Hunter Orthopaedic Society

Annual Scientific Meeting 2022

Back in person!

After 2 years in pandemic-related stasis, we are now live! Please join us in the city of Newcastle for the annual scientific meeting of the Hunter Orthopaedic Society.

Orthopaedics in the Hunter has been established for 99 years. This year we are holding the meeting on the 19th of November at the Royal Newcastle Centre lecture theatre with dinner at Newcastle Town Hall.

As always, we expect a high quality scientific program and a collegiate atmosphere.

Dates of importance

01.11- Abstracts close

11.11- Registration Closes

18.11 (Friday)

9:00 Hunter Trial Exam for NSW AOA SET registrars at Royal Newcastle Centre

12:00 Lunch in the Royal Newcastle Centre Boardroom

13:00 Gordon Kerridge Oration by Professor Bill Cumming

18:30 Social night at Queens Wharf Brewery

19.11 (Saturday)

7:45 Registration for Meeting

8:00 -16:00 Annual Scientific Meeting at the Royal Newcastle Centre Lecture Room

18:30 Dinner at Newcastle Town HallCocktail attire



The international guest speaker for this years congress is Professor Rick Buckley. Many of us would have read his name on the front cover of some classic orthopaedic books, with Rick being the current editor of Hoppenfeld Orthopaedic Approaches and the AO Principles of Fracture Management. He has taught at over 100 AO courses, given several hundred guest lectures and mentored nearly 100 fellows at the Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Alberta. His research output has been both of quantity and high quality, being one of the founding member of the Canadian Orthopaedic Trauma Society (COTS), responsible for some of the most influential papers in surgery. He will be talking on a range of topics, from technology in training to the importance of collegiality and collaboration.


The Scientific congress will be held on Saturday the 19th of November. Afterwards, the gala dinner will be hosted at Newcastle City Hall with Professor Bill Cummings and Dr Ric Charlesworth as guest speakers.



Ric Charlesworth is widely regarded as Australia’s greatest ever sporting coach with his success with both the Australia’s Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams. This included many Olympic Gold Medals and World Championships. 

During his playing days he was regarded as the world’s best hockey player and captain of the Australian Hockey Team.

He also captained the Western Australian Cricket Team, was a Politician and a Medical Doctor.

Ric wall talk about teamwork, resilience and success.  


A clinical trial exam will be held on Friday the 18th of November. This will involve AOA training registrars from both Sydney and Newcastle. All consultant orthopaedic surgeons are welcome to attend and examine.

Following this, the annual Gordon Kerridge Oration will follow. This will be given by long time friend and former AOA President Professor Bill Cummings.



Professor Bill Cumming spent six years at the Royal Newcastle Hospital before returning to Sydney to gain his FRACS in 1959. He was the first entirely Australian-trained orthopaedic surgeon. Bill built and administered the first extensive psychomotor skills laboratory in the world in Sydney, in the 1970s. His major life orthopaedic interest has been in training those in the developing world. He founded Orthopaedic Outreach in his office in 1970 when he first visited Indonesia, subsequently initiating training programs in Fiji in 1983, and PNG in 1993. Bill has visited Indonesia more than 100 times and is a Permanent Visiting Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Professor Cumming was president of the Australian Orthopaedic Association in 1993 and was awarded the AM in the order of Australia in 1998. He will speak about his career in orthopaedics and the legacy of Dr Gordon Kerridge at the Friday Oration, in addition to speaking at the black tie dinner.

Professor Bill Cummings AM
Dr Gordon Kerridge AM

Friday night casual drinks

The traditional Friday night event will be held at the iconic Queens Wharf Hotel, which was built on reclaimed land into the busy port of Newcastle and opened by the late Queen Elizabeth in 1988.