AOA ASM Melbourne, October 2014

PIOA trainees Stephen Kodovaru (Solomon Islands) and  Shaun Mauiliu (Samoa) presented scientific papers at the Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne on 14 October 2014. Dr Des Soares, Director of Training for PIOA  also presented a report on behalf of Dr. Patrick Houasia on the first two years of the PIOA training program.
You can view Stephen Kodovaru’s presentation REVIEW OF ELBOW FRACTURES here.
You can view Shaun Mauiliu’s presentation   ORTHOPAEDICS IN SAMOA  here.
 
You can view the 2 year report on the PIOA training AOA ASM here.

From L to R (Stephen Kodovaru, Des Soares and Shaun Mauiliu) at the AOA ASM in Melbourne,  14 October 2014

Module 3, October 2014, Tumour

The sixth module – “Orthopaedic Tumours” was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 29 September to 8 October 2014.
Click here to read  the Module 6 report
Trainees From L to R : George Kabwere (Solomon Is), Kabiri Tun Itaka(Kiribati), Stephen Kodovaru(Solomon Is), Alex Munamua(Solomon Is) and Shaun Mauiliu (Samoa)
Staff and students at Module 6.  From L to R: Kabiri Itaka, David Ardern (NZ), Shaun Mauiliu, Pauli Hitchen (Aust), Eka Wiratnaya (Indonesia), George Kabwere, Vaughan Poutawera (NZ), Alex Munamua, Stephen Kodovaru, Des Soares (Aust), Patrick Houasia (Solomon Is)

PIOA Module 2, June 2014, Paediatric orthoapedics

The fifth module – “Paediatric Orthopaedics” was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 9 June to 18 June 2014.
Click here to read  the  Module 2 report 2014
  Back row: L to R      Stephen Kodovaru, Alex Munamua, Kabiri Itaka, George Kabwere
Front row: L to R     Peter Cundy, Maxime Cote, Kate Stannage, Nicole Williams, Des Soares
 
Dr. Peter Cundy (Adelaide) with trainees Kabiri Itaka (Kiribati) and Alex Munamua (Solomon Islands)

Module 4, February 2014, Trauma

The fourth module – “Orthopaedic trauma” was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands from 3 February to 12 February 2014.

From L to R: Stephen Kodovaru, George Kabwere, Shaun Mauiliu, Kabiri Itaka, Alex Munamua

Alex Munamua with Jochen Ruckstuhl (Swiss)

Stephen Kodovaru with Jochen Ruckstuhl

Click here to read the Trauma Module report 2014

Introducing Kabiri Itaka from Kiribati

PIOA welcomes our newest trainee, Dr. Kabiri Itaka from Kiribati.
 
Dr Itaka is one of only two surgeons in his nation serving a population of approximately 100,000 people. To date any orthopaedic trauma in Kiribati is held over for formal management by a visiting team from Brisbane that comes only once a year. Dr. Itaka will now be able to take a much more active role in managing his injured patients.

PIOA Module 3, October 2013 – Hip

The third module – “Hip” was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands from 13 October to 22 October 2013. Click here to read the Module 3 report .

 

PIOA trainees from L to R: Shaun Mauiliu, Stephen Kodovaru, George Kabwere, Alex Munamua.

Practicing applying an external fixator to a fractured pelvis (synthetic bones).
Plaster technician Philip is  in the background.

AOA ASM Darwin, October 2013

PIOA trainees Stephen Kodovaru and Alex Munamua presented scientific papers at the Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting in Darwin on 9 October 2013. Dr Patrick Houasia also presented a report on the first two modules and the positive effect the PIOA training program was having not just on the orthopaedic department but also on the rest of the hospital.
Stephen Kodavaru, Alex Munamua and John North at the AOA ASM in Darwin.

GB Orthopaedics

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 Kodovare was able to visit the GB Orthopaedics workshop in Brisbane and see how prostheses are made.

PIOA agreement with International College of Surgeons

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.