May 5, 2019

Andrew Vane and Canadian fellow Scott Westberg visited the beautiful Cook Islands for a week in early May.  Surgeon Dr Deacon Teapa was away at for a well-deserved week at a conference but Dr Dyxon from Samoa and Registrar Dr Kako were on hand to help with orthopaedic...

February 1, 2019

Several Orthopacifix surgeons joined with Australian, Swiss and Solomon Island colleagues to teach and mentor on this Introductory Orthopaedics Module held in Madang on the north coast of PNG in February 2019. Vaughan Poutawera, David Bartle and Roy Craig from New Zeal...

September 5, 2018

One hectic week working at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Apia! 11 surgeries and more than 60 new patient consultations. Shaun Mauiliu traveled with me from Tauranga back to his hometown and we worked closely with Dr Areta Samuelu for the week.

A big highlight wa...

July 30, 2018

The paediatric and tumour modules of the Pacific Island Orthopaedics Association training scheme was held from July 30th to August 17th 2018 at Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Samoa. 14 trainees attended the two modules. Lectures were given by New Zealand orthopaedic...

July 30, 2018

Finally after a few customs wrangles and persuasive work from Dr Thomas Kiele in Port Moresby the complete large fragment set made it to the orthopaedic department there!

Many thanks to the team at Pioneer Medical for their assistance with the logistics.

June 1, 2018

It is always a pleasure to work with the amazing team at the Rarotonga Hospital in the Cook Islands, and this was especially the case during the week 28th May to 1st June 2018 during the Autumn Health Specialist Visit. During this week over a hundred people were seen i...

February 10, 2018

The PIOA Trauma and Research Modules were held in Madang, Papua New Guinea from January 29th to February 16th, 2018. In total 20 trainees attended these modules with lessons been taught by staff from Switzerland, Australia, Solomon Islands and New Zealand. 


September 20, 2017

Vaughan Poutawera and Andrew Vane spent a very busy week in Honiara, Solomon Islands teaching orthopaedic trainees at a Pacific Island Orthopaedic Association module.  The PIOA and the teaching modules are organised and run by Des Soares, Brisbane.  Sud Rao, from Hawke...

August 7, 2017

We are very pleased to have Dr Shaun Mauiliu visit us from Samoa to work in our department in order to develop his skills in orthopaedic surgery. The Orthopacifix Trust enables us to develop networks and make the most of these opportunities.  

May 30, 2017

Following on from Vaughan, I (Andrew) travelled to Rarotonga with my Registrar, Neil Singleton, for a second week full of operating, clinics, teaching and mentorship with Dr Deacon Teapa.  It’s great to see the knowledge and expertise that Deacon utilises to provide hi...

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