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Welcome to the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association
 
The Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association (PIOA) was formed to promote and develop modern orthopaedic surgical care in the Islands of the South Pacific.
 
The association is based in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
 
The PIOA welcomes enquiries from orthopaedic surgeons who wish to become members.
 
The next module - "Foot & Ankle" will be held at the TTM Hospital, Apia, Samoa from 12-19 September, 2016. 
 

Applications to commence training in 2017 close on 31 October 2016.
 
 

 
 
 
The "Orthopaedic Spine" module was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 30 May 2016 to 8 June2016. This module covered history taking, clinical examination, and management of  orthoapedic spinal conditions. In addition training on a Pacific Trauma database and a workshop on Infectious disease was held.You can read a report on the module here.


From L to R Front row - Ian Cheung (Australia), Des Soares(Australia), Martin Walliser(Switzerand), Phillip Stillhard(Switzerland)
Middle row - Mark Rokobuli (Fiji), Kabiri Itaka (Kiribati), Felix Diaku (PNG), Areta Samuelu(Samoa), George Kabwere(Solomon Is)
Back row - Naseri Aitaoto(American Samoa), Stephen Kodvaru(Solomon Is, James Tewa'ani(Solomon islands) 
Alex Munamua(Solomon islands), Shaun Mauiliu(Samoa)


The "Orthopaedic Trauma" module was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 1 February to 10 February 2016. This module covered history taking, clinical examination, and management of  trauma. You can read a report on the module here.


From L to R 
Dr. Vauhgan Poutawera(New Zealand), Areta Samuelu(Samoa), Felix Diaku(PNG)




From L to R 
Front row - Jochen Ruckstuhl, Des Soares, Vaughan Poutawera, Gerold Lusser, Matthew Hope
Middle row - Basil Leodoro, James Tewa'ani, Felix Diaku, George Kabwere, Kabiri Itaka
Back row - Mark Rokobuli, Areta Samuelu, Alex Munamua, Naseri Aiotato, Stephen Kodovaru, Shaun Mauiliu



PIOA trainees Kabiri Itaka (Kiribati) and Areta Samuelu (Samoa) presented scientific papers at the Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane on 13 October 2015. Dr. Patrick Houasia, President PIOA presented  on the first three years of the PIOA training program and Dr Des Soares, Director of Training for PIOA  presented on preparation of a orthopaedic disaster plan for the Pacific Islands. .



You can view Kabiri Itaka's presentation here.

You can view Areta Samuelu's presentation here.

You can view Dr. Houasia's presentation here.

You can view Dr. Soares presentation here.



 From L to R   Des Soares, Areta Samuelu (Samoa), Kabiri Itaka (Kiribati) and Patrick Houasia
 
 
 
The "Upper limb" module was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 30 September to 7 October 2015. This module covered history taking, clinical examination, and management of elective and traumatic conditions affecting the upper limb including shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Click here to read a report of the Upper limb module.



Back row L to R -  Paul Hitchen, Stephen Quain, Des Soares
Front row L to R - Kabiri itaka, Mark Rokobuli, Stephen Kodovaru, James Tewa'ani, Areta Samuelu




Stephen Kodovaru and Mark Rokobuli doing a sawbones exercise for an adult T intercondylar fracture.

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PIOA will be well represented at the Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting 

to be held in Brisbane from 11 -15 October 2015. We will bring you some phot updates after the meeting.




PIOA promoted in the Solomon Star Newspaper in Honiara


           
 
 
The Knee module was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 8 June to 17 June 2015. Click here to read a report on the June 2015 Knee module.



From L to R:  Kabiri Itaka (Kiribati), James Tewa'ani (Solomon Islands), Areta Samuelu (Samoa), Mark Rokobuli (Fiji)
Stephen Kodovaru (Solomon Islands) and Shaun Mauiliu (Samoa) with their sawbones ACL reconstruction.


                

PIOA students with Dr Patrick Houasia, President PIOA and  Director Orthopaedics (Solomon Islands) 
and Prof. Nik Friederich, (Basle, Switzerland) with the VirtaMed ArthoS knee arthroscopy simulator 


VANUATU CYCLONE RELIEF

Dr. Basil Leodoro from Vanuatu has been the Medevac coordinator at Vila Central Hospital. Basil attended his first PIOA module in February. He requested additional assistance in the form of personnel and ex-fix equipment.

PIOA has been able to assist the staff at the Vila Central Hospital by sending Dr Stephen Kodovaru and operating theatre RN Mary Maneporaa from Solomon Islands. They stayed in Vila for 10 days to help with dealing with trauma following the cylcone. 

Please click here to read a report by Dr Kodovaru.

In addition Dr. Mark Rokobuli, one of our trainees from Fiji has been deployed with the Royal Fiji Military to assist in Vila.

PIOA was also able to coordinate and deliver ex-fix equipment donated by Stryker Orthopaedics, and Dot Dash (Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics) and some battery drills donated by Greenslopes Hospital. 

