• Orthopaedic surgery

Orthopaedic surgery


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Orthopaedic surgeons treat and correct functional issues related to bones, ligaments, muscles and joints.

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36–40 hours/week
average time worked
average salary
5 years
min full time
GP sub-specialty
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Orthopaedic surgery
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
Orthopaedic surgeons treat and correct functional issues related to bones, ligaments, muscles and joints.
63 new Fellows in 2016 (including both IMGs and trainees).
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) eligibility
Any person wishing to register for selection into the surgical education and training (SET) training program of one (or more) of the surgical specialties must fulfil all of the generic eligibility criteria at the time of registration, whilst being prepared to meet the eligibility criteria for the specific specialty (or specialties) during the next stage of selection.

The generic eligibility requirements that apply across all nine specialties are:
- To have permanent residency or citizenship of Australia or New Zealand at the time of registration
- To have general (unconditional) registration in Australia or general scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant specialty in New Zealand
- To have successfully completed the RACS-specified Hand Hygiene Learning Module from Hand Hygiene Australia since 1 January 2013
- To complete the RACS Let’s Operate With Respect eModule 4

Australian Orthopaedics Assocation (AOA) eligibility
In addition to the RACS generic eligibility criteria, applicants must fulfil the AOA specialty-specific eligibility criteria by the date SET applications open (March). AOA specialty-specific eligibility criteria are:
- Completion of at least 26 working weeks of orthopaedic surgical experience within the last two years at PGY3 or higher
- Successful completion of the generic surgical sciences exam (GSSE)
- Successful completion of a state-licensed radiation safety course.
Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). In addition to FRACS, new Fellows can apply to receive Fellowship of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (FAOrthA).
Application to the surgical education and training (SET) program is a two-stage process:

1.  Register with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
RACS assesses each registrant against generic eligibility requirements which are common across all surgical specialties. Information on registration can be found on the RACS website.

2.  Apply to the
Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
During the course of their training, all SET trainees, unless otherwise indicated, will undertake:
- Clinical examination (CE): $2,255
- Orthopaedic principles and basic sciences examination: $2,955
- Fellowship examination: $8,165
Refer to the AOA website for training details
The RACS registration period generally occurs in January. The AOA selection application period generally occurs in March. Applicants must register with RACS prior to applying to AOA. For the most up to date dates, check the AOA website here. NB: The AOA Selection process is updated on an annual basis, so your information will need to be checked each year against our Regulations in order to remain current. The Regulations are released in November each year and can be downloaded from https://www.aoa.org.au/orthopaedic-training/becoming-an-aoa-trainee.

NB: Salary figures, working hours, undersubscribed and oversubscribed can vary greatly depending on various factors including but not limited to geographic location, private or public practice. MedVersus provides an Australia wide overview. For information specific to your needs we encourage you to discuss further with the relevant colleges/associations. For feedback/information to keep the site up to date please contact us by email: media@gptq.qld.edu.au

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