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AOA Guest Speaker


Roy Carey



Roy Carey is an Australian orthopaedic surgeon who graduated from M nash University, Melbourne in 1973. He completed post graduate training in Orthopaedics in Melbourne, UK and Europe.

Upon returning to Melbourne in 1983 he has held public hospital appointments at the Royal Children’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital and Prince Henry’s Hospital.

He is a Past President of the Spine Society of Australia and for six years was a Board  member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

Over the last 35 years, his practice has been almost exclusively confined to spine surgery, although he ceased operative practice in 2016.

Over these years Dr Carey has been involved with WorkCare, WorkCover and WorkSafe Victoria (W.S.V.), and in 1996 edited Guidelines for the Management of Employees with Compensable Low Back Pain for the Victorian WorkCover Authority. He also was involved in a successful television advertising program designed to empower compensable low back pain sufferers, and the subsequent published review of the effectiveness of this program gained a prestigious Volvo award for its authors.

Dr Carey is currently co-chairman of the Surgical Advisory Panel to Worksafe Victoria which reviews proposed billing for spine surgeries requested.

He has also been involved in the establishment of the MultiDisciplinary IME program, to undertake clinical review of patients for whom spine surgery is proposed.

Dr Carey also advises a large Private Insurer and a large commercial Self-Insurer in the areas of ethical spine surgery billing.

Dr Carey perceives an existential threat to our current health insurance system, and worryingly to the long-term career prospects of our young trainees, by the increasingly mercantile behaviours of some surgeons, particularly in his specialty of spine surgery.