Australian Orthopaedic Association
Dear Colleagues from near and afar,
Welcome to the AOA and NZOA combined Annual Scientific Meeting. Our two associations meet every five years and I invite you all to take part in the fun and robust scientific discussions.
Ethics and professionalism needs no introduction. They are core values of medical practice and yet they are constantly being challenged. Modern technology allows surgeons to do so much more, but we must decide what is right. We should act in the interests of our patients, but the interests of the individual, the collective, and other parties are not always the same.
Orthopaedics is a dynamic profession and we must check our standards, our philosophy, how we act, and how we want to be judged. We have invited a number of speakers to explore ethics and professionalism and to examine what we practice and teach.
Our scientific secretaries have selected the best abstracts and assembled a program that should stimulate all of you by presenting new data, revisiting controversial issues, and in some ways improving our practice. As ethical professionals, we should embrace a critical view of what we do.
Tropical Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. We hope you relax in the tropics, enjoy our hospitality and foster orthopaedic friendships.
I would like to invite you to join me for the combined AOA/NZOA Annual Scientific Meeting in Cairns from 9–13 October 2016.
The theme for the meeting is ethics and professionalism, which are the two pillars of orthopaedic practice regulating our relationships with patients and society.
We are a ‘learned profession’, which means that we have a special set of knowledge and skills that we master, improve and pass on to the next generation, that we have an obligation to put our patients’ interests ahead of our own, and that we have the privilege of self-regulation. We are not a business training surgeons for a fee, and as such, we are not regulated.
If we fail in upholding the professional behaviour and ethical principles of our association, we are at risk of breaking this contract we have with our patients and society which will inevitably lead to increasing control of our work by various regulatory authorities.
The NZOA is fortunate to have as its guests two outstanding speakers, who I am certain will inspire trainees and surgeons alike to achieve excellence in orthopaedic surgery and at the same time respect the principles of ethics and professionalism. I have no doubt you will enjoy the contributions of the Presidential Guest Speaker Professor Grant Gillett – bioethicist at the University of Otago in my hometown, Dunedin.
I am sure the Scientific Committee will put together a varied and interesting program for all orthopaedic subspecialties. Andreas Loefler and I are looking forward to welcoming you to tropical Queensland, in the spirit of the ANZACs.
New Zealand Orthopaedic Association