AOA History


A brief history of AOA

In 1936, two orthopaedic surgeons, Edmund Vance and Alexander Hamilton, conceived the idea of a specialty group for Australian members of their profession.

A series of meetings with eight other surgeons followed over the next six months and at a meeting on 27 April 1937, fifteen orthopaedic surgeons were declared Foundation Members of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. At this inaugural meeting Edmund Vance was elected President, Alexander Hamilton was elected Secretary and a constitution was adopted.

Membership of the new association was restricted to the very few who practised orthopaedic surgery exclusively. This caused some controversy in the early years of the association 'as it meant that some surgeons, whose private practice was confined to orthopaedic surgery were debarred from full membership because of the terms of their appointments to public hospitals, where they were constrained to do some general surgery' (Orthopaedics in Australia,  H M Barry).

The first Annual General Meeting was held on 21 March 1938. At the end of the meeting scientific papers were presented to the group and so the first Annual Scientific Meeting was held. This began the association's tradition of holding the ASM at the same time as the AGM.

In 1946, steps were taken to establish regional committees and in 1964, discussion groups and specialist bodies began to form within the umbrella of the AOA.

In 1971 the association was granted arms by the Earl Marshall under the authority of the Kings of Arms. The official arms and the Royal Charter of the Association now hang in AOA's Head Office in Sydney.

With the growth of the association, space was purchased in the William Bland Centre at 229 Macquarie Street in 1977 (with the purchase of an additional lot on the same floor in 1981), to house the AOA Secretariat. In December 2003, these rooms were refurbished and Head Office returned here from premises in Culwalla Chambers where it had been since 1992. In 2010, due to growing staff numbers, the Association sold the Macquarie Street premises and moved to modern offices at 45 Clarence Street.


Find out more about the history of orthopaedics in Australia

Orthopaedics in Australia, H M Barry

A detailed history of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and of orthopaedics in Australia can be found in Orthopaedics in Australia by H M Barry (published by the Australian Orthopaedic Association in 1983).
 

A History of Orthopaedics in Australia, 1980–2016, Catherine Retter

This text complement's Hugh Barry's Book, documenting the history of the specialty from the early 1980s to 2016.
Read more about the book or order your copy here.

AOA Presidents

 

1938
E B M Vance


1960
W L Macdonald


1980
G R Anderson


2000
R J Bauze


1939
E B M Vance


1961
R McKellar-Hall


1981
J S Roarty


2001
M J P Fogarty


1940
L O Betts


1962
F H McCallow


1982
M B Menelaus


2002
D McNicol


1941
L O Betts


1963
B T Keon-Cohen


1983
T J Claffey


2003
M C Tiller


1945
A V Meehan


1964
Sir Douglas Parker


1984
W N Gilmour


2004
K Wilding


1946
A V Meehan


1965
W A Hugh Smith


1985
J L C Lahz


2005
J M Harrison


1947
J W Van R Hoets


1966
A L Dawkins


1986
E H Bates


2006
J M Sikorski


1948
J W Van R Hoets


1967
R L Stephen


1987
B D Shepherd


2007
J E Harris


1949
D J Glissan


1968
J M J Jens


1988
B J Dooley


2008
J B North


1950
D J Glissan


1969
H C Barry


1989
F B Webb


2009
J C Batten


1951
E F West


1970
H C Barry


1990
N L Thomson


2010
I C Dickinson


1952
E F West


1971
W D Sturrock


1991
K F King


2011
H W B Cumberland


1953
L G Teece


1972
A F McSweeny


1992
D C Davidson


2012
G E Mercer


1954
L G Teece


1973
C M Maxwell


1993
F J Harvey


2013
J W Owen


1955
T King


1974
W S L Stening


1994
W J Cumming


2014

P F M Choong


1956
T King


1975
W J Betts


1995
D J Marshall


2015
J C Tuffley

1957
A R Hamilton


1976
P F Williams


1996
J S Harbison


2016
A H Loefler

1958
J B Colquhoun


1977
Sir George Bedbrook


1997
J H Rush



1959
J R S Lahz


1978
K R Daymond


1998
I B McPhee


 

1979
G Kerridge


1999
J A L Hart