In a historic year marking 80 years of orthopaedics in Australia, the Australian Orthopaedic Association has kicked off its national travelling exhibition for 2017 on the NSW Mid North Coast where over 1000 orthopaedic operations are performed every year.
Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) President, Dr Ian Incoll said, “The travelling orthopaedic exhibition showcases the history of orthopaedics in Australia through a series of interactive elements such as skeletons, prosthesis examples and surgical equipment from now and the past 80 years.
“Orthopaedic surgery has been a constantly evolving area of medicine. In the last 80 years there have been major advances in imaging, prostheses, and surgical techniques and equipment. All this has meant we can provide reliable life-changing procedures,” said Dr Incoll.
Local orthopaedic surgeon Dr Bruce White said the exhibition was important to the area as it provides the local community greater insight into the 500 major joint replacement procedures performed in the mid-North coast region every year.
“Due to technological and surgical advances in orthopaedic surgery over the year, hundreds of mid-North Coast residents are able to enjoy a better quality of life,” Dr White said.
The exhibition includes information on youth sports injury prevention, the evolution of joint replacement, developments in the treatment of fractures and innovations in orthopaedic surgery including the use of 3D printing, use of robotics and customised implants during surgery.
“The specialty of orthopaedics keeps our children in the game, puts the bounce back in the knees and hips of our elderly and keeps all of Australia moving with more than 1.1 million hip and knee joint replacement procedures undertaken throughout Australia’s hospital network since 1999.
“The exhibition is designed to help inform the community about the breadth of orthopaedic procedures performed in more than 300 Australian hospitals every day.” Dr Incoll said.
The travelling exhibition is free and can be viewed at a number of sites throughout the Forster and Taree area. The exhibition will open on Tuesday, January 17 at The Mayo Private Hospital Potoroo Drive, Taree and the Manning Regional Art Gallery 2 Macquarie Street, Taree.
About the Association
The Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) is the peak professional body for orthopaedic surgeons in Australia. AOA provides high quality specialist education, training and continuing professional development. AOA is the leading authority in the provision of orthopaedic information to the community.