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 eight Pacific Island countries. (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, Kiribati, Federated states of Micronesia 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 – “Orthopaedic Trauma”  will be held at the Modilon General Hospital, Madang, PNG from 30 January to 8 February 2018. The “Orthopaedic Research” module will follow on directly from 9 February to 15 February 2018.
PIOA welcomed 6 new trainees in 2018. They are Kevin Lapu, Stephen James, Jimmy (James)  Yakea, Petrus Opum, Anthony Nasai (all from PNG) and Clay Siosi from Solomon Islands.
Applications to commence training in 2019 close on 31 October 2018.



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. …

PIOA welcomes Dr. Juvencio Dias our first trainee from Timor Leste

PIOA is pleased to welcome Dr. Juvencio Dias from Timor Leste. He is our first trainee from Timor and is based in Dili. Juvencio is fluent in 6 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa, Tetun and his local language. He is a quiet but very hardworking student. PIOA will faciliate supervision visits by Dr. Matthew Sharland …

PIOA welcomes Dr. Haynes Rasin our first trainee from Bougainville

PIOA is pleased to welcome Dr. Haynes Rasin our first trainee from the autonomous region of Bougainville in PNG. Haynes is an experienced general surgeon who has worked in Bougainville for many years. Patients with trauma make up a large part of his surgical workload. He was very pleased to be able to take a …