Babies and young children with hip dysplasia have the best chance to grow healthy and enjoy an active life if it is detected and treated early. We want children — and the adults they become — to enjoy all types of physical activity like play, exercise and sports. That’s why we created VicHip.


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Welcome to our community!

We are a passionate group of families, researchers and hip health experts dedicated to improving the care and treatment of hip dysplasia. Our mission is to help children get the best possible outcomes in their health journey with hip dysplasia. 

Hip dysplasia, also known as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), affects one in every hundred babies. It can lead to disability, pain or the need for hip replacement. It's important to catch and treat early, but it can be hard to detect. It's a global health problem, and we're working to fix it.

Do you have a child with hip dysplasia? We invite you to join VicHip and share valuable health information and insights with us. Our goal is to learn more about hip dysplasia, its causes, and find better ways to diagnose and manage the condition.

With your help, we can unlock the knowledge needed to create a future of healthier hips.


Why join VicHip?

Your participation can make a real impact:

  • be part of a supportive community
  • improve care for everyone 
  • shape focused research 
  • bridge knowledge gaps.

Read more about why join VicHip? or Click here to watch a parent video ► 

Want to join our study? It's easy to take part!

The Victorian hip dysplasia registry, or VicHip, is a clinical registry of patients diagnosed with hip dysplasia in Victoria.

If your child has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia in Victoria, and your doctor or clinician works at a participating hospital or practice, we invite you to consider joining our registry and sharing information about your child's health and care with us.

A VicHip team member may contact you in person or by phone after your child’s clinic appointment or hospital visit. We will explain VicHip, what is involved in taking part, and answer any questions you have.

If you decide to join VicHip, our research will follow your child’s medical journey with hip dysplasia until they are at least 16 years old. For surgical patients, we'd like to see how their health progresses into adulthood. Your doctor or clinician will collect this information as part of your child’s routine care. It is then submitted to the registry as non-identifiable data for analysis.

Please read our frequently asked questions about joining VicHip.

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 If you have any questions or feedback, or would like to speak to someone about joining VicHip, please contact us



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VicHip is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care under the Medical Research Future Fund grant 2015989.

Murdoch Children's Research Institute acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of lands on which we work and pay our respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.