The Orthopaedic Research Institute of Queensland or ORIQL is a non-profit organisation and registered charity with the Australian Taxation Office. ORIQL’s mission is to conduct rigorous scientific and clinical research in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery, to improve the clinical outcomes for people with musculoskeletal conditions.
The ORIQL was formed in 2011 by the three Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr Peter McEwen, Dr Kaushik Hazratwala and Dr Matthew Wilkinson. Based in stunning North Queensland, the ORIQL headquarters is located close to the Mater Private Hospital, Townsville Day Surgery and is a short drive from the Townsville General Hospital.
Initially the ORIQL consisted of a pre-vocation MBBS qualified research doctor, however the ORIQL has steadily expanded and now employs a full time research medical officer, a full time reconstructive and arthroplasty fellow, a research coordinator and a research assistant.
In 2015 the ORIQL research potential has increased by collaborating with orthopaedic surgeons throughout Queensland through providing the administrative base for a multi-centre clinical trial.
The ORIQL is currently conducting a number of research projects in partnership with James Cook University.
The ORIQL has industry associations with Stryker, Lima, Corin, De Puy and Arthrex (Device Technologies) and works closely with their representatives to provide the assessment and review of various orthopaedic implants and devices.
The ORIQL provides an avenue for pre-vocational doctors to complete meaningful clinical research, which can strengthen their application for surgical training with the Australian Orthopaedic Association.