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Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery provides a comprehensive orthopaedic service to the community and the teaching of medical students at Flinders University.

The department has been a major clinical service at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) since its commencement in 1976.

We would like to welcome you to our department and hope you enjoy the facilities that we have to offer.

Professor Rudi Jaarsma
Senior Clinical Director Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN)



The Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery has a long history of research and continues to be actively involved in clinical research in all specialities. We have developed collaborations with other areas of Flinders University including biomechanical engineering, physiotherapy, infectious diseases, radiology, anatomy and pathology.

For research interests and publications, refer to the staff member's individual profile pages via our staff page.


Orthopaedic specialities

Trauma surgery

The department plays a major role in the management of trauma at FMC, the trauma centre for the southern region of Adelaide which services a population of about 600,000 people.

There are about 2500 admissions per year and the outpatient clinic for trauma services sees about 12,000 patients per year.

FMC has a helicopter retrieval service for multiple trauma patients from country areas.

We participate in daily trauma management meetings and education sessions. The department also provides clinical, operative and research trauma fellowships.


Arthroplasty surgery

The Repatriation General Hospital (RGH) provides a state-of-the-art management of the complete patient journey for patients with arthritis of the hip and knee.

This management includes review of all referred patients, conservative treatment education and prioritisation of patients who have undergone arthroplasty surgery.

RGH is also at the coal face of providing mobile assessment clinics for the management of patients with arthritis, to maximise treatment options for patients close to their home.

RGH remains the largest provider of arthroplasty services in the public sector in South Australia. Ongoing audit and reviews of current practices keeps this service at the forefront of arthroplasty management in Australia. 

Fellowships are provided in arthroplasty and trauma.


Hand and upper limb surgery

The director of the Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Limb Service is Professor Greg Bain.

The department has about 1200 acute upper limb admissions to the hospital and the clinic has about 2000 outpatient attendances each year.

The clinics have a multidisciplinary approach with the presence of an occupational therapist and physiotherapist.

We have a comprehensive shoulder and elbow service, also conducted at the RGH.

Our active research program is led by a clinical upper limb fellow who is accredited by the Australian Orthopaedic Association.


Paediatric-orthopaedic surgery

The paediatric–orthopaedic clinic is led by a strong partnership between FMC and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH).

It has been supported by Dr Bruce Foster from the WCH and Professor Rudi Jaarsma at FMC.



The department has a strong liaison with the Department of Rehabilitation, Aged and Extended Care. We have established regular ward rounds with the geriatricians to provide co-ordinated management of patients on the Orthopaedic Unit.

Sports medicine

Sports medicine clinics are run weekly at the Repatriation General Hospital in conjunction with a sports physician.

The service concentrates mainly on arthroscopic surgery of the knee, ankle and shoulder and there is a relatively high volume of arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions.


Foot and ankle surgery

The foot and ankle service is provided by Dr Christopher Brown and Dr Peter Stavrou. The service includes outpatients and elective surgical lists currently held at the Repatriation General Hospital. 

Foot and ankle trauma is also serviced at FMC and covers all areas of foot and ankle surgery and is supported by a clinical fellow.


Sarcoma & Bone Tumour Unit

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Luke Johnson directs and manages complex musculoskeletal malignancies. He completed his orthopaedic oncology fellowship at London’s Stanmore Hospital.

Dr Johnson has two weekly multidisciplinary team meetings with the oncologists at Flinders Medical Centre.