Welcome to the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association
The Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association (PIOA) was formed to promote and develop modern orthopaedic surgical care in the Islands of the South Pacific.
The association was established in Honiara, Solomon Islands and has trainees from nine Pacific Island countries. (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, Kiribati, Federated states of Micronesia, Timor Leste and Vanuatu). See map below for locations of our members and trainees.
PIOA welcomes enquiries from orthopaedic surgeons who wish to become members.
The next module – “Knee” and “Foot & Ankle” will be held at the Kundiawa Hospital, Kundiawa, PNG from 29 July to 16 August 2019.
PIOA welcomed 5 new trainees in 2019. They are Haynes Rasin, Bohu Urakoko and Viola Kokiva (aal from PNG), Juvencio Dias from Timor Leste and Reshwin Rajan from Solomon Islands.
Applications to commence training in 2020 close on 31 October 2019.


PIOA represented at Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA Sports meeting 2019) conference in Kuala Lumpur

PIOA first year trainee, Dr. Reshwin Rajan, from Solomon Islands presented a poster at the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA) Sports meeting 2019 conference in Kuala Lumur. He is the first trainee to represent PIOA at APOA. His paper was on the “Epidemiology of Soccer related fractures in Solomon Islands“. Pictured with him is Dr. …

Graduation ceremony for Dr. Stephen Kodovaru – Master of Surgery (Orthopaedics) at National University of Samoa (Apia)

Today marks the culmination of a 7 plus year journey for Dr. Stephen Kodovaru from Solomon Islands. Stephen received a Master of Surgery in Orthopaedics from the National University of Samoa in Apia. He is the first graduate of the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association training program. He is also the current President of PIOA. You …

Report on Module 1, 2019 – Introductory module / Upper limb module

Module 1 was held at the Modilon Hospital and the Madang Lodge Conference room in Madang, Papua New Guinea(PNG) from February 4th to February 22nd, 2019. There were 14 trainees in the Introductory module and 17 trainees attended the Upper limb module. They are Dr. Shaun Mauiliu  from Apia in Samoa, Dr. Alex Munamua, Dr. …