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Special thanks to our friend Longo Hofer from Switzerland who has generously designed our new logo reproduced below. It features the ubiquitous coconut palm seen throughout the Pacific and the Southern Cross constellation. The I acts as a splint for the bent coconut tree (representing the Tree of Andry). The whole image is lying on the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean.
 


 
 
 
Click here to read a report on Module 6 - "Orthopaedic Tumours " held in Honiara, Solomon Islands in October 2014.
 
 
Click here to read a report on Module 5 - "Paediatric Orthopaedics " held in Honiara, Solomon Islands in June 2014.
 
 
Click here to read a report on Module 4 - "Orthopaedic trauma" held in Honiara, Solomon Islands in February 2014.
 
 
Click here to read a report on Module 3 - "Hip" held in Honiara, Solomon Islands in 
October 2013.

PIOA was well represented at the Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting held in Darwin from 6-9 October 2013. Dr. Patrick Houasia presented on "PIOA training program - the first two modules". Dr. Alex Munamua presented on "Can training in infection control modify and improve orthopaedic clinical practice?"  Dr. Stephen Kodovaru presented on "Transformation of club foot care in the Solomon Islands using Ponsetti technique."    The presentations were very warmly received and there is now a lot of support for PIOA and its goals to train orthopaedic surgeons for the Pacific Islands.


Dr Stephen Kodvaru, Dr Alex Munamua and Dr. John North at the AOA ASM Darwin.
 
 

Thank you to GB Orthopaedics for their kind donation of Ponsetti boots and bars for the Club Foot programme in the Solomon Islands. Dr. Stephen Kodavare was able to visit the GB Orthopaedics workshop in Brisbane and see how prostheses are made.



PIOA reaches an agreement with the International College of Surgeons (ICS). 
The ICS has agreed to recognise successful graduates of the PIOA training programme as Fellows of the International College of Surgeons. A copy of the formal letter from ICS is available here. PIOA is the first training organisation in the Pacific to obtain formal recognition of its graduates by the International College of Surgeons.


PIOA signs training agreement with Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Solomon Islands Government in Honiara.





Dr.Lester Ross, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Solomon Islands Goverment signed a training agreement with Dr Patrick Houasia and Dr Desmond Soares representing the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic association. The agreement was signed in Honiara on 27 November 2012 at the Ministry. The agreement is for an initial period of five years with an extension by mutual agreement. PIOA will commence the first module of the training program in Honiara in February 2013. 

PIOA training program presented at International College of Surgeons Congress Brisbane
Dr. Desmond Soares presented a paper titled "Moodle and Modules - an innovative training program" at the 38th Biennial World Congress of the International College of Surgeons in Brisbane on 10 November 2012. PIOA is looking to partner with the International College of Surgeons (ICS) so as to award those who complete the PIOA training program a fellowship of the International College of Surgeons.
 

PIOA welcomed by APOA
"Greetings from the APOA!"

I am pleased to inform you that there is an overwhelming support from the APOA Councillors for enrolling members of the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association as members of the APOA. ...... read more
        
 
 
 
First module - February 2013
Held at National Referral Hospital , Honiara, Solomon Islands

Applications may be made to commence training in 2014 -  apply here