Becoming an AOA Trainee

2018 Successful Applicants

The AOA Selection Committee has selected the following applicants on to the AOA 21 training program for 2018. Successful candidates are listed below in alphabetical order, by surname. Congratulations to all successful candidates!

New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory


Justin Bobyn
James Sant


Gobind Bal
Jeremy Bellemore
Syed Bokhari
Stephen Douglas
David Dyer
Moussat Farhat
Cameron Handford
Johanna Viktoria Leon
Joel Steiner
Michael Strong


Jon Anderson
Elliott D'Costa
Tyler Mow
Peter Taylor


Drew Armit
James Coolican
Aidan Cleary
Matthew Donaldson
Bradley Gilpin
Richard Hannan
Graham Irvin
John Kinyanjui
Nicholas Whitworth


Bronwyn Anderson
Varun Arora
Michael Blaser
Jennifer Dharshani Musiienko
Ruchith Dissanayake
Luke Hilliard
Nicholas Maister
Tharsa Thillainadesan

South Australia/ Northern Territory

Nathan Eardley-Harris
Afsana Hasan
Stephanie Lennon
Brent Matthews
Anthony Silva
Mitchell Smith

Western Australia

Nida Awan
Charles Gallagher
Eleanor Houghton
Bob Jang
Samuel Shales
Abayasankar Sundaram
Peter Wong

SET Selection Regulations for 2018 Intake

Regulations for the 2018 SET Intake are now available. To download the Regulations, please click the link below.

Regulations for Selection to Surgical Education and Training in Orthopaedic Surgery for 2018

Please be advised that the Selection Regulations change on an annual basis. It is imperative that applicants read the Regulations as well as supporting documentation in detail. Incomplete or incorrect applications may result in ineligibility or failure to progress through the Selection process.

If you have any questions regarding the 2018 Regulations, please check our Frequently Asked Questions.

How to Apply to the Surgical & Education Training (SET) Program

Application to the SET Program is a two-stage process:

1.  Registration with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

RACS assesses each registrant against generic eligibility requirements which are common across all surgical specialties. Information on registration can be found on the RACS website.

2.  Apply to the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA)

AOA SET Selection applications for the 2018 intake are now closed.

Overview of Selection Dates

SET Selection Enquiries

All enquiries must be sent in writing to

Only enquiries lodged through this email address will be accepted. Phone enquiries will not be accepted.