PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

David Siew-Kit Choon, President APOA 2016-2018 As I write this article, the first council meeting on 2017 is on the horizon. I have experienced a wonderful year in which I have travelled extensively and met many old friends and made new ones. Thanks to the marvels of modern communications and travel I feel that the pulse of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association is getting stronger and the life blood in its veins is rejuvenating us. The last few years have been particularly exciting for the Association with the infusion of the Federation system pioneered by Dr. David McNicol and ably constructed by my predecessor Dr. Ted Mah. Ted in particular remains a powerhouse who will continue to strengthen and improve the Federation as Chairman of the Federation Committee. Thus far the Association has 16 National Associations in the Federation and this encompasses 34000 new members. The older Chapter system remains strong and will provide a more exclusive environment for members wishing to have independent closer ties.

With this huge growth in our membership comes greater challenges. The APOA Executive, Council and I will need to find more effective ways to engage the membership and to keep you informed and excited about our aims and objectives. I am greatly indebted to an excellent team that has supported me in my pursuits. The Kuala Lumpur secretariat under the stewardship of Dato K S Sivananthan has been building up our ability to communicate with the establishment of an ever increasing database of members and emails. It maintains Chapter membership records and also the links to National Federation members. However, with such large numbers and the separation of time and distance this is a daunting task. I would ask you to help us by pointing out our deficiencies so that we can improve.

Our secretary Dr. Jamal Ashraf is a master of social media, who somehow manages to track everyone through Facebook and other channels. He is indefatigable and miraculously manages to find time to ring key people for a chat. He is perfecting the art of day to day communications with the Executive and Council via the Kuala Lumpur secretariat although he is based in Lucknow, India. He is also the chief architect of the APOA app which is available for Android and IOS. If you have not already downloaded this app, I greatly encourage you to do so. All these technologies represent a new stage for the APOA to display its talents and bring us closer together.

The Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery is on the cusp of a major transformation under the able stewardship of Professor Kenneth Cheung. It is already indexed on Medline/Index Medicus, Science Citation Index Expanded, SCOPUS and Index Copernicus with an impact factor of 0.542. The journal receives a large number of submissions worldwide. By early 2017 we will move from our traditional free access model to open access via SAGE publications. As you know, the open access model will ensure greater visibility of our articles and most likely greater recognition and impact. Ofcourse the downside is that authors will need to subsidise the publications in this model. There is great news for those who are already ready to submit their articles. The APOA will pay for the publication of your accepted articles in the interim period of two years starting next year. So, if you are ready, then submit your masterpiece the moment we go online. Demand is very high and so s the quality of papers we receive.

The Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery is on the cusp of a major transformation under the able stewardship of Professor Kenneth Cheung. It is already indexed on Medline/Index Medicus, Science Citation Index Expanded, SCOPUS and Index Copernicus with an impact factor of 0.542. The journal receives a large number of submissions worldwide. By early 2017 we will move from our traditional free access model to open access via SAGE publications. As you know, the open access model will ensure greater visibility of our articles and most likely greater recognition and impact. Ofcourse the downside is that authors will need to subsidise the publications in this model. There is great news for those who are already ready to submit their articles. The APOA will pay for the publication of your accepted articles in the interim period of two years starting next year. So, if you are ready, then submit your masterpiece the moment we go online. Demand is very high and so s the quality of papers we receive.

The Melbourne meeting was an undoubted success. I feel that there is a great need to build on this to improve on the quality and increase the participation from outside the host nation. A larger multinational body is needed to increase the visibility of the meeting and to implement a truly Asia Pacific feel to all our future meetings. As such the Executive has recommended to Council to expand the composition of the Congress Committee to include one member nominated from each section, chapter and Federation. This Committee will vet future bids for Congress venues and work together with the local organisers to internationalise the look and content and attendance of the meeting. In accordance with our future aims this Committee will function through digital communications. Both the next venues, Turkey and Malaysia have agreed to collaborate with this Committee if it is formed.

Our Association has grown immensely in this century. Whereas it was a smaller and cosy group which served our purpose well in the past, the sections of the Association are themselves almost as large as the original Association and yearning for a place of their own. The association has re-cognised the desire to have a space in which sub specialists can gather to discuss the finer exotic points of their trade. However we in the Executive also recognise that the young are our future and need much support. To this end the Executive has recommended to Council that the Association be allowed to form Specialty Societies under the APOA aegis which will have their own funding and Board. The president of each of these will be the de facto Chairman of the corresponding Section of the Association. Sections will hitherto serve the needs of general orthopaedic surgeons and younger trainees with the assistance of the specialist SocieSocieties. In addition, we are in the process of forming a young surgeons Section to give voice to our future leaders.

