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General Practitioner Education Evening – Paediatric Orthopaedics

Dr Philip Brook - Orthopaedics SA
General Practitioner Evening - Orthopaedics SA

Last month, Orthopaedics SA welcomed more than thirty general practitioners and paediatric specialists to an OSA Education evening focussing on Paediatric Orthopaedics. The event was an opportunity to hear from our Orthopaedic specialists, Associate Professor Peter Cundy, Dr Nicole Williams and Dr David Hermann.

The highly regarded, Associate Professor Peter Cundy who currently heads the Department of Orthopaedics at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, shared his knowledge on diagnosis and treatment of Paediatric Conditions, particularly:
• Growth Plate Considerations & Fractures
• Forearm Fractures
• Synthetic and Plaster of Paris for Paediatric Forearm Fractures
• SCFE – Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
• Scoliosis – Diagnosis and Treatment

The presentation investigated a number of Case studies that Associate Professor Cundy had personally been involved in over the last decade.
A particular case examined the impact of the increase in BMI of young patients resultant issues with SCFE. Put simply, Associate Professor Cundy referred to SCFE surgery as ‘like the scoop of ice cream has fallen from the cone and we have to join it back together using a chocolate stick’.

Associate Professor Cundy was supported on the evening by two Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr Nicole Williams and Dr David Hermann.
Dr Nicole Williams provided a presentation on the importance of early diagnosis of hip dysplasia in children. Her passion for the research was evident.

Dr Williams highlighted the research with a notable ‘increase in the late diagnosis of DDH in small children in South Australia’.
According to Dr Williams, there has been a number of contributing factors but perhaps surprisingly, one of contributing factors is the incorrect swaddling of infants. Dr Williams provided the registrants with the appropriate ways to test and diagnose DDH, including the education of new mothers.

The event aimed to provide General Practitioners with key learning outcomes imperative to the diagnosis and treatment of Paediatric conditions:
1. Condition assessment and diagnosis of paediatric conditions
2. Immediate treatment, when to refer and when to delay
4. How to manage the condition in the meantime
5. How to manage the condition following treatment

The event was also an opportunity to hear from Dr David Hermann and his experiences diagnosing and treating paediatric and teenage sports injuries.

Dr Hermann covered a range of common orthopaedic injuries (other than fractures). His presentation examined the following: Shoulder Instability, SLAP and Rotator Cuff, Lateral Clavicle fractures, ACL Rupture, other Ligaments, Patellofemoral Instability, Meniscal Tear and Ankle Sprains.

The event also included an informative and interactive workshop on plastering and casting of the forearm.

A sincere thank you to ACHA for their support of this event and their commitment to educating General Practitioners in South Australia. A particular thank you to Hither and Yon wines for once again supporting the evening with their wines.

If you would like to register for future General Practitioner events, please contact Sarah Davies, Marketing Manager, Orthopaedics SA on (08) 8267 8220 or email