Discipline of Orthopaedics & Trauma
Research programs of the Discipline are an interdisciplinary collaboration between those involved in clinical management, basic science, bioengineering, pathology and epidemiology.
Residing within the School of Medicine, the Discipline has campuses at five teaching hospitals, the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Lyell McEwin Health Service, Modbury Public Hospital and the Women's and Children's Hospital. It also has an important relationship with the OASIRS at Hampstead and valued clinical and academic partnerships with private hospitals.
The Discipline has a high profile in research and teaching, both nationally and internationally.
There are approximately 7000 orthopaedic and trauma admissions to the teaching hospitals of the Discipline each year. The numbers and casemix of patients in both the public and private hospitals attached to the Discipline offers enormous opportunities for a diverse range of clinical, translational basic science research and higher degree research.
Research expertise across the campuses covers the areas of:
Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions constitute a huge burden globally and are responsible for up to 25% of primary care visits: back pain, arthritis, osteoporosis and injury form the bulk of this burden. Many of the conditions are chronic and associated with ageing and so are on the continual rise.
Associate Professor Mellick Chehade is the Course Coordinator for the undergraduate musculoskeletal teaching, and is also the Director and Founder of the AMSEC (Australian Musculo Skeletal Education Collaboration) Project, which has led to national standards being adopted in the delivery of musculoskeletal teaching and positioned the University of Adelaide as one of the leading centres globally in this field.
Our centre is the first in Australia to implement the AMSEC "competency based" curriculum with a focus on principles-based practice with specific application to nationally relevant emergency and high burden conditions. This will leave our graduates much better prepared and confident to effectively manage the range of MSK conditions they can realistically expect to encounter as graduating interns and junior doctors working in the Australian health system.
The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Medicine Rotation combines the major Disciplines of Orthopaedics & Trauma, Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Medicine with support from Radiology, Pain Management and Allied Health.
Teaching is delivered via a blended learning programme using online tutorials, face to face clinical tutorials, anatomy sessions as well as supervised clinical placements on the ward, outpatient clinics and operating theatres, where students are able to apply and be assessed on their knowledge and clinical judgement.
We commence the course with a review of the basic science topics that are core to critical thinking in musculoskeletal practice:
Clinical science topics include:
- Assistive Devices
- Amputee and Rehabilitation
- Orthopaedics and Trauma
- Pain Management
- Procedural Skills
- Physical Examination
- Spine and Sports Medicine
Our philosophy is that "assessment drives learning" with a strong focus on "formative-barrier" assessment.
We also believe that learning and teaching are inseparable and should be stimulating and entertaining. Small group teaching with clear learning objectives and balanced direction allow for efficiency of learning. This promotes reflective practice and facilitates the independent critical thinking required for ongoing advanced clinical reasoning, life-long learning and mastery.
Head of Discipline
- Professor Brian Freeman - Head, Spinal Unit
- Associate Professor Anthony Pohl - Clinical Academic
- Associate Professor Gerald Atkins - Head, Bone Cell Biology
- Associate Professor Lucian Bogdan Solomon - Clinical Academic
- Associate Professor Mellick Chehade - Clinical Academic
- Mr Yun-Hom Yau - Senior Lecturer
- Dr Oksana Holubowycz - Post Doctoral Scientist
- Dr Nicole Williams - Clinical Research
- Mr Gavin Nimon - Senior Lecturer
- Dr Nobuaki Ito - Post Doctoral Researcher
- Dr Masakazu Kogawa - Post Doctoral Researcher
- Dr Matthew Prideaux - Post Doctoral Research Assistant
- Mr Martyn Sims - Associate Lecturer
- Mr Wai Weng Yoon - Associate Lecturer
- Mr Dennis Kosuge - Joint Replacement Fellow
- Sarah Marchioro - Discipline Secretary
A title within the School of Medicine is an important role in supporting the School’s Learning & Teaching activities. Find a list of titleholders from the Discipline on the Clinical Titleholders page.
Find contact details for the four campuses of the Discipline below.
Royal Adelaide Hospital
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 AUSTRALIA
Telephone: +61 8 8222 5535
Facsimile: +61 8 8232 3065
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
SA 5011 AUSTRALIA
Telephone: +61 8 8222 6099
Facsimile: +61 8 8222 7068
Lyell McEwin Hospital
Lyell McEwin Health Services
SA 5013 AUSTRALIA
Telephone: +61 8 8182 9000
Facsimile: +61 8 8182 9192
SA 5092 AUSTRALIA
Telephone: +61 8 8161 2000
Womens and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
SA 5006 AUSTRALIA
Telephone: +61 8 8161 7223
Facsimile: +61 8 8161 7057