Orthopaedic surgery

Orthopaedic surgery is the diagnosis and treatment (operative and non operative) of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, ligaments, tendon and peripheral nerves). It includes the management of trauma to the musculoskeletal system and the management of congenital and acquired disorders.

Vocational training in New Zealand

Vocational training in orthopaedic surgery is undertaken through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). Once RACS training is completed the doctor is awarded the Fellowship of the RACS (FRACS) in orthopaedic surgery.

Am I able to apply to work as a recognised specialist in New Zealand?

To apply for vocational registration in orthopaedic surgery, you need either:

  • the FRACS qualification; or
  • an international postgraduate medical qualification, where your combination of qualifications, training and experience will then be assessed against the standard of FRACS in orthopaedic surgery.

What standard will my training, qualifications and experience be compared against?

For details on the training programme please refer to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons  and New Zealand Orthopaedic Association  websites.

I want to make a vocational registration application

To make a vocational registration application, please refer to the Vocational Registration Homepage and select the option appropriate for you.

Am I able to apply for other types of registration?

You may be able to apply for more than one type of registration. To find out which is the best fit for you, please use our self assessment tool.