Rachelle Buchbinder


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PhD projects

Wiser healthcare - reducing overdiagnosis and overtesting
Identifying more efficient health care service delivery models
Implementation of the Australian Clinical Care Standard for Knee Osteoarthritis
RCT of a deimplementation tool for knee arthroscopy

1988 …2024

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Personal profile


Rachelle Buchbinder is an Australian NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. She has been the Director of the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology since its inception in 2001 and a Professor in the Monash University Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine since 2007. She is a rheumatologist and clinical epidemiologist who combines clinical practice with research in a wide range of multidisciplinary projects relating to arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.

Other roles include Coordinating Editor of Cochrane Musculoskeletal; Chair, Australian Rheumatology Association Database (ARAD) Management Committee; founding member and Chair Executive Committee, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for the Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network. 

Most recently she chaired the steering group for The Lancet Low Back Pain Series, a series of three papers published in March 2018 that drew attention to the urgent need for action to reduce the current and projected disease burden from low back pain. In particular it outlined the epidemic of low value care for low back pain across the world and identified promising solutions.

Her current broad program of work, funded through various NHMRC schemes including a program grant, partnership centre, CRE and project grants include

- reducing inappropriate overdiagnosis and overtesting across musculoskeletal conditions

- reducing waste in the health care system and identifying more efficient alternative service delivery models 

- strengthening the recently established ANZMUSC clinical trial network 

- living reviews and living guidelines

- implementation of the Australian Clinical Care Standard for osteoarthritis of the knee

- Development of a decision aid for knee arthroscopy

- Investigating ways of improving imaging reports to reduce overtesting, overdiagnosis and overtreatment

- Development of a core set of outcome measures for trials of shoulder disorders

- Development of the Back Pain Burden Questionnaire and the Back Pain Misconceptions Questionnaire

- Identifying ways of suppoting people with suboptimal health literacy

- Long term outcome of inflammatory arthritis in Australia


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health, PhD, Short and long-term effects of a public health media campaign designed to reduce disability associated with back pain, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 1 Nov 2006

Clinical Epidemiology, MSc, The classification of soft tissue disorders of the neck and upper limb for epidemiological research, University of Toronto

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, MBBS (Hons), MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 5 Dec 1981

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