The Knee module was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 8 June to 17 June 2015. Click here to read the report on the June 2015 Knee module.
From L to R: Kabiri Itaka (Kiribati), James Tewa’ani (Solomon Islands), Areta Samuelu (Samoa), Mark Rokobuli (Fiji)
Stephen Kodovaru (Solomon Islands) and Shaun Mauiliu (Samoa) with their sawbones ACL reconstruction.
PIOA students with Dr Patrick Houasia, President PIOA and Director Orthopaedics (Solomon Islands)
Dr. Basil Leodoro from Vanuatu has been the Medevac coordinator at Vila Central Hospital. Basil attended his first PIOA module in February. He requested additional assistance in the form of personnel and ex-fix equipment.
PIOA has been able to assist the staff at the Vila Central Hospital by sending Dr Stephen Kodovaru and operating theatre RN Mary Maneporaa from Solomon Islands. They stayed in Vila for 10 days to help with dealing with trauma following the cylcone.
In addition Dr. Mark Rokobuli, one of our trainees from Fiji has been deployed with the Royal Fiji Military to assist in Vila.
PIOA was also able to coordinate and deliver ex-fix equipment donated by Stryker Orthopaedics, and Dot Dash (Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics) and some battery drills donated by Greenslopes Hospital.
Dr. Basil Leodoro reviewing a child who suffered burns while trying to help his family get rid of cyclone debris.
Dr. Trevor Culwick receiving ex-fix gear carried by PIOA (donated by Dot Dash, Stryker and Greenslopes Hospital)
Dr. Basil Leodoro co-ordinating Medevac flights for injured patients on the outer islands
Cyclone Pam affected people in Port Vila queuing for food rations.
INTRODUCTORY MODULE – FEBRUARY 2015
The Introductory module was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 2 February to 11 February 2015. Click here to read the Module 1 2015 report on the February 2015 Introductory module.
Back row (L to R ) James Tewa’ani, ALex Munamua, Basil Leodoro, Kabiri Itaka, Areta Samuelu, George Kabwere, Mark Rokobuli, Stephen Kodovaru
Front row (L to R) Hermann Oberli, Christian Gubler, Patrick Houasia, Gerold, Lusser, Matthew Hope, Des Soares
PIOA trainers and trainees were pleased to meet with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Solomons Islands Government. The Deputy Prime Minister thanked PIOA for the training programme and was impressed with the training being offered to doctors from many of the Pacific Island countries based at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara.
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.
From L to R (Stephen Kodovaru, Des Soares and Shaun Mauiliu) at the AOA ASM in Melbourne, 14 October 2014
The sixth module – “Orthopaedic Tumours” was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 29 September to 8 October 2014.
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)
The fifth module – “Paediatric Orthopaedics” was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 9 June to 18 June 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)
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
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.
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.
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.