Mellick Chehade

Associate Professor Mellick Chehade

Associate Professor

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


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.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2008 - ongoing Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2002 - ongoing Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2011 Recognition Outstanding Service Award Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2010 Recognition Recognition for contribution to Evidence Based Practice in "Pacesetters" Joanna Briggs Institute Australia
    2006 Fellowship 2006 ABC Travelling Fellowship American and Canadian Orthopaedic Associations United States
    2001 Research Award “Australian Orthopaedic Registrar Association Prize" Australian Orthopaedic Registrars’ Association Australia
    2000 Research Award "Smith & Nephew Medical Award" Smith and Nephew Medical Australia Australia
    2000 Research Award Alan Frederick Dwyer Prize Australian Orthopaedic Registrars’ Association Australia
    1999 Research Award “Surgical Research Society of Australia Award” - Australian Orthopaedic Registrars’ Association Australia
    1998 Research Award “Surgical Research Society of Australia Award” - Australian Orthopaedic Registrars’ Association Australia
    1998 Research Award “R. J. Bauze Award” Australian Orthopaedic Association Australia
    1996 Research Award ANZORS Young Investigators Award “Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society: Australia
    1995 Research Award ISB Young Investigators Award International Society of Biomechanics Finland
    1995 Research Award “R. J. Bauze Award” Australian Orthopaedic Association Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Arabic Can speak and understand spoken
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Spanish - Latin American Can read and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2013 University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Certificate Online Learning (Higher Education)
    1992 - 1997 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1980 - 1986 University of Adelaide Australia MBBS
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2006 ABC Travelling Fellowship American Orthopaedic Association United States
    1998 - 2020 FRACS Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    1991 - 1994 Trauma Research Fellow Royal Adelaide Hospital Australia
  • Research Interests

 

 

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

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Co-Creation of a Person-Centred Integrated Digital Health Model of Care for Fragility Hip Fractures: A Mixed Methods Pragmatic Research Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr 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
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2022 - ongoing Board Member ALMA Education Foundation Australian Lebanese Medical Association Australia
  • 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
    2013 - 2015 Chair SA Health State Hip Fracture Clinical Network SA 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
    2009 - 2013 Member AOA Subspecialties Presidents Committee Australian Orthopaedic Association Australia
    2007 - 2010 Chair AOA Orthopaedic Advanced Training Coordinator, – SA Australian Orthopaedic Association Australia
    2004 - 2008 Chair AOA Undergraduate Teaching Committee Australian Orthopaedic Association Australia
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2006 - 2016 Osteoporosis Australia Medical and Scientific Advisory Board Scientific research Australia
    2005 - 2007 Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing AMQuIP (Arthritis and Musculoskeletal conditions Quality Improvement Program) Health services and related Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Chair International Education Taskforce Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health Germany
    2008 - 2012 President, OTC Foundation Osteosynthesis & Trauma Care, South Pacific Chapter Australia
    2005 - 2013 President, Australasian Orthopaedic Trauma Society Australian Orthopaedic Association Australia
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 0870741991
  • Email: mellick.chehade@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Building: RAH, floor 5G
  • Org Unit: Surgical Specialities

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