Classes of Membership

Active Membership

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP shall be limited to those persons who:

  1. Hold a recognised higher surgical degree or qualification, and
  2. Fellowship or Associate Fellowship of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.
  3. Who have recognised training in the principles and practice of knee surgery, or who by virtue of extensive experience, have acquired a comparable standard of training.
  4. Candidates for election as Active Members shall be balloted for at the General Meeting of the Association, and candidates must be proposed and seconded by two Active Members of the Association, both of whom must be personally acquainted with him or her and responsible for his or her eligibility.
The proposer should ascertain that candidate’s curriculum vitae includes the following pre-requisites for Membership;

  1. 50% (or a substantial number deemed sufficient by the membership) of the surgical procedures performed by the candidate, in the two years preceding application, involved knee procedures.
  2. The candidate has published an article on some aspect of the knee in a refereed national or international journal.
  3. The candidate has presented a paper on a knee problem at a national or international meeting.
  4. The candidate has attended and has presented a paper at a meeting of the Australian Knee Society within the previous two years.
  5. Before any candidate comes up for election, his proposer and seconder shall write to the Executive Committee, stating the name of the candidate and what they know of the candidate, both socially and as a medical practitioner, together with any special qualifications he may have for election.

Associate Membership

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP may be awarded under the following categories:

1) Provisional membership: Those wishing to become Active members but not yet fulfilling all the requirements. This will be limited to those persons who:
  1. Hold a recognised higher surgical degree or qualification, and
  2. Fellowship or Associate Fellowship of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.
  3. Who have recognised training in the principles and practice of knee surgery or by virtue of extensive experience, have acquired a comparable standard of training.
2) International membership: This will be limited to those persons who:
  1. Hold a recognised higher surgical degree or qualification, and
  2. Have completed a knee surgery fellowship in Australia under the supervision of an Active member, and
  3. Who have recognised training in the principles and practice of knee surgery, or by virtue of extensive experience,
    have acquired a comparable standard of training.
3) Scientific membership: This will be limited to those persons who may be identified from time to time as having contributed significantly to the knowledge or practice of knee surgery, without otherwise qualifying for membership.

4) Candidates for election as Associate Members shall be balloted for at the General Meeting of the Association, and candidates must be proposed and seconded by two Active Members of the Association, both of whom must be personally acquainted with him or her and responsible for his or her eligibility.

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP


Honorary Life Membership may be conferred by the Executive Committee on Active members who have given long and distinguished service to the Association. Such Honorary Life Members will retain the full rights of an Active Member. Such an honour shall have the approval of a vote at an Annual General Meeting.

Honorary International Membership may be conferred upon Members of distinction outside the Association. The Executive shall nominate such candidates and the election to Honorary Membership shall be by the vote of the Members present at a General meeting. Such members may attend all meetings and social events. They may not vote on matters at the Annual Meeting of the A.K.S. (although they may attend and participate in discussion).