Welcome to the South African Orthopaedic Association (SAOA)

The SAOA is the professional association for orthopaedic surgeons in South Africa (SA) and those abroad who have had orthopaedic training in SA or who show a continuing interest in the affairs of the Association.

The Objects of the SAOA

These are the advancement for the public benefit of the Science, Art and Practice of Orthopaedic Surgery with the aim of bringing relief to patients of all ages suffering from the effects of injury or disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

SAOA Membership

The SAOA currently has about 800 members in SA and overseas, who enjoy a range of membership benefits. The majority of these are SA orthopaedic specialist surgeons and trainees in orthopaedic surgery.


Annual Congress – the SAOA holds an annual scientific meeting, in the first week of September, to advance knowledge and practice of orthopaedic surgery. It jointly organises other national and international conferences.

Special Interest Groups – various special interest groups within the SAOA have congresses and instructional courses on an annual or biennial basis.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – we offer information, advice and assistance on CPD.

Journal – The South African Orthopaedic Journal is the official journal of the SAOA that promotes literature articles on all aspects of orthopaedic surgery and is an entitlement of membership.

SAOA Bulletin – this Bulletin is produced biannually and includes topics of news and local practice. This Bulletin is for members only.

Financial Support for Orthopaedic Research and Education – financial support is given to members who partake in orthopaedic research. Orthopaedic training is complimented by biannual Educational Standards Committee meeting.

Establishes Committees – to advance the aims of the Association and to respond to issues raised by members.

Maintains Dialogue – With national and international bodies responsible for health care; clinical standards; research and education; legal and regulatory issues, and allied matters.