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
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
Do and review is by far the only way one can treat
appropriately a patient with results from investigation results
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
© November 2013, Dr Alex Bradley Munamua