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AOA Conference Report
Darwin, Australia, October 6 to October 9, 2013

By Dr Alex Bradley Munamua

What did I learn during Darwin Conference?

Going to the Darwin AOA Conference has brought about new experiences and greater in depth knowledge in the field of Medicine; Orthopaedics.

So what did I learn?

Coming to a conference and presenting in front of great Orthopaedic Surgeons was by far a great feeling trying to link with my audience with the topic at hand.

Slowing down; this was a concept taught by Dr Carol Anne from Canada on how to train an expert to know when to slow down or identify when they need help.

So much I learned in the topics of Trauma, Sports Knee and also in the field of Infection Control of which are also being taught in our training modules.

How will the things I learn change the way I practice Orthopedics in the Solomon Islands?

Non-technical skills as I mentioned in the report I gave after module 2 has been reinforced further and has put me in a more comfortable seat. Caring for your patient is more than just treating them and telling them that you know what is best for them.

Do and review is by far the only way one can treat appropriately a patient with results from investigation results ordered.

Having an updated data on work done in the department is very useful for research in the future.

What do I want to learn in the future?

For me I feel that I want to learn the basics of Arthroscopy especially the equipment and the principles of how to care for the machine and how to look after the arthroscopy machines.

I would like to learn how to do an open ACL reconstruction and Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction using both patella bone tendon bone and hamstring tendon.

Musculoskeletal ultrasonography skills is still a must need for me and I am hoping to learn it soon. Most of the things to learn I understand will now be in the training modules to come.

© November 2013, Dr Alex Bradley Munamua