"Leadership, Professionalism and Orthopaedics” //  28-29 March 2019


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Dear Colleague


The first AOA Continuing Orthopaedic Education meeting for the year will be held at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne from 28–29 March 2019.


Across the two days, our comprehensive faculty will be discussing the theme ‘Leadership, professionalism and orthopaedics’.


Faculty – Invited Speakers

• Katherine Barraclough – Consultant Nephrologist, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

• Andrew Briggs – Professor, Curtin University

• Adrian Cosenza – AOA Chief Executive Officer

• Tim Dewhurst – Medical Director of the Victorian Doctors Health Programme

• Matt Finnis – St Kilda Football Club, Chief Executive Officer

• Jane Fitzpatrick – Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

• Simon Longstaff – Director, The Ethics Centre (via video)

• Robyn Murphy – Head of the Dept of Biochemistry and Genetics, LaTrobe University Institute for Molecular Science

• Susi Tegen – Non Executive Director & former CEO in the medical industry

• Alison Verhoeven – Chief Executive Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association


Faculty – Invited Speakers, Orthopaedic

Peter Choong, Chris Conyard, Andrew Ellis, Juliette Gentle, Michael Gillespie, Jennifer Green, Annette Holian, Ian Incoll, Chris Kondogiannis, David Martin, Peter Moore, John North, Andrew Saies, Anthony Silva, Peter Smitham, Sindy Vrancic, Adam Watson, Colin Whitewood, Nicole Williams, Greg Witherow.


The program aims to highlight:

• What is leadership, and how do we recognise it and teach it?

• Orthopaedic surgeons as advocates

• Research

• Ethics & Professionalism

• Core strategies of the AOA Strategic Plan 2019–2021

• Foundation Competencies of AOA 21


Following a day of scientific sessions, the conference dinner on Thursday night will be held at one of Melbourne’s most impressive venues, Eureka 89.


Governance education for AOA members

The day before the commencement of the official program, AOA will for the first time offer a half-day governance education session for AOA members.


The course has been developed and customised for Australian orthopaedic surgeons by AOA CEO Adrian Cosenza, who is a long-standing fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. It provides an increased understanding of the effective and responsible working of boards and committees. Any AOA member currently serving on an AOA committee, interested in doing so, or looking to more effectively and productively engage with hospital committees or other groups, is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. The course is offered at no cost, and is a valuable member benefit. Expressions of interest can be made as part of your registration for the meeting.


We hope you can join us in Melbourne.


Chris Vertullo



Juliette Gentle

Local Convenor