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Previous Professional Development Days


On Friday May 13th 2016


The Boulevard Centre, Floreat

ONAWA presented the

Something Old, Something New in Orthopaedics Professional Development Day


Guest Speakers Included

Orthopaedic Surgeon- A/Prof Gerard Hardisty- New Frontiers in Tendons & Tendon Grafting
Emma Blake –Implications of Regionals- Adductor Canal Block
Dr Adrian Cois – A Curious Case of Bones, Metal and Biofilms
Judith McDowall- Enhanced Recovery Knee Program –The Old and the New
Dr Meg Ritchie- The Diabetic Patient in the Peri-operative Period
Sandy Daniels and Sam Jenaway Challenges ofThird World Countries
Linda Thomas - DonateLife WA-Organ and Tissue Donation
Sheryl Thyne- Troubleshooting Casts
Wendy Duperouzel- Troubleshooting Traction



Download a Timetable for the day HERE




On 29th May 2015 ONAWA presented our Orthopaedic Challenges Study Day

This proved to be a very popular study day with 56 delegates attending. The day began with orthopaedic enthusiast Dr Grant Kinston presenting on Compartment Syndrome. One of the orthopaedic challenges if identified early can be successfully managed but catastrophic if not identified and treated immediately. The next two presenters covered both spectrums of the age continum. Paediatric Surgeon Dr Kate Stannage presenting on the mangement and the importance of early identification and referral of Hip Dysplagia and Geriatrician Dr Denise Glennon presented on Atypical femoral fractures an adverse complication from long term use of bisphosphonates used in the treatment of osteoporosis. Nurse Practitioner Sharon Pickles presented a number of case studies that looked at challenges of wound management, multiple fractures, osteomyelitis, complex patients, including behavioural issues, relatives and the ongoing demands of the organisation. Su Kitchen, Falls Clincal Nurse Consultant highlighted the challenges on falls prevention and the many strategies implemented to reduce falls and prevent patients from further injuries while an inpatient. Life Member and Nurse Educator Wendy Duperouzel presented on Surgical Implications while Vicki Carter experienced senior physiotherapist discussed the challenges in caring for bariatric patients and the importance of these patients being treated with respect and dignity. Acute Pain Service Clinical Nurse Consultant Trish Clarke provided an overview on providing adequate pain relief in the elderly and the challenges of getting a balance in ensuring pain relief without oversedating or impairing cognition in this vulnerable group of patients. The final presentation by passionate Infectious Disease Consultant Dr Andrew Langlands was stimulaing and informative and show cased the challenges of treating orthopaedic infections. The positive feedback from the evaluation forms reflected the atmosphere on what was a very informative and enjoyable day.

Thank you to all our members and visitors who attended the study day it was great to have it so well supported. A big thank you to our fabulous speakers, our loyal trade and the committee for ensuring the day was a great success.

Thank you also to Roslyn Aspinall for being our photographer for the day.



On Friday 17th May 2013 ONAWA presented the

Spinal Study Day

Guest Speakers Included:
Mr Ed Baddour – Spinal Consultant
Dr Emily Kong – Spinal Fellow
Jillian Swain
Sonja Jennings

Topics will included:
Spinal Injuries – Initial Management
Emerging Spinal Research
Workshops on neck holds and positioning
Cervical Collars
Caring for Your Back – for health professionals






On 15th June 2012 ONAWA presented the

Orthopaedic Trauma Patient Study Day

The day was very well attended by our members who heard from a wide variety of interesting speakers on the day

Guest Speakers Included:

Professor Rene Zellweger (Trauma Orthopaedics RPH)
Dr Sudhakar Rao (Director of Trauma Services RPH)
Sheryl Jonescu (Trauma Case Manager RPH)
Clinton Van Der Westhuyzen (Critical Care Helicopter Paramedic)

Topics included:
Pelvic Fractures, Clinical Psychology in the Trauma Patient, Retrieval and First Aide Care, DVTs/PEs/Fat Embolism, Multi-Trauma Overview, Traumatic Wounds




On 18th November 2011 ONAWA presented the

Upper Limb Study Day

The day was well attended by our members who heard from a wide variety of interesting speakers on the day including

Mr Grant Booth (Orthopaedic Surgeon)

Wendy Duperouzel (Nurse Educator)

Tracey Maguire (Product Specialist)

Mr Alex O'Beirne (Orthopaedic Surgeon)

Professor Rene Zellweger (Trauma Orthopaedic Surgeon)

Matt McClure (Hand Physiotherapist)


Below is a download of the anatomy of a normal upper limb

Anatomy of upper limb



Topics included

Shoulder injuries / surgery, compartment syndrome & monitoring, brachial plexus injuries / surgery, upper limb fractures, hand therapy.




Attendees also participated in workshops including suturing, splinting and plastering


As always the ONAWA was greatly supported at this study day by trade displays for the attendees to visit






On 27th May 2011 ONAWA presented the

Co-Morbidities, Complications and the Orthopaedic Patient
Study Day

The day was well attended by our members who heard from a wide variety of interesting speakers on the day including


Professor Markus Kuster (Head of Orthopaedics)
Dr Denise Glennon (Ortho Geriatric Consultant)
Dr Michael Thompson (Ortho Geriatric Consultant)
Eugenie Nicolandis (Podiatry)
Sue Field (CNC Transfusion)

Topics included

Orthopaedic complications, Osteoporosis, Plantar Fasciitis, Delirium, Wound breakdown and much more




As always the ONAWA was greatly supported at this study day by trade displays for the attendees to visit