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Orthopaedic Surgeons

Andrew Hardidge- Director Orthopaedic Surgery

Ortho Photo Andrew Hardidge

MBBS(Melb), FRACS(Orth), FAOrthA, PGDip(Mgmt), MBA

Andrew Hardidge became the Director of Orthopaedic Surgery at Austin Health in 2009. He is a Melbourne-trained orthopaedic surgeon with particular surgical expertise in the areas of computer navigated total hip and total knee replacement. Andrew is also closely involved in the trauma management at Austin Health.

In addition to his surgical training Andrew has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and is a Master in Business Administration. These were both completed at Melbourne Business School (University of Melbourne) with first class honours and multiple awards.

At Austin Health Andrew is deeply involved with all aspects of improving patient care. He is an active member in in a vast array of committees and projects aimed at improving patient experiences, access to surgery and results from surgery.

Andrew also contributes greatly to the orthopaedic community and beyond. He is a past chairman of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (Vic Branch), a past Australian Orthopaedic Registrar Association President, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to teaching at all levels from medical students, residents, registrars, nurses and allied health professionals. 



Roger Westh- Deputy Director Orthopaedic Surgery

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Joe Robin- Head of Unit- Ortho 2

Ortho Photo Joe Robin

Peter Wilde- Head of Unit Ortho 4 (Spine)

Ortho Photo Peter Wilde


Peter Wilde is a Melbourne trained Orthopaedic Surgeon who completed Spinal Fellowships in Hong Kong (1992) and Kenton D Leatherman Spine Centre in Louisville KY USA (1992-3). Upon returning to Melbourne in late 1993, he took up consultant appointments at Austin Hospital in Heidelberg and Monash Medical Centre in Clayton.  At these hospitals, he was able to treat patients with a full range of spinal disorders including scoliosis, spinal trauma and tumour, as well as degenerative spinal conditions.  After Monash Medical Centre withdrew funding for scoliosis procedures, I elected to reduce my public hospital commitment to Austin Hospital only.

Peter has expertise in all areas of the spine including cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions. I regularly perform minimally invasive spine surgery (often referred to as MISS) which is appropriate for some lumbar spinal problems.

Current appointments include;

Head of Vertebral Column Surgery Austin Health Studley Road Heidelberg 3084

Past President of Spine Society of Australia 2012 -14

Senior Consultant Spinal Surgeon Epworth Hospital Erin Street Richmond 3121

Jit Balakumar

Ortho Photo Jit Balakumar


Jit Balakumar is a highly trained orthopaedic surgeon with an impressive expertise in lower limb surgery, namely, joint preservation surgeries of the hip (hip arthroscopy, osteotomies and impingement surgery), sports injury surgeries of the knee and scoliosis surgery in children.

In 2008 he was recognized for his talents and was accepted into the very competitive and highly sought after paediatric surgery fellowship at Harvard's Children's Hospital Boston. This is an American-accredited fellowship program which rarely grants acceptance to foreign-trained surgeons. There, Mr. Balakumar completed a full-year of hands-on surgical training with some of the brightest minds and hands in orthopaedics. He honed his skills with emerging techniques in joint preservation surgeries across the paediatric, adolescent and adult populations.

His unique understanding of orthopaedics across all age groups makes Mr. Balakumar quite versatile in treating conditions to afford the optimal outcome.

He has a number of publications in peer review orthopaedic literature and continues to present at international orthopaedic meetings.

Mr Balakumar also teaches orthopaedic surgeons, trainees and medical students.

He has also done fellowships in trauma and knee surgery in Paris and Melbourne.


Matt Barnes

Ortho Photo Matt Barnes Crop


Matt Barnes is a Melbourne trained orthopaedic surgeon who successfully completed the Australian training program in 2012.  He has worked at the Austin for over ten years and most recently completed his term as the full-time trauma surgeon at the hospital.

Matt currently performs several procedures at the Austin including both total hip and total knee replacements.  He has a special interest in revision surgery for replacements that have worn out, become infected or have fractures around them.

Matt is also proud to be part of the sports medicine team at the Austin which performs over 300 arthroscopic knee operations each year, including ligament reconstructions and meniscal procedures.

During 2015 Matt will be heading overseas for 12 months to further perfect his skills in France and England, where he will complete several prestigious fellowships in hip and knee surgery.

