Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Award


The OWL Committee, Champions of Change and Cultural Inclusion working groups are proud to present a new addition to AOA's honours and awards: the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Award. The first DEI Award will be presented at the 2023 ASM, held in November, in Melbourne. 

The AOA DEI Award recognises individual members or a group of members who have made an outstanding contribution to supporting diversity and fostering equity and inclusion within the AOA membership and the wider community.

This award embodies AOA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, which is underpinned by our Diversity Strategic Plan 2018–2023 and the Culture, Diversity and Inclusion core strategic pillar within the AOA Strategic Plan 2022–2024.

Nominations for the 2023 AOA DEI Award are due by 31 July.


AOA Strategic Plan 2022–2024


The AOA DEI Award recognises members whose contributions to diversity and inclusion are beyond the regular scope of their positions.


Nominations should have a focus on one or more of the following themes:

  1. Environment and culture
    Initiatives that support equity, inclusion and diversity at AOA to the benefit of orthopaedic community and its working and learning environments.
  2. Community
    Engagement with the wider community to foster inclusion or support for under-represented, disadvantaged, or marginalised groups.
  3. Education 
    Developing teaching practice or other initiatives that foster inclusion for a diverse range of emerging or current AOA trainees.


Nominations should align with one or more of our diversity, equity and inclusion priority areas:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Diverse genders, sexes and sexualities
  • Disability, or ongoing medical or mental health conditions
  • Gender equity
  • Another facet of diversity and inclusion not listed above, highlighted as part of the nomination.


Nominations should address each of the following:

Describe the achievements of the nominated individual member or team of members and how the relevant activity, program or initiative had the intended reach in promoting and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the AOA membership, orthopaedics and beyond.

Describe the positive impact the nominee achieved and the extent their contributions benefitted the AOA membership and broader community.


AOA DEI award nominations must:

  • nominate a fellow (financial) of AOA
  • be submitted by a fellow (financial) of AOA
  • be seconded by a fellow (financial) of AOA
  • be made in writing on the relevant AOA nomination form
  • be accompanied by a brief supporting letter outlining the reasons for the nomination and covering the award criteria in full.


Please contact cdi@aoa.org.au for questions specific to this DEI Award.

To complete the nomination, follow the Honour and Awards process as indicated on the AOA Honours and Awards Webpage.

Nominations for the 2023 AOA DEI Award are due by 31 July.