Mellick Chehade

Associate Professor Mellick Chehade

Associate Professor

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Mellick Chehade is an academic orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital specialising in trauma surgery and is a chief investigator in the NHMRC CRE in frailty research to achieve healthy ageing. He has strong interests in research, education and patient agency. His current main research interests focus is in strategically merging innovations in Digital Health, Artificial Intelligence and eLearning to improve patient-centred integrated-care for multimorbidity through the co-creation, with patients, carers and health providers, of a personal digital health hub platform built on higher education principles and technology.
In education he established the Australian Musculoskeletal Education Collaboration (AMSEC) and developed a comprehensive health competency framework which has been applied to the development of musculoskeletal as well as generic health education frameworks internationally, including the WHO workforce universal competencies for health care workers framework. He currently leads the International Education Task Force for the Global Alliance for MSK Health in the development of an online education hub in collaboration with the WHO for the Workforce 2030 strategy.
Clinically he has a major interest in osteoporosis, hip fractures and care of older patients with frailty. He served on the Scientific and Medical advisory board for Osteoporosis Australia and is a member of the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry steering group which has developed the National Hip Fracture guidelines and Health and Safety Commission Standards for Hip Fracture.
The virtual hip fracture follow-up service he established in Adelaide (2011) was an early innovation in telehealth which enabled a large prospective cohort observational study collecting patient report outcome measures. This service was the precursor to a virtual fracture liaison service supported within the new personal digital health hub platform by the newly defined role of a Telehealth Liaison Carer (TLC). This program is providing the research and development template for the development of other specialised TLCs supporting the delivery other virtual Models of Care to be implemented within the digital Hub platform.

 

 

2018

AMGEN (CIA)

Corporate Sponsorship Grant to develop and initiate a Virtual Fracture Liaison Service in Central Adelaide

 

2016-2019

$75,200

 

 

 

 

$551,076

NHMRC (A1)

 

CROSSFIRE: Combined Randomised and Observational Study of Surgery for Fractures In the distal Radius in the Elderly

 

 

 

2016-2020

NHMRC (CIG)

Centre of Research Excellence for “Trans-Disciplinary Frailty Research to Achieve Healthy Ageing”

 

$2,301,169

2015-2018

SHI Global (CIA) In-kind support)

Adaptation, implementation and evaluation of Healthlnx online Carepac system for multidisciplinary patient-centred post discharge Hip fracture management, outcomes data collection and education.

 

         $370,000

2015-2018

Stryker Australia (CIA)

Health economic outcomes for patients with fracture of the hip according to fracture type, treatment and patient pre-injury mobility

 

2011-2014 

$300,000

Stryker Australia (CIA)

Health outcomes for patients with fracture of the hip according to fracture type, treatment and patient pre-injury.

 

         $300,000

2010

 

Australian Orthopaedic Association Research Foundation

Combined Randomised and Observational Study of type B Ankle fracture Treatment (CROSSBAT) (co-investigator)

$35,337

 

 

 

2012-13

Department of Health and Ageing (CIA)

Phase 4 – finalisation

Development of National Musculoskeletal Core Competencies               

$144,265

2009-2010

 

Department of Health and Ageing (CIA)

 

Phase 4

Development of National Musculoskeletal Core Competencies

$453,000

 

 

2009

OTC Foundation (CIA)

Differentially loaded radiostereometric analysis to measure fracture rigidity of healing femoral fractures in-vivo                                              

 US $50,000

2009

 

Stryker Australia (CIA)

Health outcomes for patients with fractures of the hip according to fracture type, treatment and patient pre-injury mobility

 

$60,000

 

2008

 

Australian Orthopaedic Association

A review of treatment methods and radiographic and clinical outcomes of patients with tibial plateau fractures                                                        

$28,725

2006-2008

 

Department of Health and Ageing (CIA)

Phases 2 & 3:

Development of National Musculoskeletal Core Competencies

$617,000

 

 

2006

 

Royal Adelaide Hospital (CIA)

RRC Clinical radiostereometric analysis to evaluate fracture healing and the efficacy of trauma management protocols – an evidence based approach to clinical practice in orthopaedic trauma.

 

$20,000

                             

         

2005

$110,000

Department of Health and Ageing (CIA)

Phase 1 :

Development of National Musculoskeletal Core Competencies

 

          

 

 

2005

 

Smith and Nephew –Management of Open Wounds                       

$20,000

2004

 

Australian Orthopaedic Association Research Foundation (CIA)

 

Bone Markers in patients with primary osteoarthritis of the hip                   

          $20,020

2003

 

RAH/IMVS Research Grant (CIA)

Bone Markers in patients with primary osteoarthritis of the hip -                

$20,000

2003

Adelaide University Establishment Funding                

 

$10,000

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Community Orthogeriatric Care Using a Web-Based Platform to Improve Outcomes Among Older Hip Fracture Patients Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Lalit Dinesh Yadav
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Development of a digital platform to facilitate innovative model of healthcare delivery in orthogeriatric. University of Adelaide Computer Science Master Full Time Rohan Jetha
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor DIRECT ORAL ANTICOAGULANTS AND NECK OF FEMUR FRACTURE OUTCOMES University of Sydney Degree of Master of Surgery (Orthopaedic) Master Part Time Daniel George
    2016 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Evaluation of the utility of teaching joint relocations using cadaveric specimens University of Adelaide Honours Full Time John Au
    2007 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Clinical radiostereometric analysis to evaluate lower limb fracture healing and the efficacy of trauma manage-ment protocols - An evidence based approach to clinical practice in orthopaedic trauma. University of Adelaide B Med Sci Honours Full Time Samuel Benveniste
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Representative Professional Affairs for ANZ Bone and Mineral Society Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2014 - 2016 Advisory Board Member Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care: Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard Topic Working Group Australian Government Department of Health Australia
    2011 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry Steering Group N/A Australia
    2011 - 2015 Board Member Australian New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry Guidelines Adaptation Committee (ANZHFR GAC) N/A Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Chair International Education Taskforce Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health Germany
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 0870741991
  • Email: mellick.chehade@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Building: RAH, floor 5G
  • Room: 5 84
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Medical School

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