Field: Surgery and subspecialties

Location: QEII Hospital Cooper Plains

Type of student:

  • Both HDR and Extra-curricular
  • Honours students 
  • 4 Unit Masters of Public Health (MPH) Student
  • PGY1: Post-graduate year 1 
  • PGY2: Post-graduate year 2 

Type of work:

  • Chart reviews
  • Literature review 
  • Qualitative methods 
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Statistical analysis 
  • Systematic review

Brief synopsis: 

The QEII Hospital Functional Colorectal Unit is a dedicated multidisciplinary service aiming to address patients with defecatory dysfunction, including faecal incontinence and constipation, along with other often coexisting pelvic floor disorders. Our service has been running since 2014 and consists of colorectal surgeons, pelvic floor physiotherapists, nurse specialists and dietitians. Colorectal pelvic floor dysfunction is a very common problem, although poorly understood and costly to society in terms of socioeconomic impact. Our service has a very high satisfaction rate with patients and has been collecting comprehensive symptom severity and quality of life data prospectively since our inception. 

We have a number of attainable studies available for medical students who are motivated, adaptable and keen to work in qualitative research on a progressive and highly relevant field. We have a history of success in research, with one of our previous junior doctors obtaining first prize in the TRI symposium from one of our research projects.  

We are keen to foster research in this area and look forward to working with medical students to achieve this. 

Prerequisite skills: Short-term projects - enthusiasm only thougn previous research skills preferred. Longer projects (including systematic reviews etc) would require skills in lit rv, methods, analysis etc.


Dr Chris Gillespie

Colorectal Surgeon
Brisbane Colorectal