Travelling bones showcases 80 years of orthopaedics

7 April 2017

​View of the 'travelling bones' exhibition at Epworth Richmond, featuring details about orthopaedic surgical procedures performed across Epworth hospital sites​

A free exhibition showcasing an 80-year history of orthopaedics in Australia is currently on view at Epworth Richmond until 18 April.  

The exhibition includes information on:

  • sports injury prevention
  • the evolution of joint replacement
  • developments in the treatment of fractures and innovations, including the use of 3D printing, robotics, computer navigation and customising implants during surgery.  

The display will travel to multiple Epworth Richmond locations, including:

  • ground floor next to the cafe
  • main reception on Level 2
  • Epworth Centre reception (enter via 32 Erin St, Richmond).

'Travelling bones' is accessible during Epworth Richmond hospital opening hours. 

Exhibition dates

–18 Apri 2017

General enquiries 


Epworth HealthCare reception

Phone: 03 9426 6666​​​

ABC Radio features Orthopaedic exhibition​

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Media release: Australian first Orthopaedic exhibition launched at Epworth HealthCare Richmond

Holidaying school-children from Melbourne’s south-east are expected to be amongst the first to view an historic exhibition, showcasing how more than 14,500 Orthopaedic surgical procedures are performed across Epworth hospital sites. 

The Australian Orthopaedic Association’s travelling exhibition is showcasing 80 years of orthopaedics in this country.

 The travelling exhibition is free and can be viewed at Epworth Richmond (89 Bridge Rd) from 4 to 18 April. The exhibition will be located at various public spaces within the hospital, including Ground Floor, adjacent to the café; Main Reception on Level 2; and in the Epworth Centre reception via 32 Erin St, Richmond. 

Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) President Dr Ian Incoll said “today we are pleased to welcome our travelling orthopaedic exhibition and can think of no better place than Epworth HealthCare, Richmond”. 

The exhibition includes information on sports injury prevention, the evolution of joint replacement, developments in the treatment of fractures and innovations including the use of 3D printing, robotics, computer navigation and customising implants during surgery.  

Epworth Victor Smorgon Chair of Surgery Richard De Steiger said orthopaedic surgery has been a constantly evolving area of medicine. 

“In my 25 years of surgery there have been major advances in prostheses, surgical techniques, equipment and imaging. This has meant we can provide reliable life-changing procedures for our patients.” Professor de Steiger said.

Orthopaedic surgeons use both surgical and non-surgical means to treat spine diseases, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, musculoskeletal trauma and congenital disorders.

“The specialty of orthopaedics keep our children in the game, puts the bounce back in the knees and hips of our elderly and keeps all of Australia moving with more than 1.1 million joint replacement procedures undertaken throughout Australia’s hospital network since 1999,” Dr Incoll said.

“The exhibition is designed for the community to educate them about the hundreds of orthopaedic procedures performed in more than 300 Australian hospitals every day.”  

Geneal enquiries 

Epworth HealthCare reception
Phone: 03 
9426 6666

Media enquiries​​ 

The Australian Orthopaedic Association​ 
Adam Connolly
Phone: 0417 170 084 

Epworth HealthCare
Colleen Coghlan
Phone: 0423 777 452

About the Australian Orthopaedic Association

The Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) is the peak professional body for orthopaedic surgeons in Australia. AOA provides high quality specialist education, training and continuing professional development. AOA is committed to ensuring the highest possible standard of orthopaedic care and is the leading authority in the provision of orthopaedic information to the community. AOA actively supports scientific research and orthopaedic humanitarian initiatives in Australia and overseas.