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Evidence-Based Practice Professorial Unit

About us

The Evidence-Based Practice Professorial Unit (EBBPU) is a joint initiative between Bond University and the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services. The integration of best evidence into routine clinical care is essential to improving patient outcomes and ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of health services. Our aim is to educate, facilitate and inspire healthcare workers to become active users, participators and leaders in research and evidence-based practice.


Professor Paul Glasziou AO

Professor Paul Glasziou AO is the Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare

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Associate Professor Mark Jones

Mark is a biostatistician with experience in teaching biostatistics and conducting clinical trials and systematic reviews.

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Assistant Professor Sharon Sanders

Sharon has expertise in evidence synthesis and systematic reviews of all study types. 

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Iris Gerke

Iris is the Research Administrative Officer for the EBBPU.

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Justin Clark

Justin is the Research Enhancement Manager at the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare

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Services we provide

Training and education

1. Evidence-based practice (EBP) workshops customised to your clinical area.

2. Interactive plenary and skills sessions in evidence-based practice.

3. Stimulating and engaging workshops:

  • study design and protocol writing;
  • writing for publication;
  • evidence-based practice; and
  • understanding and conducting systematic reviews.

Please contact Iris Gerke: [email protected] for more information or to make an enquiry.

Consulting services

1. Statistics (Mark Jones) - Please contact [email protected]

2. Systematic Review Search Clinic (currently under development). Please register your interest here:

Building research capacity following EBP training

1. Research mentoring and partnership.

2. Enhancing research activity and productivity.

3. Assisting the implementation of high-quality research into practice.

4. Building a sustainable culture of evidence-based practice.

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Upcoming Workshops

Our areas of research relate to

  • Minimising low value care, by:

    • Reducing overdiagnosis and overtreatment.
    • Identifying and minimising use of low value services.
    • Encouraging evidence-based clinical decision making.
  • Facilitating clinical decision making, by:

    • Evaluating clinical decision aids.
    • Encouraging shared decision-making.
    • Implementing decision tools into regular workflow and clinical services
  • Minimising antibiotic resistance, by:

    • Generating knowledge on the benefits and harms of antibiotics.
    • Facilitating the adaption of effective interventions for antibiotic prescribing. 

Minimising low value care, by:

  • Reducing overdiagnosis and overtreatment.
  • Identifying and minimising use of low value services.
  • Encouraging evidence-based clinical decision making.

Research and other consultations

The EBP Professorial Unit offers individual consultations to assist hospital-based researchers with designing research studies, seed funding and grant applications.

Consultations are available for those who have research experience or those who have completed the EBP workshops.

Consultations booking: [email protected]

Journal clubs

The EBPPU runs Covid-19 related journal clubs on a monthly basis. Anyone interested in attending any of the Journal Clubs need to join the EBPPU channel and will then receive information about upcoming journal clubs as well as calendar invites to each journal club. Past notes and annotated PDFs of previously reviewed articles can also be accessed via this link in Sharepoint. Members also have the opportunity to propose articles.

Collaboration with Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services

The unit continue to successfully work with existing collaborators at the Gold Coast Health Service and extend the network of collaborations by working on various projects, including the success in the GCH Grant Scheme:

  1. P. Stehlik, R. Bourke, D. Henry, C. Brandenburg, C. Noble, C. Whithers, A. Barnett, S. Mickan, P. Glasziou, A. Bannach-Brown, D. Ellwood, D. Pearson, E. Veysey, G. Keijzers, G. Wright, H. Joshi, I. Scott, K. Forrest, M. Morgan and R. Liang. Enhancing Clinician Research: A Mixed Methods Study Examining Australian and New Zealand Specialist Trainees’ Experiences and Research Outputs. 2020 Collaborative Research Grant Scheme $99,052.
  2. G. Keijzers, A. Brand, Z. Michaleff, P. Glasziou, L. Hattingh, P. StehlikD. Henry, S. Mickan, R. Thomas, H. Larsen and J. Carlini. Easier Study - Evaluating the Use of Clinical Decision Aids in the Emergency Department: Phase 1 of a Knowledge Translation Project. 2020 Collaborative Research Grant Scheme $29,240.
  3. R. Wenke, S. Mickan, J. Wiseman, P. Stehlik, C. Brandenburg, D. Chen, K. Richards, G. Tuxworth, I. Hughes, J. Yeung and J. Gerrard. Spread of a Structured Journal Club Format into Clinical Services Using We-Treat (“Web-Based Expert System” for “Tailoring Research Evidence and Theory”): A Knowledge Translation Approach. 2020 Collaborative Research Grant Scheme $68,596.
  4. C. Brandenburg, S. Mickan, P. Stehlik, C. Noble, R. Lian, G. Keijzers, G. Shane, I. Hughes, K. Dungey, R.J. Wenke, J. Wellwood. INGRAINED: Increasing GCH Research Activity In New and Experienced Doctors: A Knowledge Translation study. 2019. Collaborative Research Grant Scheme $80,000.