Hospital Accreditation for Training Sites

It is a requirement that all hospital training posts, including private hospitals, are accredited prior to placement of a trainee who is on the Training Programme, this is to ensure the quality and consistency of training and education across New Zealand. 

The NZOA will assess each training site on a range of criteria to ensure that the training site is appropriately equipped to provide the trainees with the education and training opportunities that are in accordance with the NZOA curriculum.

A hospital that wishes to apply for accreditation must first contact the NZOA Education and Training Manager at for a copy of the application, on submitting this application the hospital will take part in an interview process.  This will be led by two NZOA Assessors (orthopaedic surgeons) who are current members of the NZOA Education Committee. 

The NZOA Speciality Orthopaedic Training Board (NZSOTB) will then review the report that is produced from this meeting at the next available meeting and determine the outcome.

Where possible requests need to be sent prior to 31 January to ensure posts can take part in the accreditation process prior to selection that same year.

For more information on applying for accreditation of a new training position, please contact the Education and Training Manager

Trainees may be placed in any one of our accredited training centres within New Zealand.  The following New Zealand hospitals are currently accredited for SET Orthopaedic Surgery Training:


Whangarei |North Shore |Auckland City |Middlemore | Starship | Waikato | Tauranga | Rotorua | Hawkes Bay Fallen Soldiers' Memorial | Palmerston North | Taranaki Base | Whanganui | Wellington | Hutt Hospital | Nelson | Timaru | Christchurch | Dunedin | Southland