2021 VIC Branch ASM

  • When: 19–21 February 2021
  • Where: Mantra, Lorne, VIC

VIC/TAS Branch Winter Welcome 2021

  • When: 30 July 2021
  • Where: Melbourne Museum

For other meeting dates please consult the AOA Calendar.


VORT grant applications have closed for 2020.

Details regarding VORT Grants for 2021 will be posted here in April 2021.

Any queries can be sent to

The late Professor John Hart, a highly-esteemed and visionary Victorian orthopaedic surgeon, established the Victorian Orthopaedic Research Trust (VORT) in 1998, the year he was elected as AOA President.

His original vision for VORT was to support ‘at the grassroots’ young Victorian researchers.

What research does VORT support?

VORT grants are particularly intended to support opportunities for applicants to develop research capability and engagement early in their careers.

VORT grants may be provided for: 

  • laboratory or clinical basic science orthopaedic-related research
  • preventative options, new treatments, screening and diagnostic techniques - or quality of life studies (PROMS)
  • bio-mechanical research into orthopaedic implants, molecular biology and/or anatomical studies
  • applied science studies including pain management and operative intervention trials

Prospective controlled trials take precedence over retrospective reviews. 

Applying for a VORT grant

Applicants are required to:

  • Provide a proposed research aim and explain the potential significance of the research project
  • Clearly outline the proposed methodology
  • Provide a detailed budget, including information on financial support from other sources
  • Advise if the project has been granted ethics approval.

Successful grant recipients will be required to provide research progress reports and to present their work upon its completion. 

The VORT Grant Acceptance Form can be viewed here. It outlines the obligations of VORT Grant recipients.

Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from mentors or someone experienced in the field of the research project before submitting an application.

VORT encourages newcomers to be involved in research, and if requested, will endeavour to help applicants find suitable mentors or advisors in the field.

Application timeline

Monday June 22: Grant applications open

Friday August 7: Closing date for applications – 9pm AEST

August/September: Grant applications will be assessed and scored by the VORT Research Committee

Late September
: VORT Trustees meet to consider recommendation/s for a grant award from the VORT Research Committee

Early October
: Successful/unsuccessful grant recipients notified

Criteria for Assessing VORT Applications

VORT applications are assessed by the Research Committee against the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Quality of the Application
  • Methodology
  • Feasibility
  • Translation/Potential Clinical Impact
  • Cost
The VORT Board of Trustees has responsibility for the organisational and financial management of the Trust, its funds and investments.

The VORT Board currently comprises:

Miron Goldwasser, Chair
Raphael Hau
Avanthi Mandaleson
Nick Maister (AORA Representative)
Richard Page
Phong Tran

The VORT Research Committee assesses and scores Grant applications. It provides its recommendations to the VORT Board for its consideration and approval.

Currently the VORT Research Committee comprises:

Peter Choong, Chair
Richard De Steiger
Marinis Pirpiris
Gerald Quan
Martin Richardson
James Stoney

For further information, please contact

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Adrian Trivett

Ordinary Member

Chris Jones

Ordinary Member and AMA Victoria Representative

Branch enquiries:
VIC Branch Executive Officer
Kimberley Heinrich
T  0412 512 455
F  02 8071 8002

Training queries:
VIC/TAS Regional Training Manager
Leanne Doyle
M 0488 080 919

Co-opted Members

Jason Harvey

        VTRTC Representative

Stephen Doig

Government Sub-Committee Representative
WorkSafe Representative
TAC Representative

Ric Angliss

Rural Surgeons Representative

David Love

RACS Victoria Representative

Marinis Pirpiris

Continuing Professional Development Representative
AOA Code of Conduct Review Representative

Anna Manopolous

ASOS Representative

Avanthi Mandaleson

VASM Representative and OWL Representative

Rob Pianta

Champion of Change Representative