Research is a key pillar of AOA’s strategic goals and will pave the way for evidence-based clinical practice. As the peak body for orthopaedics, stewardship of a limited financial resource is our responsibility. Harnessing the drive for discovery and facilitating collaborations that will achieve this is a major goal of AOA.

To achieve this, AOA’s Research Strategic Plan relies rely heavily on the themes of collaboration, multi-disciplinarity, networking, research champions acting as lighthouses, early career mentorship, community need and advocacy, and fundraising.

AOA has brought together the National Orthopaedic Academic Departments (NOADs) who are closely linked by the activities of a national research officer with logistic support from the national office. Linking the activities of the NOADs with other orthopaedic groups and individuals will create a robust environment from which orthopaedic-led research can prosper and grow.

Together with the other pillars of our profession – namely training, clinical practice and governance – we will see AOA lead through translating research into evidence-based practice to drive clinical improvement and policy change.

For any enquiries relating to AOA’s research activities, please contact Membership Portfolio Manager Susie Obeid at