Showcase to weigh in on obesity and arthroplasty

Fairfield Hospital senior physiotherapist Natalie Pavlovic will talk about the hospitals pilot study into obesity and arthroplasty.
Fairfield Hospital senior physiotherapist Natalie Pavlovic will talk about the hospitals pilot study into obesity and arthroplasty.

Fairfield Hospital's senior physiotherapist Natalie Pavlovic will talk about the hospital's pilot study into whether diet-based weight loss before surgery reduces complications after arthroplasty at the second online Health Beyond Research and Innovation Showcase on Wednesday, June 16.

Ms Pavlovic, who is completing a PhD at the University of NSW, said the two-year pilot study was also exploring barriers to weight loss and reviewing a variety of different diets, including the Mediterranean diet.

"The Mediterranean diet is anti-inflammatory and we are seeing that this diet also helps reduce the inflammation and joint pain associated with osteoarthritis,'' said Ms Pavlovic, who will be joined by orthopaedic surgeon Associate Professor Sam Adie who will give a surgeon's perspective on obesity and musculoskeletal disease

South Western Sydney Local Health District is partnering with the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research to host the monthly showcase which is being staged as a series of online Zoom seminars.

The first showcase seminar celebrated nursing research. In July, the focus will be pancreatic cancer research, falls and frailty in October and diabetes in November.

  • To watch the monthly presentations visit healthbeyondshowcase.org.au. Anyone who misses a live seminar can view it at a later date via the website.