Surgeons have the opportunity to gain expertise in clinical, surgical and research aspects through a Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery Fellowship in:

  • Hand/upper limb and trauma;
  • Arthroplasty and trauma;
  • Trauma; or
  • Orthopaedic oncology.

Further specialities such as foot and ankle and sports medicine are available but are not officially offered as fellowships. Experience is gained in these areas on general rotation.

Key points:

  • Fellowships are salaried positions for a period of 12 months.
  • Intakes are in February and August.
  • Each Fellowship offered has trauma included.
  • The Fellow is rostered to the Emergency Orthopaedic Trauma on call.
  • The Fellow will advance to the ‘Senior 2nd on call’ roster where the Fellow supervises junior orthopaedic doctors who are ‘1st on call’:
    • Depending on experience and following a period of about two months of ‘1st on call’; and
    • if deemed a safe and competent surgeon and has come to terms with the hospital procedures and the Australian health system.


Fellowship criteria

Applications consisting a current CV, logbook and two current referee reports may be forwarded to

If accepted as a Fellow, the candidate is required to:

  • Pass the English language requirements
    • If the primary medical degree is from a non-speaking English country, then it is a requirement to sit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic English test and score a band of seven or above in each section.
    • If the primary medical degree is from an approved English speaking country, confirmation of schooling in English is required as well as the primary degree.
  • If successful in obtaining the IELTS the following steps are then required:
    • Apply online to the Australian Medical Council for Primary Source Verification for Short Term Specialist Pathway
    • Provide documentation to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for endorsement, including: AAMC30 form, supervised practice form, CV, two referee reports, all qualifications notarised, statement of return to own country and IELTS results.
      Please note that if the College does not endorse, the Fellow cannot take up the position.
  • Once the RACS approves, the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) Training Medical Officer Unit (TMOU) becomes involved. They will liaise with you about the requirements for registration to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA - the medical board).
  • Finally, if all is in order, AHPRA will ‘Approve in Principal’ your limited registration. Only after this can you apply for the recommended visa to work as a Fellow in SALHN.

More information: Contact Sylvia McAndrew at