MBBS (Hons), FRACS, FAOrthA
John Batten is an Orthopaedic Surgeon practicing in Launceston, Tasmania since 1985. He trained in the Victorian/Tasmanian orthopaedic advanced training program and undertook post fellowship training in Edinburgh Scotland in Hand, Joint Replacement and Paediatric Orthopaedics.
He is a visiting medical officer to the Launceston General Hospital and until 2017 was in private practice in general orthopaedics with an interest in Joint Replacement and Paediatrics. He is a senior lecturer in Surgery at the University of Tasmania Medical School and is involved in accredited advanced training in Orthopaedic surgery, performing the role of supervisor of training for several years. In addition John is a senior member of a regional orthopaedic unit of eight surgeons.
He has been an examiner in Orthopaedics for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in the period 1997 to 2006, and served as Senior Examiner in Orthopaedics in Australia during that time.
He has served in many administrative roles including President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, and Chairman of the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry. As a College Councillor he has served on many College committees. Most recently, he was the Chair of the Court of Examiners and immediate past Censor-in-Chief. In 2017 he was elected College President.
John leads an Orthopaedics surgical team to Vanuatu on an annual basis as part of the Pacific Islands Project and has established a Ponseti program for the conservative management of Club feet in Vanuatu.
John chairs a Speciality Orthopaedic Clinical Advisory Group for the Commonwealth Department of Health advising on the introduction of new device technology in Australia.