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Facts & figures

  • Over 315 papers published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • More than $16.5 million in research grants
  • Mentored 8 PhD students to completion with eight currently researching with us.

Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe)

Improving surgical and patient outcomes through collaboration
SOuRCe is a multidisciplinary research unit of the University of Sydney and the Sydney Local Health District, dedicated to advancing evidence-based surgical practice through high-quality, outcomes-oriented surgical research.

About us

Since our establishment in 2002, SOuRCe has aimed to promote an evidence-based approach to improving clinical practice and achieving optimal outcomes for patients. As a multidisciplinary academic research unit of the University of Sydney and the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD), our research agenda addresses diverse aspects of surgical outcomes research, including surgical effectiveness, patient-reported outcomes and quality of life, patterns of care and evidence-based practice, health economic evaluation, assessment of patient preferences, surgical decision-making and methodological studies. 

SOuRCe has since come under the governance structure of the RPA Institute of Academic Surgery (IAS), greatly enhancing the breadth and depth of the collaborations between the University and SLHD.

Our research

Our research addresses the full spectrum of evidence-based surgical practice, including:

  • surgical clinical trials 
  • cost effectiveness studies of new surgical interventions 
  • systematic reviews of the literature and meta-analysis 
  • studies of the actual uptake of research evidence and clinical practice guidelines into surgical practice 
  • measurement of patient preferences for alternate treatment options 
  • long-term studies of patient outcomes following surgical procedures.

Flagship programs

In recent years, we have developed a number of flagship research programs, comprising a large number of interlinked projects with contribution from a broad range of investigators and collaborators.

  • Pelvic Extenteration Research Program
  • Peritonectomy Research Program
  • Cancer Care Coordination Research Program

Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe)

  • Royal Price Alfred Hospital Level 9, Building 89 Missenden Road Camperdown NSW 2050