Towards evidenced based surgical planning for paediatric tonsillectomy

  • Nixon, Gillian (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Horne, Rosemary (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Liew, Danny (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Davey, Margot (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures in childhood, with over 50,000 procedures nationwide per year. Tonsillectomy is performed for symptoms of obstructed breathing during sleep (obstructive sleep apnoea) or frequent tonsillitis. Both these conditions are very common. However tonsillectomy happens much more often in some geographical areas than others, raising questions about how clinical decision-making and aspects of the health service (such as waiting lists and referral patterns) affect how many children have the surgery. Our project will examine the underlying causes of variation in tonsillectomy rates, and develop better diagnostic tools for clinicians so that referral and treatment on that basis leads to optimised care planning at a service level.
The project team brings together leading researchers across Monash Partners with expertise in sleep medicine, diagnostic testing, and health services and clinical outcome research. The investigators are leaders in their field nationally and internationally, and will be able to facilitate rapid translation of the research findings across different health care settings and in government health service planning.
Short titlePlanning tonsillectomy
Effective start/end date8/01/188/01/21


  • Equity Trustees Limited: A$135,999.00