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The University of Otago, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine are currently advertising for a Teaching Fellow for the Musculoskeletal and Pain Postgraduate Programmes.

Here is the link to the Seek advertisement:

Teaching Fellow - Musculoskeletal / Pain Management
Applications are invited for the part-time position of Teaching Fellow in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, located on our Christchurch campus.
As a Teaching Fellow, you will be primarily working with the team who deliver our mainly distance taught postgraduate programmes in Musculoskeletal Medicine, Musculoskeletal Management and Pain, and Pain Management which are endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
The appointee will support the facilitation of learning by contributing to the following main areas:
• Assist with assessments, which includes examinations and assignments.
• Support the alignment of teaching material to the guidelines of IASP.
• Review of the programmes’ balance and spread, identifying any gaps in delivery.
• Contribute to our two on-campus taught courses.
• Review of the material provided to students.
• Time available for own research/learning activities.
The successful applicant will have a background in the areas of Musculoskeletal Medicine and/or Pain and Pain Management.
This is a part-time (0.2FTE), fixed term position and is available immediately for a twelve month period.
Ideally, you will be located in Christchurch and able to work from the Department for the equivalent of one day per week.
Note: As a part-time position, the salary range for this role will be the pro-rata equivalent of the annual full-time salary range listed. Applications quoting reference number 1700601 will close on Thursday, 20 April 2017.
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BMI and Lifestyle factors with All-cause Mortality

So with a large cohort prospective epidemiological study, there is a challenge to the ideas around BMI as a risk factor.

Although people with a higher BMI can have lower risk of premature mortality if they also have at least one low risk lifestyle factor, the lowest risk of premature mortality is in people in the 18.5-22.4 BMI range with high score on the alternate healthy eating index, high level of physical activity, moderate alcohol drinking, and who do not smoke. It is important to consider diet and lifestyle factors in the evaluation of the association between BMI and mortality.

An open article in 21st October BMJ

Australasian Musculoskeletal Imaging Group (AMSIG) Meeting Melbourne

For those who have an interest, there is a new event on our calendar.

6-7th May 2017 Melbourne

Foot and Ankle Imaging

Conference 2017

Please Save the Date : Join us all in Adelaide in October!


World Osteoporosis Day 20th October

Osteoporosis New Zealand marks World Osteoporosis Day on 20th October 2017

Our friends at Osteoporosis New Zealand (ONZ) are supporting the International

Osteoporosis Foundation’s (IOF) World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) Awareness Campaign. Under its

theme of Love Your Bones: Protect Your Future, WOD 2016 calls upon the general public to take

early action to protect their bone and muscle health, and for health authorities and physicians to

protect their communities’ bone health.

NZAMM members can play a vital role in reducing the burden that osteoporosis, falls and fractures imposes upon

our older people, their friends and family, and our health and social care budgets. Accordingly, we encourage you

all to read more about this exciting Campaign at and implement its

recommendations in your practice.

Read more about this exciting Campaign at

ANZ Hip Fracture Registry and Clinical Standards

The first report from the Hip Fracture Registry is available.

Report available at

Clinical Standards document available from

Hip fracture is the most serious and costly fall-related injury suffered by older people. There were an estimated 19,000 admissions to hospital for a hip fracture among Australians aged over 50 in 2011-12, an increase of 22% in absolute number since 2002-03. 1 In New Zealand, 3803 people were admitted to hospital with a hip fracture in 2007. 2 Almost everyone who fractures their hip will be admitted to a hospital, and a large majority will undergo a surgical procedure. In Australia, this means that more than 50 people are admitted every day to a hospital with a hip fracture. 1,3 The individual consequences are significant: 5% of those admitted will die in hospital; over 10% will be discharged directly to an aged care facility; after 12 months, fewer than 50% of people will be walking as well as they did before their injury; and another 15-20% will have died. In addition, the health and social care systems bear considerable costs associated with the acute treatment of hip fractures, ongoing costs of rehabilitation, assistance with day-to- day living activities, and the impact of long term care placement.

Osteoporosis NZ highlighted the importance of establishment of a national hip fracture registry in our strategy BoneCare 2020 published in 2012. They have been an advocate, supporter and financial contributor to the ANZHFR initiative since the beginning of the initiative. Accordingly, they are delighted to see the Clinical Standards and Annual Report published.

It is great to see this progress!

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