Orthopaedic registrars

Orthopaedic registrars are registered medical practitioners who have completed their medical degree, internship and preliminary training and are advanced trainees on an accredited orthopaedic training program. This is necessary to become a fully qualified orthopaedic surgeon.

The registrar will work closely with, and under the supervision of, a qualified orthopaedic surgeon and will undertake a range of duties as part of their training. These duties will include the admission of patients, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. In many cases, registrars assist or perform surgery.

In Australia, orthopaedic surgeons are trained by the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) as an agent of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS). Once their training is completed, the trainee can become a fellow of the AOA and obtain FAOrthA.

All enquiries concerning orthopaedic training should be directed to the AOA.