Dr. Des Soares, PIOA Director of Training, met with the Honorable Prime Minister Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi of Samoa on 13 June 2017,
to discuss the PIOA training program. The Prime Minister was very interested in our model of training doctors in orthopaedics,
using a module approach that minimised the time away from their hospitals and home countries.
The Introductory module was held at the Lautoka Hospital, Fiji from 30 January to 8 February 2017.
We welcomed 7 new trainees (Raymond Saulep, Thomas Kiele, Alois Mouemuem, Henao Asa from PNG, Alfredo Adams from Samoa, Pita Sovanivalu from Fiji and Johnny Hedson from FSM). PIOA now has 18 trainees in 8 countries. You can read the Module 1 2017 report here.
From L to R: Front row: Stephen Kodovaru (Solomon Islands), Des Soares (Australia), Roy Craig (New Zealand), David Bartle (New Zealand), Tim Gregg (New Zealand), Mark Rokobuli (Fiji)
Back row: Raymond Saulep (PNG), Pita Sovanivalu (Fiji), Thomas Kiele (PNG), Naseri Aitaoto (Am. Samoa), Alfredo Adams (Samoa), Henao Asa (PNG), Alois Mouemuem (PNG), Johnny Hedson (Federated states of Micronesia).
PIOA has signed a partnership agreement with the AO Alliance Foundation, which is the premier orthopaedic education foundation worldwide. This was only possible because of the tireless efforts of Dr. Herman Oberli, founding member of PIOA and a strong advocate for the improvement of the management of trauma in the Pacific Islands. We also wish to thank our generous sponsor, Hans Joerg Wyss, for his partnership in our work. This agreement means that PIOA has stable funding for the next 5 years and can continue to train orthopaedic surgeons from Pacific Island countries. PIOA is now the accepted leader for orthopaedic training in the Pacific Island countries.
From L to R: Suthorn Bavonratanavech, AO Foundation representative; Joachim Prein(Vice-Chair), Rolf Jeker(Chair), Jaime Quintero, Board Member. Standing: Dr. Hermann Oberli
PIOA training Director held discussion with the National University of Samoa. The Dean of the Medical School Lemamea Dr. Limbo Fiu and Lecturer Dr. Dyxon Hansell are progressing discussions. It is hoped the National University of Samoa w
ill accredit the PIOA training program as a Master of Surgery (Orthopaedics).
PIOA training Director signed a training agreement with Leituala Dr. Ben Matalavea, covering Dr Shaun Mauiliu and Dr Areta Samuelu and any future trainees from TTM Hospital. This agreement is valid for a period of 5 years.
The “Orthopaedic Spine” module was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 30 May 2016 to 8 June 2016. This module covered history taking, clinical examination, and management of orthopaedic spinal conditions. In addition training on a Pacific Trauma database and a workshop on Infectious disease was held. You can read the Module 2 2016 report here.
From L to R Front row – Ian Cheung (Australia), Des Soares(Australia), Martin Walliser(Switzerand), Phillip Stillhard(Switzerland)
Middle row – Mark Rokobuli (Fiji), Kabiri Itaka (Kiribati), Felix Diaku (PNG), Areta Samuelu(Samoa), George Kabwere(Solomon Is)
Back row – Naseri Aitaoto(American Samoa), Stephen Kodvaru(Solomon Is, James Tewa’ani(Solomon islands)
Alex Munamua(Solomon islands), Shaun Mauiliu(Samoa)
The “Orthopaedic Trauma” module was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 1 February to 10 February 2016. This module covered history taking, clinical examination, and management of trauma. You can read the Module 1, 2016 report here.
From L to R
Dr. Vauhgan Poutawera(New Zealand), Areta Samuelu(Samoa), Felix Diaku(PNG)
From L to R
Front row – Jochen Ruckstuhl, Des Soares, Vaughan Poutawera, Gerold Lusser, Matthew Hope
Middle row – Basil Leodoro, James Tewa’ani, Felix Diaku, George Kabwere, Kabiri Itaka
Back row – Mark Rokobuli, Areta Samuelu, Alex Munamua, Naseri Aiotato, Stephen Kodovaru, Shaun Mauiliu
PIOA trainees Kabiri Itaka (Kiribati) and Areta Samuelu (Samoa) presented scientific papers at the Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane on 13 October 2015. Dr. Patrick Houasia, President PIOA presented on the first three years of the PIOA training program and Dr Des Soares, Director of Training for PIOA presented on preparation of a orthopaedic disaster plan for the Pacific Islands. .
You can read a PIOA annual 2015
summary report for the 2015 training modules here.
From L to R Des Soares, Areta Samuelu (Samoa), Kabiri Itaka (Kiribati) and Patrick Houasia
The “Upper limb” module was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 30 September to 7 October 2015. This module covered history taking, clinical examination, and management of elective and traumatic conditions affecting the upper limb including shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Click here to read the Module 3 2015 report on the Upper limb module.
Back row L to R – Paul Hitchen, Stephen Quain, Des Soares
Front row L to R – Kabiri itaka, Mark Rokobuli, Stephen Kodovaru, James Tewa’ani, Areta Samuelu
Stephen Kodovaru and Mark Rokobuli doing a sawbones exercise for an adult T intercondylar fracture.
PIOA promoted in the Solomon Star Newspaper in Honiara