School of Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery: Fremantle Hospital

Further information



Postal address

School of Surgery (M704)
Orthopaedic Surgery
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Western Australia 6009

The Orthopaedic Surgery Unit at Fremantle Hospital is committed to delivering teaching, research and service within the South Metropolitan Area Health Service.

It is led by Professor Piers Yates.


The clinical service is supported by research that seeks to improve outcomes by rigorous evaluation of surgical techniques and prostheses. Professor Yates collaborates with Winthrop Professor David Wood and others in the international orthopaedic community.


Professor Yates is academic co-ordinator of the teaching of Orthopaedics within the curriculum of the Faculty‚Äôs Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery undergraduate degree.

During Year 4, all medical students enrol in Musculoskeletal Disorders, one of two modules within IMED4491 and IMED4492. This module is taught jointly by orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists and endocrinologists with contributions from the School of Anatomy and Human Biology. The module includes a lecture program of common orthopaedic and traumatic conditions, covered by region.

Demonstrations of anatomical specimens and clinical examination of patients are provided and audiovisual teaching aids are available. Teaching of rheumatological conditions and lectures on metabolic bone disease are included.

Students develop clinical skills by attendance at clinics and small group tutorials.