Surgical Research


The Department of Paediatric Surgery, John Hunter Children's Hospital has a major commitment to Paediatric Surgery Research.

Our Department is host to various research activities especially in Neonatal Surgery. Our extensive research initiatives are mainly clinically based providing research training opportunities to a large number of medical students and surgical registrars. Our research has improved the understanding of children with varying health problems and has greatly improved the long term outcomes of children. 

One of our main areas of interest is doing minimal invasive surgery in children which is also known as "key hole surgery", we are proud to be pioneers in this field in Australasia.

The Department of Paediatric Surgery consistently presents their findings at a number of international meetings each year. 

Paediatric Surgical Research

The DABBED study (Drugs And Bladder in Behavioural Disorders) 

We are conducting a prospective observational study looking at how bladder function may be affected by medications used in the management of behavioural disorders such as ADHD, Autism and anxiety. Additionally, we are investigating the use of a special biomarker called serum anti-cholinergic activity (SAA) as a predictor of poor bladder outcomes in children.

Alpha antagonists for managing functional daytime urinary incontinence in children

Daytime urinary incontinence is common in children. A growing understanding of the pathophysiology of various subtypes of incontinence has shown that not all treatments will work effectively for the different subtypes. Alpha antagonists have shown particular usefulness in the treatment of bladder neck dysfunction, increased post-void residuals with LUTS symptoms and idiopathic retention. We are seeking to systematically review this evidence and lobby for policy changes to allow for its more widespread used in the paediatric population.