1 - 4 july 2021

Forum 2021

Understanding the osteoarthritis journey

from the opus chair


Welcome to the second OPUS Forum!

Much progress has been made since our inaugural symposium where we laid the foundations for our core objectives to improve patient selection and outcomes for joint replacement. There is a need to empower patients in decision-making, find non-surgical alternatives and refine the delivery and cost of care. Since we last met, we have dived deeper into the research and branched out to new and exciting directions. 

We’re ready to showcase the fruits of our labour, explore your interests and invite you to the stage. This year, we are opening up the experience with more sessions, more interactive programs and more opportunities to forge new connections.

The osteoarthritis journey is a patient journey. We cannot improve the system without the voices of the community we serve and I encourage members of public to join the discussion.

I look forward to seeing you in July 2021!

Professor peter choong

what's new

Check back with us as we lock in our program, our guests and add new features to the event!

Diverse speakers showcasing the latest research findings with opportunities to present your work and network!

We’ve partnered with SOMA to develop the first SOMA Day (1st July). Run by students, for students.

Participate in round tables, Q&A panels, join our community board and maybe win some prizes! We’re making accessibility even easier with Whova. Download the app or use your desktop!

Our popular Career Development sessions are back and have been scattered throughout the Forum! This year we’re focusing on communication so keep an eye on our program as we lock in the topics most relevant to YOU!

Dr Ivan Lin
Dr Ros McDougall
A/Prof Zanfina Ademi
Prof Stephen Duckett
Prof Erwin Loh
Ms Rebecca Bell
Mr rob anderson
Dr Jo kemp

The experts

Guest speakers



Organised by the Student Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Association (SOMA)

  • Generating ideas and transforming them into research topics
  • An introduction to the research world(s)
  • Research translation for meaningful impact

A networking afternoon/social event organised by the association will follow these three major sessions.

  • Patient selection for joint replacement surgery
  • Better decision-making with big data
  • Developing your skills
Round tables:
  • Consumer and Community Involvement
  • Becoming a scholar
  • Bringing your research to life
  • Non-surgical alternatives to OA treatment
  • Redesigning the OA patient journey


  • Hip arthroscopy: It’s the only way
  • Approaching non-surgical care: Is group therapy best?


  • Optimising first line care for osteoarthritis
  • The health economics of OA
  • The role of multimedia in 21st century research


  • The art of clinical communication
  • Clinical yarning
Round Table:
  • ECCO: Finding the right solutions


Find out what happened in 2019

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We’ve made it easier for you to participate regardless of where you are. You decide which sessions and when!

Download the Whova app to your phone and tune in to live streams, play-back recorded sessions, engage wherever you are and navigate your way around the event. Don’t worry, the same functions will be available on your desktop!​

For those who will be attending in-person, please note that there will be limited in-person tickets to ensure safe distancing inside the venue.

The Angliss Conference Centre is located on the western fringe of Melbourne’s central business district, overlooking the Docklands precinct and the picturesque Flagstaff Gardens.

Conveniently located within the free CBD tram zone, you’ll find numerous accommodation options and countless eateries and cafes.

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The Angliss Conference Centre in Melbourne, Australia

Organising Committee

Our Organising Committee leverages the various expertise at OPUS to bring you a conference covering all the relevant topics you need to know about.

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Present your work on the stage or virtually!

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Poster presenters will be allocated 3 minutes and 1 slide to present their work. Please indicate if you don't wish to present.
50 words max
Please use the following naming convention: M. Lam(1), V. Price(1) and C. Shadbolt(2)
300 words max

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