Management & Staff

The AOA National Joint Replacement Registry (AOANJRR) is an initiative of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA).  At the time it was established, the Federal Board of the AOA established an AOA Registry Committee to develop policies for the operation of the AOANJRR.  This committee reports directly to the AOA Board of Directors. 

Members of the committee include the Chair (who is nominated by the AOA Board of Directors), the Registry Clinical Director, the AOA President, Vice President, 2nd Vice President, AOA Research Committee Chair, an orthopaedic surgeon from each state and territory, representatives of specialty groups, the Chief Executive Officer and Registry Executive Manager of the AOA. The current members of the committee are:

Neil Bergman Committee Chair
Paul Smith Interim Director AOANJRR
Richard de Steiger Deputy Director/Victoria
Peter Lewis Deputy Director/South Australia
James Stoney Assistant Deputy Director (Observer)
Richard Page Clinical Advisor, Shoulder & Elbow Society Representative
Peter Stavrou Clinical Advisor, Foot & Ankle Society Representative
Annette Holian AOA President
Chris Morrey AOA Vice President
Michael Johnson AOA 2nd Vice President
Michael Schuetz AOA Research Committee Chair
Rob Kuru Spine Society Representative
Peter McEwen Knee Society Representative
Bill Walter Arthroplasty Society Representative
Joshua Petterwood TAS
David Wysocki WA
Adrian Cosenza CEO AOA
Kathy Hill Registry Executive Manager


The Director of the AOANJRR, who is appointed by the AOA Board, is responsible for the day to day management with the assistance of the Deputy Directors and Assistant Deputy Directors (also appointed by the AOA Board).  In addition, the AOA employs an AOANJRR Manager who is involved in maintaining liaison with hospitals, surgeons and the government as well as implementing new strategies and coordinating the preparation of the annual report.

The South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), is currently contracted by the AOA to provide data management and analysis services to the AOANJRR.

The AOANJRR Registry Working Group which comprises the Director, Deputy Directors, Assistant Deputy Director, and Manager meet weekly to discuss the day to day operation of the AOANJRR with the data management consultants contracted by the AOA. 


Interim Clinical Director
Professor Paul Smith

Deputy Directors
Professor Richard de Steiger

Mr Peter Lewis

Assistant Deputy Director
Mr James Stoney

Registry Executive Manager
Ms Kathy Hill

Federal Quality Assurance Activity Legislation

The AOANJRR was first declared a Quality Assurance Activity (QAA) in 1999.  The declaration was renewed in 2001, 2006, 2011 and for a further five-year period in 2016. It is necessary for the AOANJRR to renew the declaration every five years however the information collected is protected by the QAA legislation indefinitely. 

The Quality Assurance legislation is part of the Health Insurance Act of 1973.  This act was amended in 1992 to include quality assurance confidentiality.  The Act operates on the underlying assumption that quality assurance activities are in the public interest.  A declaration as a quality assurance activity by the Commonwealth Minister of Health and Aged Care prohibits the disclosure of information which identifies individual patients or health care providers, that is known solely as a result of the declared quality assurance activity.  It is not possible to provide identifying information to any individual or organisation including the government.

To encourage efficient quality assurance activities "Part VC-Quality Assurance Confidentiality" contains the following provisions:

a)         Prohibiting:
       1.       The disclosure of information that became known solely as a result of those activities;
       2.       The production to a court of a document that was brought into existence solely for the purposes of those activities; and

b)         Protecting certain persons engaging in those activities in good faith from civil liability in respect of those activities.

The protection provided by the declaration assures patients, surgeons, hospitals and government that information supplied to the AOANJRR remains confidential and secure.