The research philosophy of the Flinders gastroenterology and hepatology unit is unambiguous – apply world-leading research to advance medical knowledge and healthcare.

It’s a problem-solving approach that translates scientific discovery into new and better ways of controlling and treating disease.

Groundbreaking projects range from a central role in the global trial of a new treatment for acute diarrhoeal illness in young children to a national colorectal screening program for bowel cancer.

The multidisciplinary approach ensures researchers are never constrained by the limitations of their own skills. They work alongside experts in numerous other fields to apply science with real clinical outcomes.

There are medical and scientific PhD opportunities across all programs with the potential for clinical trials and translational research.


"In gastroenterology we have created a research environment that aims to deliver meaningful and worthwhile change in the healthcare system. Our problem-solving approach means our scientists provide better tools for service providers who in turn provide proof of the science. It’s an environment in which clinicians and academia feed off each other to improve the way the health system works."


Professor Graeme Young
Professor of Gastroenterology
Flinders School of Medicine