Orthopaedic Specialties

Orthopaedic Registrars

Orthopaedic registrars are registered medical practitioners who have completed their medical degree, internship and preliminary training and who are advanced trainees on an accredited orthopaedic training program with the goal of becoming a fully qualified orthopaedic surgeon.

The registrar will work in close association and under the supervision of a qualified orthopaedic surgeon and undertake a range of duties commensurate with their training. These duties will include the admission of patients, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up; in many cases assisting or performing surgery under the supervision of an orthopaedic surgeon in the operating theatre.

In Australia, orthopaedic surgeons are trained by the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) as an agent of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS). Once training is completed, the trainee can become a fellow of the AOA and obtain FAOrthA.

All enquiries concerning orthopaedic training should be directed to the AOA.