A set of resolutions has been sent out to Council after approval by the Executive. Voting on these changes is now underway by a special online poll created and run by our Secretary. I will keep you posted soon about these new developments. As you see, radical changes involving much work are now being mooted. If they are passed I am sure that your Executive has the talent to make it succeed. However, with the assistance of Council members and the general membership these changes will happen faster. Please join us to make our Association a success.

The first port of call in this new model of the APOA is the Trauma and Infection meeting in Putrajaya in 2017. You can find details of this at www. apoatrauma.com. This meeting is a standalone meeting of two sections of the Association. In the past these meetings were organised entirely by the Sectional Chairmen with little support from the central body. The use of a central organiser will improve the consistency of future meetings as 'corporate memory' is engendered and forward planning made possible. Much of our efforts with this meeting has been to set up lines of communication and getting the professional organiser to understand our needs. Lines of payment have also had to be established. Now that the model is established and working the Association should have an easier time for future meetings.

May 2017 be a great year for you at work and at home.

Your servant,
David Siew-Kit Choon
President
Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association

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ABOUT APOA

The Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA) is a regional organisation of orthopaedic surgeons mainly from the Asia Pacific region.

It began in 1962 as Western Pacific Orthopaedic Association and in 2000, the name was changed to Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association. Today, APOA has 19 member chapters and more than 1,800 members from over 40 countries. The 19 member chapters are Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

APOA's core mission is to promote the education, research and fellowship amongst orthopaedic surgeons in this region. APOA's conferences and fellowships are sought after by young surgeons while established and renowned senior surgeons provide the experience and resources to assist younger fellows.

APOA Objectives

ABOUT APOA

The objects for which the Association is established are:

  • To advance the science, art and practice of orthopaedic surgery in the region particularly in those countries with chapters;
  • To promote professional education, research, and other interest in orthopaedic surgery;
  • To share knowledge of and solutions to medical problems;
  • To assist countries of the region in all matters relating to orthopaedic surgery;
  • To promote fellowship and understanding between orthopaedic surgeons of the region;
  • To cooperate with global, international, national and regional orthopaedic associations, societies and specialty groups as in the opinion of the Association have objects similar to the Objects of the Association;
  • To promote, encourage and assist in the education and training of orthopaedic surgeons in the region, particularly in those countries with Chapters.

In furtherance of the Objects of the Association, the Association may do all such things as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the Objects of the Association or any one of them as may be deemed necessary or expedient in the best interests of the Association, including:

  • Generally to expend such moneys of the Association as may from time to time be necessary or desirable to further the Objects of the Association or any one of them;
  • To make grants of cash, equipment or assistance for the purpose of research and associated projects generally;
  • To fund, encourage, administer or contribute to scholarships, fellowships or travel grants for the purpose of promoting or encouraging education, training, work or research in any branch of orthopaedic surgery;
  • To convene or hold conventions and conferences;
  • To publish, store and retrieve such information in print electronic or other media form as the Association may think desirable for the promotion of its objectives;
  • To solicit and accept from members of the public and from governmental, municipal, local government and other authorities and bodies, donations and contributions to the funds of the Association and to raise moneys by all lawful means for furthering the Objects of the Association;
  • To enter into arrangements with any government or authority, supreme, municipal or otherwise or any university, hospital, school or other institution or association that may seem conducive to the Objects of the Association or any one of them;
  • To obtain from any government authority, university, hospital, school, institution or association any right or privilege or concession which the Association may think desirable to obtain;
  • To support any association, scientific or otherwise having for its objects or one of its objects the promotion or conduct of research in orthopaedic surgery;
  • To provide or contribute towards the provision of awards and distinctions to individuals recognised by the Association as having made contributions to its objects or any one of them;
  • To cooperate with any other organization, whether incorporated or not, whose objects are similar to those of the Association. The Association shall not support with its funds any activity or endeavour to impose on or procure to be observed by its members or others any regulations or restrictions, which if an object of the Association would make it a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Unions Act;
  • To refrain from all political activities affecting any Country or Chapter

