COVID-19: AOA preparations

4 March 2020

The AOA COVID-19 Risk Management Committee has been formed to monitor and respond to the impact of the virus on our members and activities.

We are already engaging with groups throughout the health sector and beyond to inform our response. This includes peer bodies, industry groups and event-related companies. We’ll also be closely monitoring advice from federal and state government groups, including the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

There may be some disruption to much of AOA’s work. Events and committee meetings in particular may require careful management, as will many of the activities that punctuate our training calendar. With care and foresight, however, we know that AOA and its members have the resilience and agility to navigate such circumstances without compromising our standards.


Andrew Ellis
AOA President

We encourage all of our members to reach out should there be any way in which AOA’s governing groups and staff might assist.

Most importantly, we must all take care of ourselves and those around us. Act with care, particularly in relation to travel requirements and face-to-face group activities, and follow the advice of reputable bodies. I know that the Australian orthopaedic community will, as always, demonstrate the collegiate and supportive spirit through which we find strength, and that we can rely on the broader community to care for and support each other throughout these challenging times.