Patient Examination


Legendary All Black Sir Bryan Williams is the Wishbone Foundation Ambassador.

Personally & professionally he knows the research supported by the Foundation is essential to helping us learn more about treating and managing orthopaedic conditions. Sir Bryan dislocated his hip in 1977 while playing in a test match against France, and has had ongoing challenges with that hip ever since.

"Pain – particularly when you’re older – is debilitating and if it can be relieved by orthopaedic research and coming up with new methodology, that’s great. We’d love to have enough money to fund all the very worthwhile research that’s underway.”

Patient Examination
Sir Brian Williams

Wishbone aims to advance knowledge in the field of orthopaedic surgery by facilitating and funding research that benefits the community through better care of patients with orthopaedic conditions.

It does this by:

promoting research in various aspects of orthopaedic surgery

promoting and improving the orthopaedic services available to the people of NZ

establishing and providing facilities, projects, schemes and resources for research into all aspects of orthopaedic surgery

researching and establishing programmes and services either in or outside hospitals or medical schools or other medical facilities for orthopaedic surgery 

dealing and collaborating with DHB's or other government departments and local authorities and any other medical institutions, incorporations and societies or body in relation to a  project, scheme or other matter or thing in NZ or overseas which may be calculated to promote research in orthopaedic surgery in NZ

raising funds through sponsorship, fundraising, donations, contractual arrangements or other means whatsoever for the purposes of supporting and promoting the foregoing objects and purposes

employing, training and creating work opportunities for researchers, lecturers, tutors or teachers and other suitably qualified persons having or wishing to acquire the necessary expertise to teach, research and provide any service whatsoever in relation to the foregoing objects and purposes

carrying on any other charitable object capable of being conveniently or appropriately carried on in connection with the foregoing objects or calculated directly or indirectly to advance any of the objects and purposes of the Trust generally.