Speaking up for Australian orthopaedic patients

As the representative body of 98 per cent of Australian orthopaedic surgeons, it is AOA’s responsibility to collaborate and foster strong relationships with the community, the healthcare industry, and government to ensure that every decision relating to musculoskeletal health – from direct provision of care to the development and implementation of regulation – is made with the considered input of Australia’s orthopaedic surgeons and researchers.

Our advocacy efforts are driven by expert panels and committees that advise state and federal governments on legal and regulatory development, produce position statements that promote clear, evidence-based advice, and contribute to media releases that provide clarification regarding topical issues.

Advocacy is a core strategy in AOA's Strategic Plan 2019–2021

Internally and externally, our engagement initiatives help develop a professional community that is better connected with the broader Australian community. This includes creating and strengthening relationships with communities and organisations throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular focus on humanitarian initiatives.

While continuing to provide strong support and services to all of our members, we also promote diversity and equal opportunity, and aim to nurture relationships with our younger members and the Australian public.

For a list of AOA's recent media releases, position statements and submissions, visit the advocacy page.