Summary:  Aisha Khan

Editors:  Nicholas Maluga and Dan Heitman


Orthopaedic injuries are a common presentation within the Emergency Department. It is important for junior doctors to be able to develop the skills necessary to identify and confidently manage the most commonly presenting orthopaedic injuries in the general population.

James talks to  Dr Nicholas Maluga, Orthopaedic Registrar, about common emergency medicine orthopaedic presentations.


Dr Nicholas Maluga graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2009 with a double degree of Bachelor of Medical Science and Bachelor of Surgery. He completed his internship and resident years at the Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne and relocated to Sydney to complete his Maters of Surgery from University of Sydney in 2013. Since then, Nick has been working as an Orthopaedic Registrar at St Vincents Hospital, John Hunter Hospital and is currently at Nepean Hospital. Nick is currently working to complete his second Masters of Clinical Epidemiology from University of Newcastle. His early research interests were in Paediatric Orthopaedics and he completed and presented at the Australian Orthopaedic Association meeting a large research project which looked into physiotherapist led screening for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip in newborns. Nick’s current research interest lies in utilising technologies to deliver and streamline healthcare and physiotherapy access to remote areas.


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Common Emergency Medicine Orthopaedic Presentations