Publications Guidelines and Reports

Asia Pacific Consortium on Osteoporosis (APCO) 
Bone Health QI Tool Kit
APCO launched the Tool Kit to promote quality improvement of osteoporosis care on 24 May 2022.  Read the Media Alert here and select this link to request access to the Tool Kit.  

APCO Framework
Published in Osteoporosis International, ‘The APCO Framework’ comprises 16 minimum clinical standards that will serve as a benchmark for the provision of optimal osteoporosis care in the region.

Health and Disability Commissioner Reports 
Select the links below to read reports concerning orthopaedics by The Health and Disability Commission:

Best Practice Guide
The Council of Medical Colleges published its Best Practice Guide for Continuous Improvement on 1 February 2016.  This Guide is a framework for use when developing or reviewing programmes set up to demonstrate the competence and performance of medical specialists.

Commerce Commission 
The Commerce Commission website provides information to help health professionals understand how competition and consumer laws apply to them. This information is  particularly relevant to those in business or practising on their own account.

New Zealand Medical Association's Code of Ethics for the New Zealand Medical Profession
Please click here to read the current Code of Ethics.

RACP Guidelines on Ethical Relationships with Industry
Read the RACPS Guidelines on Ethical Relationships between health professionals and industry here.

The Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology (AP-SMART) is the peer-reviewed publication of APKASS and JOSKAS. This journal is dedicated to the disciplines of sports medicine, arthroscopy, and knee surgery. It aims to provide a forum to facilitate the rapid transmission of knowledge amongst this multidisciplinary community. The current issue is available free on the journal webpage and on ScienceDirect. To view or submit an article visit  

Select this link for more information about APKASS including Fellowships and Meetings.

Optimizing Management of Patients with Metal-on-Metal Hips
The American Hip Society presented their recommendations on MOM hips and their management at the AAOS meeting on March 19-23, 2013.
MoM Conversion Chart - view the MoM Conversion Chart here.

NZOA Guidelines Regarding Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the term used for a combination of the formation of a thrombus in a vein or veins of the systemic venous system, (usually in the lower limbs or abdomen/pelvis), and the embolisation of a thrombus to the pulmonary arterial system via the inferior vena cava and right heart chambers. The commonest clinical presentation in the spectrum of VTE is as a deep venous thrombosis (DVT), but it may present as a pulmonary embolism (PE).
The risk of developing VTE increases tenfold in patients admitted to hospital versus non-hospitalised persons, with contributing factors being general ill health, malignancy, reduced mobility and poor fluid intake, as well as surgical procedures, particularly orthopaedic and other high-risk surgeries.
The NZOA recommendation does not cover one particular set of guidelines as internationally there are several. Select the links below for guidelines which are all acceptable:

If there is one action the NZOA requires it is that you do not do nothing, i.e. you should do something but what it is is up to you. But you MUST clearly document what you are doing and why you are doing it and refer to the set of guidelines you are using.
The National Policy Framework: VTE Prevention in Adult Hospitalised Patients in NZ produced in July 2012 is acceptable although the addition of aspirin is recommended.

Following discussion at an NZOA Council meeting, Jean-Claude Theis, NZOA President, sent a letter to all members on 25 August 2016 regarding VTE Bleeding Risk Assessment.  Select this link to view a copy of that letter.

NZOA Guidelines
NZOA has a number of Guidelines for members use.