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Orthopaedic Introduction

Mission Statement

The Orthopaedic and Trauma Service is committed to delivering the highest standards of patient care in orthopaedics, orthopaedic trauma, rheumatology and rehabilitation. The Service has a strong commitment to best evidenced clinical practice, research, teaching and continuing education, and conducts regular peer reviews and clinical audits. These activities are facilitated by a close collaboration and inter-relationship with the University of Adelaide's Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma and with other collaborators. This encourages continuous improvements in clinical management.


The Orthopaedic and Trauma Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital bases its activities around three core functions; the provision of a comprehensive range of quality clinical services, the integration of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching within its clinical program, and basic and clinical research which compliment and seek to improve upon the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems and trauma. The Service consists of the Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma and the Rheumatology Unit, and is both a state and interstate referral centre. Due to the contribution of its members, a number of whom are recognized as leaders in their respective disciplines, the Service continues to be recognized as a centre of excellence at state, national and international levels. The Service also has administrative responsibility for RAH Transitional and Community Services.

The department of Orthopaedics and Trauma provides a number of sub-specialty elective services as well as elective general orthopaedics, which are critical in attracting specialist consultants to the Department.
Sub-specialty services offered include:

  • joint replacement surgery
  • spinal surgery
  • hand and upper limb surgery
  • orthopaedic trauma surgery
  • musculoskeletal tumour surgery
  • foot and ankle surgery
  • sports injuries.

In turn, this allows the Department to provide the major Level 1 trauma service for South Australia and beyond.

The Rheumatology Unit provides important subspecialty and general services, and works with the ortho-geriatric services as a key contributor to a comprehensive program for management of fractures in the elderly.

Transitional and Community Care Services encompasses four areas: Transitional Care programs, Community Liaison, Hospital in the Home and Chronic Disease Management. The collective aim of the team is to improve continuity of patient care by linking the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the community.

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