of

  • Australian Orthopaedic Association. Affiliate Member 2016 -
  • Osteoarthritis Research Society International. Member 2012 -
  • Australia and New Zealand Orthpaedic Nurses Assocation. Member 2011 -
  • Orthopaedic Nurses Association Victoria. Member 2000 -
  • Australian Nurses Federation. Member 1993 -
  • Australian Vietnam Veterans Reconstruction Group. Member 2006 - 2007


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • MEpi, University of Melbourne 2018
  • Grad Cert Clin Res Methods, Monash University 2016
  • Grad Cert App Epi & Biostats, Curtin University of Technology 2013
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2009
  • Dip Frontline Management, Swinburne University of Technology 2001
  • Grad Dip Ortho (Nursing), Victoria University of Technology 2001
  • Grad Cert Ortho (Nursing), Victoria University of Technology 1997
  • B.HealthSci (Nursing), Victoria University of Technology 1995

Awards and honors

  • NHMRC, 2008


Available for supervision

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