The professional body for Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Zealand "Promoting excellence in patient care and advocating for the needs of patients with Orthopaedic conditions".
The association has been in existence ever since and has grown in structure and stature.
One of the issues of concern then was the number of orthopaedic surgeons in smaller areas and these remain today. To provide a quality cover three surgeons is the bare minimum.
One of the most important initiatives that the Association has been responsible for is working with the College (RACS) to develop the orthopaedic training scheme. Training undertaken over five years for 10 trainees a year, giving a cohort of 50 trainee orthopaedic surgeons, has developed an excellent reputation where positions are keenly sought.