Dr Rob Labrom

Professional Registration & Associations

  • Registered Medical Practitioner – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Queensland (Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon)
  • Fellow  – The Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Fellow – The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Fellow – Scoliosis Research Society (Active Fellow)
  • Fellow – Spine Society of Australia
  • Member – The Australian Medical Association ­
  • Member of Biomechanics and Spine Research Group “BSRG” (QUT)


Orthopaedic Surgeon – Adult and Paediatric Spinal Surgery

MB BS (UQ), MSc (Surg), FRACS (Orth) FAOrthA

  • 2002: Master of Science (Spine Biomechanics), Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • 2000: Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • 1992: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Queensland

Professional Experience

Current Roles – Medical Training and Teaching


  • 2009-present: Associate Professor, University of Queensland, Faculty of Medicine, Wesley Clinical School, Queensland Children’s Hospital
  • 2009-present: Adjunct Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology, School of Chemistry, Physics  and Mechanical Engineering.  –  Masters of Applied Science (Biomechanics) student supervision, Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) Surgeon member of QUT Biomechanics and Spine Research Group.
  • 2014-present:  Visiting Medical Officer, Queensland Children’s Hospital. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery/Spinal Surgery in Children.  –  Active teaching of Advanced Surgical Training Registrars, Spinal Fellows and Junior Doctors
  • 2003-present: QCOS Spine – a division of Queensland Combined Orthopaedic Clinic (QCOS), The Wesley Hospital – Private Practice (Adult & Paediatric Spine).
  • 2003-present: Biomechanics and Spine Research Group – BSRG  (Queensland Children’s Hospital & QUT) – Research Fellow/Surgeon member, supervise clinical Research Masters graduate students, Collaborate with BSRG staff & students with clinical research projects.


Previous Roles


  • 2003-2014: Visiting Medical Officer, Mater Children’s Hospital. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery/Spinal Surgery in Children.  –  Active teaching of Spinal Fellows.
  • 2003-2014: Visiting Medical Officer, Royal Children’s Hospital. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery/Spinal Surgery in Children.
  • 2003-11: Visiting Medical Officer, Townsville General Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery/Spinal Surgery in Children (Remote Area Clinic).
  • 2005-8: Visiting Medical Officer, Princess Alexandra Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery/Spinal Trauma Surgery –  Active teaching of Spinal Fellows.
  • 2001-2: Clinical and Research Fellow.  –  Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Division of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. Vancouver General Hospital, Division of Spine Surgery & Division of Orthopaedic Engineering Research.
  • 2000: Senior Registrar, Advanced Orthopaedic Trainee (Qld), Royal Brisbane Hospital and  Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane.
  • 1999 – 1997: Advanced Orthopaedic Surgery Trainee (Qld), Royal Children’s Hospital, The Prince Charles Hospital, Gold Coast Hospital, Queensland, Australia.
  • 1996 -1995: Principal House Officer, Orthopaedics, The Ipswich Hospital, The Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory, Australia.
  • 1994: Junior House Officer, Mater Adults, Mothers & Children’s Hospitals, Brisbane Queensland Country Relieving Medical Superintendent.
  • 1993: Intern Bundaberg Base Hospital Mater Adults, Mothers & Children’s  Hospitals, Brisbane.
  • 1992: Student Clerkship Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA. Paediatric and Adult Orthopaedics, Dr W Shaughnessy, Dr D Llwyellen. Graduated with Honours.

Research Interests

Associate Professor Labrom has always had a very keen interest in research ever since completing his Masters Degree in Spinal Biomechanics at the University of British Columbia in 2002. He has also been a proud member of the Biomechanics and Spine Research Group (BSRG) now based at the Queensland Children’s Hospital Research Building and affiliated with Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

For a full list of Professor Labrom’s published articles and book chapters please see – https://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Labrom,_Robert.html