Australian orthopaedic surgeons continue to provide influence in Indonesia, largely through the relationships established by professors Bill Cumming and Youssef (Joe) Ghabrial over 25 years. The progress made in Indonesia over the decades clearly demonstrates what can be achieved with the ongoing support of Orthopaedic Outreach. These two men have forged a strong bond with key leaders within the Indonesian Orthopaedic Association, and are regularly invited to present at key scientific meetings and oversee local trainee examinations. In 2014, inaugural combined Continuing Orthopaedic Education meeting between the IOA and AOA drew 500 Indonesian registrants and 90 Australians. This meeting was held in Nusa Dua and was the result of many years collaboration between Prof Joe Ghabrial, Bill Cumming and senior Indonesian Orthopaedic surgeons, with the Australian Knee Society providing valuable faculty support.
In recognition of their long standing contributions, Prof Ghabrial & Cumming received the Sultan Hasanuddin Award – the highest award available through the combined universities of Indonesia for services to the Indonesian nation.
At the request of the Indonesians, Orthopaedic Outreach coordinate two seminars annually. These are attended by the junior consultants as well as the senior trainees, and focus primarily on trauma (led by Dr Ben Jeffcote) and another sub-specialty as nominated by local surgeons. This year was a symposium on hand surgery, led by Dr Des Soares.
The Indonesian Orthopaedic Association regularly invites International Orthopaedic Examiners to assist with the delivery of their end of training examinations. For many years Profs Bill Cumming and Joe Ghabrial have been the backbone of the program, with assistance of Prof David Sonnabend. This year, Assoc Prof G J Gumley and Dr K R Woods took an active part in the examinations and were invited to contribute to the further development of their program.