Our research focus areas

VicHip registry data is used to understand hip dysplasia better, measure the quality of care provided and how it relates to patient outcomes. Our research falls into three key focus areas:


Key focus areas


Icon: cause and risk factors



Icon: early diagnosis and treatment



Icon: shaping a future of healthier hips

Research questions and objectives


Cause and risks factors 

  • Are hidden causes or other factors contributing to early and late presentation of hip dysplasia?
  • What predictors or factors increase the incidence of silent hip dysplasia*?

* Silent hip dysplasia is hard to detect because there may be no obvious signs or symptoms. Treating early could reduce the risk of health problems later in life.



Early diagnosis and treatment 

  • Is it possible to identify the early signs and symptoms of hip dysplasia more accurately?
  • Are there better ways to screen, diagnose, treat and manage hip dysplasia?



Shaping a future of healthier hips

  • Establish long-term outcome benchmarks for comparing new methods and practices
  • Facilitate the use of VicHip research evidence to develop stronger health policies and programs.


As the children in the registry grow older, we will explore issues specific to each age group. However, at this point, our priority is to inform and standardise the clinical management of hip dysplasia and to assess the quality of imaging used for diagnosis and treatment. 

VicHip will also enable researchers to look at a wide range of information about hip dysplasia. Read more about our research strategy

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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.