Elective procedures performed

Total hip replacement, total knee replacement, revision arthroplasty, knee arthroscopy, knee ligament reconstruction.

Trauma procedures performed

Matt is actively involved in the emergency on-call roster at the Austin and performs both upper limb and lower limb operations for fractures.  He also has an interest in periprosthetic fractures around joint replacements.

For all appointments or questions, please contact:




Shane Blackmore

Ortho Photo Shane Blackmore
Shane Blackmore



Mr Shane Blackmore specialises in sports injuries, arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee, hip and shoulder. This includes all aspects of knee, hip and shoulder surgery.


Following subspecialty fellowship training in London and New York, Shane returned to Melbourne with world-class experience in the latest arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques including anterior hip replacement.


At the world renowned New York University (NYULMC) Hospital for Joint Diseases, Shane completed a 12 month Orthopaedic Sports Medicine fellowship. Here he was trained in the latest techniques for knee ligament reconstruction (ACL), meniscal repair and transplant, cartilage restoration and joint preservation, shoulder stabilization and rotator cuff repair as well as femoro-acetabular impingement and labral tears of the hip.


Preceding this, Shane was awarded the prestigious Calvert Fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in London. This 6 month fellowship had a subspecialty focus on arthroscopic treatment of shoulder and elbow injuries where Shane worked alongside the UK’s most preeminent sports surgeons.


Born in Melbourne, Shane graduated from University of Melbourne Medical School before completing his specialist Orthopaedic surgical training in Melbourne.


Married with a young family, Shane continues to chase his childhood pursuits of less than competitive baseball, tennis and golf.


For more information, please visit: www.orthoam.com.au

Soong Chua

Ortho Photo Soong Chua
Soong Chua


Mr Soong Chua is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising in shoulder and knee surgery

Born and raised in Melbourne, Soong obtained his medical degree from the University of Melbourne Medical School. He also completed his Orthopaedic surgical training in Melbourne, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2012.

Soong undertook further subspecialty training internationally in London and Milan, where he was trained in the latest techniques for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, shoulder stabilisation and joint replacement surgery including reverse total shoulder replacement.

In London, he completed the prestigious Calvert Fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, before moving to Milan to work at the Istituto Clinico Humanitas in one of the most highly esteemed orthopaedic units in Italy.

  • Commonly performed procedures:
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic and Open Shoulder Stabilisation
  • Shoulder Replacement (including Reverse)
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Total Knee Replacement

Terence Chin

Ortho Photo Terence Chin

Andrei Cornoiu

Eugene Ek

Ortho Photo Eugene Ek Crop

MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACS, FAOrthA

Dr. Eugene Ek is a fellowship-trained hand and upper limb surgeon who specializes in the management of conditions involving the hand, elbow and shoulder.

Eugene received his Medical Degree with Honours from the University of Melbourne and completed his internship and basic surgical training at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. In 2008 he completed a PhD in bone and tumour biology at the University of Melbourne for research into osteosarcomas. Eugene then went on to finish his orthopaedic training in Melbourne and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2010.

Eugene then spent a further 3 years undertaking subspecialist fellowship training in shoulder, elbow and hand surgery, including 12 months as an Honorary Hand Surgery Fellow at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and Dandenong Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Tham. He then continued his training overseas, completing a 6 month fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at the Balgrist University Hospital, University of Zurich in Switerland under Prof. Christian Gerber. This was followed by a further 6 month fellowship in shoulder surgery at the Harvard Shoulder Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA under the supervision of Dr. Jon J.P. Warner.

Finally, Eugene went on to work at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical School in New York, where he completed a 12 month ACGME-accredited fellowship in hand, upper extremity and microsurgery.

Eugene continues to be very active in teaching and in clinical and biomechanical research. He has published over 50 articles and several book chapters, as well as presented at many regional, national and international conferences.


Private practice contact details:

Melbourne Orthopaedic Group

33 The Avenue, Windsor, 3181

(03) 9573 9678








Research at Austin:


1.     Volar vs. dorsal locking plate fixation for unstable dorsally comminuted distal radius fractures – A prospective randomized study


2.      Double screw fixation for scaphoid non-unions  with bone loss – A prospective study


Peter Gard

Ortho Photo Peter Gard

MBBS, FRACS, Fellowship in Adult Joint Reconstruction (Harvard)

Peter Gard completed his medical training at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1986. He trained initially at the Austin and Repatriation Hospitals and later working as an Orthopaedic Registrar at several hospitals in Melbourne during 1991-1996. Peter was admitted to the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 1996 as a fully qualified Orthopaedic Surgeon.

