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

2021
M J Gillespie
       

 
2001
M J P Fogarty

2005
J M Harrison

2009
J C Batten

2013
J W Owen

2017
I Incoll

         
2002
D McNicol

2006
J M Sikorski

2010
I C Dickinson

2014

P F M Choong

2018
L Malisano

2003
M C Tiller

2007
J E Harris

2011
H W B Cumberland

2015
J C Tuffley

2019
D K Martin

         
2004
K Wilding

2008
J B North

2012
G E Mercer

2016
A H Loefler

2020
A M Ellis             


 
1981
J S Roarty 

1985
J L C Lahz

1989
F B Webb

1993
F J Harvey

1997
J H Rush

         
1982
M B Menelaus

1986
E H Bates

1990
N L Thomson

1994
W J Cumming

1998
I B McPhee

1983
T J Claffey

1987
B D Shepherd

1991
K F King

1995
D J Marshall

1999
J A L Hart

         
1984
W N Gilmour

1988
B J Dooley

1992
D C Davidson

1996
J S Harbison

2000
R J Bauze


 
1961
R McKellar-Hall 

1965
W A Hugh Smith 

1969
H C Barry 

1973
C M Maxwell

1978
K R Daymond

         
1962
F H McCallow

1966
A L Dawkins

1970
H C Barry

1974
W S L Stening

1979
G Kerridge

1963
B T Keon-Cohen

1967
R L Stephen

1971
W D Sturrock

1976
P F Williams

1980
G R Anderson

1964
Sir Douglas Parker

1968
J M J Jens

1972
A F McSweeny

1977
Sir George Bedbrook

 

1938
E B M Vance

1945
A V Meehan

1949
D J Glissan

1953
L G Teece

1957
A R Hamilton

         
1939
E B M Vance

1946
A V Meehan

1950
D J Glissan

1954
L G Teece

1958
J B Colquhoun

         
1940
L O Betts

1947
J W Van R Hoets

1951
E F West

1955
T King

1959
J R S Lahz

         
1941
L O Betts

1948
J W Van R Hoets

1952
E F West

1956
T King

1960
W L Macdonald