2016 - 2018 Executive Committee

Title Name E-mails Country
Executive Committee:
President David S K Choon thechoon@gmail.com Malaysia
Vice President Onder Aydingoz aydingozo@yahoo.com Turkey
President Elect Mahmut Nedim Doral mndoral@gmail.com Turkey
Immediate Past President Edward Ted Mah Australia
Honorary Secretary Jamal Ashraf wjashraf@gmail.com India
Honorary Treasurer Sureshan Sivananthan info@sivaclinic.com Malaysia
Journal Editor Kenneth Cheung cheungmc@hku.hk Hong Kong
Congress Chairman Onder Aydingoz aydingozo@yahoo.com Turkey
Standing Committees:
Congress Committee Chairman Mahmut Nedim Doral mndoral@gmail.com Turkey
Education Committee Chairman Kuniyoshi Abumi Japan
Federation committee Chairman Edward Ted Mah Australia
Finance Committee Chairman Yan Chun Hoi yanchunhoi@gmail.com Hong Kong
Membership Committee Chairman Mohammed Iqbal Qavi drqavi@yahoo.com Bangladesh
Newsletter Chairman Julyn Aguilar julynaguilar@yahoo.com Philippines
Subcommittees:
Disaster Response Committee Chairman Arif Khan a_khan37@yahoo.co.uk Pakistan
Nomination Committee Chairman John Bartlett R.J.Bartlett@bigpond.com Australia
Secretariat Administrator Director K S Sivananthan info@sivaclinic.com Malaysia

Chairmen of Subspecialty Sections

Section Chairman E-mails Country
Foot & Ankle Section Mark Blackney blackneym@gmail.com Australia
Hip Section - APHS Wilson Wang wilson_wang@nuhs.edu.sg Singapore
Infection Section - APMIS Nicolaas Budhiparama ncbjr@indosat.net.id Indonesia
Knee Section - APKS Tomoyuki Saito tomosaito1653@ac.auone-net.jp Japan
Paediatrics Section - APPOS Saw Aik Malaysia
Spine Section - APSS Kuniyoshi Abumi Japan
Sports Section Hermawan Rasyid hermawanphd@gmail.com Indonesia
Trauma Section - APTS C S Kumar snkrkumar@yahoo.com Malaysia

National Delegates

Country Chief Delegate Chapter Delegates Federation Delegates
Australia Graham Mercer
Graham Mercer

Tim Whitehead

Sue Liew
Andreas Loefler

Andrew Beischer
Bangladesh Abdul Awal Rizvi
Mohammed Iqbal Qavi
Abdul Awal Rizvi

Amjad Hossain
Brunei Abdul Rashid Mohammad
Abdul Rashid Mohammad
Cambodia Lim Taing
Lim Taing
China Gui Xing Qiu
Gui Xing Qiu
Hong Kong Michael To
Michael To

T. M. Wong

Bobby Ng
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India H. K. T. Raza
H. K. T. Raza

Arvind Jayaswal

Ram Chaddha
Sudhir Kapoor

Ram Prabhoo
Indonesia Ucok P Sirenger
Ucok P Sirenger
Japan Yukihide Iwamoto
Yukihide Iwamoto

Shoichi Kokubun
Korea Jae Yoon Chung
Jae Yoon Chung

Bae Dea Kyung
Yong Sik Kim

Ki Tack Kim
Malaysia Sayed A L Alsagoff
Sayed A L Alsagoff

Saw Aik

Sureshan Sivananthan
Badrul Shah Badruddin

Azmi Baharuddin
Mayanmar Maung Mg Htwe
Maung Mg Htwe

Myint Thaung
Nepal Deepak Mahara
Deepak Mahara

Byapak Paudel
New Zealand Jean Claude Theis
Jean Claude Theis

Sudhindra Rao
Pakistan Tariq Sohail
Tariq Sohail

Arif Khan
Zia Bajwa

Mohd Shoib Khan
Philippines Lewy Pasion
Lewy Pasion

Julyn Aguilar
Leslie Reyes

Peter Bernardo
Singapore Wong Hee Kit
Wong Hee Kit

Low Yin Peng
Sri Lanka V. Swarnakumaar
V. Swarnakumaar
Taiwan Chen Po Quang
Chen Po Quang

Hwa-Chang Liu
Thailand Charoen Chotigavanich
Charoen Chotigavanich

Saranatra Waikakul
Turkey Onder Aydingoz
Onder Aydingoz
Mustafa Basbozkurt

Sait Ada
Vietnam Vo Van Thanh
Vo Van Thanh