In 2012, Orthopaedic Outreach supported in twenty seven team visits throughout South east Asia & the Pacific, covering Cambodia, East Timor, Fiji – Lautoka, Labasa & Suva, Indonesia – Bali, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and Vietnam delivering both educational support and training as well as the provision of an orthopaedic surgical service where local resources and appropriately trained surgeons are lacking.
Orthopaedic Outreach team members also participated in team visits to Kiribati, Papua New Guinea & Vanuatu, utilising primary funding from alternate sources, including those from AusAID funded Pacific Islands Program.
The philosophy of Orthopaedic Outreach is that of ‘teaching a man to fish,’ and as such wherever possible takes a long term view towards encouraging local self-sustainable models. Training surgeons to have an increasing appreciation for care of the orthopaedic patient is becoming increasing important with a decline in critical mass across the Pacific. In contrast, specific training programs for orthopaedic surgery are continuing to expand throughout Bali & Indonesia in association with the Indonesian Orthopaedic Association.