The CAG prioritises research on preventative care and wellness. This includes implementing evidence-based models to prevent adverse surgical outcomes in at-risk patient populations, especially older people, those with disabilities or mental health issues, First Nations or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people.

By incorporating innovative technological solutions and big data analytics, the research aims to improve care markers such as:

  • Hospital length of stay
  • Hospital-acquired complications
  • Patient-reported outcomes following major surgery


  • Developing an electronic perioperative dashboard prototype to assist clinical decision-making and risk stratification
  • Identifying digital solutions to improve perioperative care of patients with diabetes
  • Minimising preoperative fasting: What are the barriers and enablers of Guidelines?


  • Journal clubs
  • Webinars/Seminars to promote translation of perioperative research
  • Mentoring
  • Conferences
  • Establishment of an early-midcareer clinician researcher subcommittee
  • Consumer information sessions
  • Consumer education videos

Leadership Team

  • A/Prof. Sarah Aitken


  • Prof. Thomas Hugh

  • Dr Kate McBride

  • Dr Sue Monaro

  • Prof. Vasi Naganathan

  • A/Prof. Nicole Philips

  • Prof. Henry Pleass

  • A/Prof. Angus Richie

  • Prof. Rob Sanders

  • Prof. Michael Solomon

  • Dr Janani Thillainadesan

  • Dr Daniel Vagg

Disciplines represented in the leadership team

Surgery, Nursing, Anaesthetics, Geriatric Medicine, Medical Information and Administration