In 1997, Peter travelled to the United States and completed a Fellowship in Adult Joint Reconstruction at the Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston. During this period, Peter undertook extensive training in arthroplasty, which was consistent with his surgical interest in practicing as an arthroplasty surgeon. Whilst in the USA, Peter worked as an Attending Surgeon at Lahey Clinic, Massachusetts and a Clinical Instructor at Boston University.

Peter returned to Australia in late 2000 and has since practiced as a private orthopaedic surgeon at Warringal Hospital, Epworth Hospital, and The Freemasons Hospital. He also regularly attends in public consultation at the Austin Hospital and Maroondah Hospital.

Peter's main expertise is in joint replacement and revision surgery of the hip, and knee replacement surgery.

Peter has been active sportsperson throughout his life and has a keen interest in golf and tennis.

Key procedures performed:

·     Total Knee Replacement and Revision Surgery

·     Total Hip Replacement and Revision Hip Joint Surgery

·     Knee arthroscopy and ACL Reconstruction

For all private consultation enquiries, please contact Mr Gard's office on (03) 8850 0443.

Peter Gard consults privately at:

·     Manningham Medical Centre: Suite 602, Level 6, 200 High Street, Lower Templestowe 3017

·     Mitcham Consulting Suites: 23 Doncaster East Road, Mitcham 3132

·     Warringal Consulting Suites: Suite 10, Level 3, 214 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg 3084

·     The Park Clinic: Level 8, 166 Gipps Street, East Melbourne


Andrew Gong

Ortho Photo Andrew Gong

Simon Holland

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Gregory Hoy

Ish Hussaini

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Kris Lundine

Avanthi Mandaleson

Trung Nguyen

Ortho Photo Trung Nguyen

Gerald Quan

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Rodney Richardson

Ortho Photo Rodney Richardson


Mr Rodney Richardson specialises in adult reconstruction and joint replacement surgery of the knee and hip.  After completing his orthopaedic training in Australia, he completed Fellowship training in knee surgery both locally and internationally.


Mr Richardson remains committed to improving education and training in orthopaedic surgery.  He is a regular Faculty participant in training surgeons on hip and knee replacement within Australia.  He regularly operates and demonstrates internationally on the techniques of computer navigated knee replacement.

Mr Richardson has a strong interest in improving prosthetic design and holds a number of international patents in the art of orthopaedics.

Specialty:  Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Surgery Hip and Knee

Lu Ton

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Austin Vo


Austin Vo is a Melbourne orthopaedic surgeon with international fellowship training in all aspects of shoulder and knee surgery. His expertise covers the whole range of shoulder and knee conditions from sports injuries such as shoulder instability and knee ligament reconstruction, to joint arthroplasty including modern techniques such as reverse shoulder arthroplasty.


Austin obtained his medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 2001 and subsequently completed his training in Orthopaedic Surgery, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in 2011. He then spent nearly 3 years undertaking international fellowship training with some of the most renowned orthopaedic surgeons in the world. This included a Knee Arthroplasty fellowship in Edinburgh, Scotland; Shoulder fellowships in Oxford and France; and then finally an Upper Limb and Sports Medicine fellowship at the PanAm Clinic in Canada.

 With a strong interest in teaching and training future orthopaedic surgeons, Austin has also instructed at international shoulder courses. In recognition of the arthroscopic skills he returns with, Austin was awarded the prestigious Covidien Travelling Fellowship Grant by RACS for his Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy fellowship in France.

 Austin Vo has particular expertise in:

        Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

       Arthroscopic Surgery for Shoulder Instability

       Th Latarjet Procedure

       Proximal Biceps Tendon Surgery (SLAP repair, biceps tenodesis)

       Total & Reverse Shoulder Replacement

       Trauma Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow (fractured clavicle, fracture proximal humerus, AC joint dislocation, distal biceps rupture)

       Total Knee Replacements

       Knee Arthroscopy and Arthroscopic Knee Ligament Reconstructions (eg. ACL)

 Private practice contact details:


171 Grey St, East Melbourne, 3002

(03) 9928 6288










Tim Whitehead

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Vincent Yap

Ortho Photo Vincent Yap