Register your interest for 2015.

The QUT Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF) has designed a comprehensive 12-week surgical orthopaedic anatomy course. You will explore specific joint regions of the body through surface anatomy, osteology, clinical anatomy, surgical approaches and clinical case studies. It involves weekly anatomical demonstrations with cadaveric prosected specimens as well as surgical approaches and dissection using cadaveric material demonstrated by leading orthopaedic surgeons. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to participate in a human movement gait lab.

This course is supported by the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA). The association has determined 3 credit points will be awarded for this course.

It is conducted by professional university staff from the Anatomical & Surgical Skill Laboratory at MERF. Who should participate

Pre-medical students, medical professionals and delegates wishing to apply to the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) surgical education training (SET) program. This program offers 3 credit points towards SET program applications.


You can attend course sessions on-site or online.

On-site venue

QUT Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF)
Staib Road
Prince Charles Hospital Campus
Chermside QLD 4032

If you register as an on-site participant and can't attend on some nights, you'll be able to access the course online on that occasion if you contact the course coordinator the week before to arrange it.

Online option

The course is also available online at the same time as on-site sessions. The online component is live-streamed, so if you're a remote/off-site participant, there's still plenty of opportunity to participate in the anatomy discussions and surgical demonstrations in real time.

If you're an online participant you're welcome to attend on-site sessions. You'll need to contact the course coordinator the week before to arrange this. We encourage as much on-site participation as possible to gain the maximum benefit from the course.

  • Online

Wednesday nights, 6pm-9.30pm

  • 2015 dates to be confirmed. Course is likely to run August to November 2015.
Revision week

Revision week is not compulsory, but it is highly recommended so you can become familiar with the anatomical prosections before the exam. It is especially important for remote participants who haven't had any hands-on access to the material during the course.

  • 2015 dates to be confirmed.

MERF will be open from 9am to 3pm for optional self-directed learning and revision for all participants, whether you registered for the on-site or online option.

Exam week

Online participants must attend on-site exams. There are no online exams available for this course. The exams are set on concurrent days to avoid a delay between exams.

  • 2015 dates to be confirmed.
Details: The course can be undertaken either on-site or online. Sessions will run concurrently.

Fees for 2015 are to be confirmed.

2014 Fees: $4,500 (GST exempt).

Includes a light supper (for on-site participants) including tea and coffee.


General enquiries

Course Manager at the Office of Continuing Professional Education.

Academic enquiries

For course or assessment information, contact the course coordinator at merf.soac@qut.edu.au

Course Contact: Mr Anton Sanker

Surgical Director: Professor Ross Crawford


Register your interest for 2015.

In 2014, the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) has determined 3 credit points will be awarded for this course.

You will receive a certificate of completion upon satisfactory completion of the assessment.


Minimum undergraduate anatomy knowledge required as per medical degree.

You are required to undertake self-directed learning to revise adjacent anatomical structures and pathways related to the specific joint modules. Assumed knowledge will not be directly assessed.

Program outline

You will receive access to the course materials one week prior to the course starting pending payment of your registration.

Week Topic 2015 Course dates
1 Shoulder TBC
2 Elbow TBC
3 Wrist TBC
4 Spine TBC
5 Revision TBC
6 Hip TBC
7 Knee TBC
8 Ankle TBC
9 Revision TBC
10 Revision Week TBC
11 Saturday tutorial TBC
Exams TBC

Registration info

Register your interest for 2015.

Contact the Office of Continuing Professional Education to register your interest for 2015. We will let you know when registrations open.


When you register for the course, you will create an account with us.

You'll be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.

There are no payment plans available.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.

Terms and conditions

At all times during this course, delegates are expected to comply with the QUT Student Code of Conduct.


To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the Course Manager at the Office of Continuing Professional Education

If you cancel at least 10 business days before the course commences, you will receive a partial refund, ie: the full fee less $100 administration fee.

No registration refunds will be made within 10 business days of the course starting.

You may transfer your registration to another person. Advise us in writing of the full name and details of the person replacing you before the course starts.

We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we'll advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We're not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.