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 – “Introduction”, “Spine” and “Research” will be held at the TTM Hospital, Apia , Samoa from 23 March to 10 April 2020.
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.
Dr. Reshwin Rajan from Solomon Islands presented a paper at the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association. Here is his report: NZOA Pacific Ambassador Program was initiated by NZOA and Orthopacifix Charitable trust in 2018. Dr Raymond Saulep(PNG), was the first candidate. This year I was fortunate enough to be selected as the second Pacific Ambassador to …
Des Soares, Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association, Secretary presented at the Outreach Section, Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting held in Canberra, 8 October 2019. The topic was Running a modular orthopaedic education program in the Pacific the challenges the victories the disappointments. You can watch the presentation by clicking the link.
The Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting was held in Canberra this year. Dr. Areta Samuelu (Apia, Samoa) and Dr. Raymond Saulep (Kundiawa, PNG) represented PIOA. Raymond also attended the Australian Orthopaedic Registrars Association conference and presented on Spine TB. Areta presented at the Outreach section. It was good to also meet up with Dr. …