Registrations for the August course close Wednesday 12 August 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), Prince Charles Hospital Campus.
Staib Road
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 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 or 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.



Wednesday nights, 6pm-9.30pm

  • Wednesday 26 August - Wednesday 24 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.

  • Monday 16 November - Friday 20 November 2015.

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.

  • Monday 23 November - Tuesday 24 November 2015.
Details: The course can be undertaken either on-site or online. Sessions will run concurrently.

$4,500 (GST exempt).

Cost includes a light supper including tea and coffee.


General enquiries

For all registration or payments queries, contact the office of Continuing Professional Education.

Academic enquiries

For more information regarding course content or assessment, contact the course coordinator Mr Matthew Wissemann.

Surgical Director: Professor Ross Crawford.


Registrations for the August course close Wednesday 12 August 2015.

In 2015, 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 Wednesday 26 August 2015
2 Elbow Wednesday 2 September 2015
3 Wrist/ Hand Wednesday 9 September 2015
4 Back/ Spine Wednesday 7 October 2015
5 Revision Wednesday 14 October 2015
6 Hip/ Pelvis Wednesday 21 October 2015
7 Knee Wednesday 28 October 2015
8 Ankle/ Foot Wednesday 4 November 2015
9 Revision Wednesday 11 November 2015
10 Revision Week Monday 16 November 2015 - Friday 20 November 2015 
Saturday tutorial Saturday 21 November 2015
11 Exams Monday 23 November 2015 - Tuesday 24 November 2015

Registration info

Registrations for the August course close Wednesday 12 August 2015.


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.