         
Dr. Basil Leodoro reviewing a child who suffered burns while trying to help his family get rid of cyclone debris.


         

Dr. Trevor Culwick receiving ex-fix gear carried by PIOA (donated by Dot Dash, Stryker and Greenslopes Hospital)

            

Dr. Basil Leodoro co-ordinating Medevac flights for injured patients on the outer islands

         

          Cyclone Pam affected people in Port Vila queuing for food rations

INTRODUCTORY MODULE - FEBRUARY 2015

The Introductory module was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 2 February to 11 February 2015. Click here to read a report on the February 2015 Introductory module.
 

Back row (L to R ) James Tewa'ani, ALex Munamua, Basil Leodoro, Kabiri Itaka, Areta Samuelu, George Kabwere, Mark Rokobuli, Stephen Kodovaru
Front row (L to R) Hermann Oberli, Christian Gubler, Patrick Houasia, Gerold, Lusser, Matthew Hope, Des Soares
 

 

PIOA trainers and trainees were pleased to meet with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Solomons Islands Government. The Deputy Prime Minister thanked PIOA for the training programme and was impressed with the training being offered to doctors from many of the Pacific Island countries based at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara.


PIOA trainees Stephen Kodovaru (Solomon Islands) and Shaun Mauiliu (Samoa) presented scientific papers at the Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne on 14 October 2014. Dr Des Soares, Director of Training for PIOA  also presented a report on behalf of Dr. Patrick Houasia on the first two years of the PIOA training program.


You can view Shaun Mauiliu's presentation here.

You can view the 2 year report on the PIOA program here.
 


From L to R (Stephen Kodovaru, Des Soares and Shaun Mauiliu) at the AOA ASM in Melbourne,  14 October 2014

The sixth module - "Orthopaedic Tumours" was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 29 September to 8 October 2014. Click here to read a report on the sixth module.
 
 


Trainees From L to R : George Kabwere (Solomon Is), Kabiri Tun Itaka(Kiribati), Stephen Kodovaru(Solomon Is), Alex Munamua(Solomon Is) and Shaun Mauiliu (Samoa)
 
 
 

 
Staff and students at Module 6.  From L to R: Kabiri Itaka, David Ardern (NZ), Shaun Mauiliu, Pauli Hitchen (Aust), Eka Wiratnaya (Indonesia), George Kabwere, Vaughan Poutawera (NZ), Alex Munamua, Stephen Kodovaru, Des Soares (Aust), Patrick Houasia (Solomon Is)
 
 
 
The fifth module - "Paediatric Orthopaedics" was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 9 June to 18 June 2014. Click here to read a report on the fifth module.
   
 
Back row: L to R      Stephen Kodovaru, Alex Munamua, Kabiri Itaka, George Kabwere
Front row: L to R     Peter Cundy, Maxime Cote, Kate Stannage, Nicole Williams, Des Soares
 
 
       
 
  
 Dr. Peter Cundy (Adelaide) with trainees Kabiri Itaka (Kiribati) and Alex Munamua (Solomon Islands)
 
 
 
 
 

PIOA welcomes our newest trainee, Dr. Kabiri Itaka from Kiribati. 
Dr Itaka is one of only two surgeons in his nation serving a population of approximately 100,000 people. To date any orthopaedic trauma in Kiribati is held over for formal management by a visiting team from Brisbane that comes only once a year. Dr. Itaka will now be able to take a much more active role in managing his injured.patients.

The fourth module - "Orthopaedic trauma" was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands from 3 February to 12 February 2014. Click here to read a report on the fourth module.
 

 
The third module - "Hip" was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands from 13 October to 22 October 2013. Click here to read a report on the third module.
 

PIOA trainees from L to R: Shaun Mauiliu, Stephen Kodovaru, George Kabwere, Alex Munamua. 
Practicing applying an external fixator to a fractured pelvis (synthetic bones)
Plaster technician Philip is  in the background.
 
 
PIOA trainees Stephen Kodovaru and Alex Munamua presented scientific papers at the Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting in Darwin on 9 October 2013. Dr Patrick Houasia also presented a report on the first two modules and the positive effect the PIOA training program was having not just on the orthopaedic department but also on the rest of the hospital.


Stephen Kodavaru, Alex Munamua and John North at the AOA ASM in Darwin.


The second module - "Infection, Inflammatory conditions and Professional topics" was  held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara from 3 June to 13 June 2013. Click here to see a report on the Second Module
 
 

 

PIOA reaches agreement with The International College of Surgeons on accreditation for PIOA graduates. (.....read more)


The first module - "Introduction to orthopaedics" was held at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara from 11 February to 23 February 2013. Click here to see a report on the Introductory Module




PIOA signs training agreement with Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Solomon Islands Government (.....read more) November 2012
 
Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA) welcomes PIOA members (...... read more )