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 we encourage members of public to join the discussion.

We look forward to seeing you in July 2021!

Professor peter choong & A/Prof Michelle Dowsey

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! Find out more about how you can present your research and win a prize or two!

UPDATE (11 June 2021):

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are going 100% virtual!! Read more here…

Our popular Career Development topics are back and have been scattered throughout the Forum! Keep an eye on our program as we lock in the topics most relevant to YOU!

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

Dr Ivan Lin (university of WA)
Dr Ros McDougall (Melbourne uni)
Dr Jonathan Bullen (Curtin Uni)
A/Prof Zanfina Ademi (Monash uni)
Prof Stephen Duckett (Grattan institute)
Prof Erwin Loh (svha/monash)
Dr Catherine Keating (medibank private)
Mr rob anderson (msk australia)
Dr Joanne kemp (la trobe uni)

The experts

Guest speakers



Organised by the Student Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Association (SOMA) for graduate researchers:

  • 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.

  • Session 1: Patient selection for joint replacement surgery
  • Session 2: Consumer and Community Involvement
  • Session 3: Better decision-making with big data
  • Session 4: Developing your skills
  • Session 5: Becoming a scholar
Followed by Cocktails Networking Dinner
  • Session 1: How surgical and physio management can work together
  • Session 2: Non-surgical alternatives to OA treatment
  • Session 3A | Forum debate: Approaching non-surgical care through group therapy is most effective
  • Session 3B | Workshop I: Optimising first line care for osteoarthritis – what should we do?
  • Session 4: Redesigning the OA patient journey
  • Session 5 | Workshop II: Ethics 101
Sessions 2 and 3 brought to you by the Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Session 1: Emerging Themes
  • Session 2 | Workshop III: Clinical communication
  • Session 3: The health economics of OA
  • Session 4: The role of multimedia in 21st century research


Joining virtually? All sessions will be live-streamed and accessible via Whova so you won’t miss a thing!

Are you a student? Get in touch with us to find out how to access special prices

Take advantage of our Early Bird prices NOW before 21st May!!

Are you a student? Take advantage of our discounts!!

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, you can access Whova on your desktop browser too! Stay tuned for our how-to guides!

Already registered with us but don’t know where to start with Whova? It’s easy!

  1. Just head over to https://whova.com/create-whova-account/ and create an account on Whova.
  2. Search for our event “OPUS Forum 2021” 
  3. Join as a registered attendee and enter the invitation code – this should have been sent to your email
  4. Start exploring all the features!

Didn’t get your invitation code? Get in touch with us at: opus@opus-tjr.org.au and we’ll get you sorted!

Get our official event app,

Get the most out of the app and have a more productive experience!


NAVIGATE the event agenda and logistics, even without Wi-Fi or data. Access useful information like ridesharing and local attractions through the Community Board


NETWORK effectively. Plan whom to meet by exploring attendee profiles and sending out messages


PARTICIPATE in event activities through session likes, comments, ratings, live polling, tweeting, and more

For Blackberry or Windows Phone,Click here
For feature details, visit Whova

UPDATE (11th June 2021): We are watching the evolving situation in Melbourne and are placing the safety of all attendees at the front of our minds.

The current path out of State Government restrictions leading up to our event means the Organising Committee have had to make an executive decision. We will be switching to Whova completely. The appropriate refunds will be made for in-person tickets switching to virtual tickets.

We strongly encourage all attendees to create a profile on Whova prior to the event to facilitate networking! Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer!

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 at the corner of King St and La Trobe St, you’ll find numerous accommodation options and countless eateries and cafes.


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We apologise as an in-person event is now unlikely. We hope that you will still join us virtually on Whova!

Please get in touch here if you have any queries about this change.

There are numerous options around Melbourne CBD at all budget ranges. 

A selection of options near the venue include:

Raddison on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne

Address: 380 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: +61 3 9322 8000

Website: https://www.radissonhotels.com

SPECIAL PROMO: Receive 20% off rates using the code: WACONF

Best Western Atlantis Hotel Melbourne

Address: 300 Spencer St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: +61 3 9600 2900

Website: http://www.atlantishotel.com.au/

Wyndham Hotel Melbourne

Address: 199 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: +61 3 8692 8900

Website: https://www.wyndhammelbourne.com.au

City Tempo Apartments

Address: 618 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: +61 3 8256 7500

Website: https://tinyurl.com/u89us899


Oaks Melbourne on William Suites

Address: 350 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: 1300 554 275

Website: www.oakshotels.com


NOTE: The known hotels that are taking part in the Vic Government’s Hotel Quarantine program reboot are (as of April 2021):

  • Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport
  • Intercontinental
  • Novotel Ibis Melbourne Central
  • Pan Pacific (for airline crew)
  • Holiday Inn on Flinders (health hotel)
  • Element Melbourne Richmond (complex care)

Should you develop any of the symptoms related to COVID 19, please isolate immediately at home or in your accommodation and contact the dedicated Victorian COVID hotline: 1800 675 398.

For all the latest advice on COVID in Melbourne and Victoria, please see here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

A COVID safe plan has been developed for all events at the Angliss Conference Centre. You can find the document here. When you come to the Angliss, you will be required to check in via a sign-in sheet (surprisingly the faster method) or QR code and have your temperature tested.

Hand sanitisers will be available throughout the rooms and we stress everyone should socially distance where possible.

Please be aware that masks are only required on public transport but it is always safe to be carrying one on you at all times.

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.

ready to join?

submit your abstract


Present your work on the stage or virtually! Closing on 21st May NOW CLOSING Monday 14th June!!

Click here to find out more

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)
List the author institutions using the following convention: 1) The University of Melbourne; 2) Curtin University
300 words max

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