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Orthopaedic care

As one of Victoria’s largest private providers, Cabrini continues to be a leader in comprehensive orthopaedic care. At Cabrini, we offer rapid diagnosis, treatment (including surgery) and rehabilitation at Brighton.

Orthopaedics focuses on injuries and diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves, which in turn allows you to move, work, and be active. Our team understands every case is different and requires a coordinated and individualised approach based on your personal circumstances.

Cabrini’s orthopaedic surgeons, allied health practitioners and nursing staff, will provide you with the guidance and support needed, and engage with your GP and all other health professionals involved in your care to ensure the best outcome possible.

  • General Enquiries

  • Referrals

    You need a referral from a GP to be seen by a Cabrini specialist and receive any relevant Medicare rebate.

    To find a specialist, please visit our Find a Doctor directory.

    Alternatively, if the matter is urgent, the Cabrini Malvern Emergency Department (ED) can help you 24 hours, 7 days a week. The ED team can refer you to the most appropriate specialist to cater for your individual needs.

    You will need to provide a referral to your patient to see one of our specialists. Please visit our Find a Doctor directory to see our comprehensive list of experts.

    Our doctors and healthcare professionals are always available to help. Please call them directly if you would like advice, or to discuss a treatment plan in advance.

    If your patient is unwell the specialist of your choice can admit them for inpatient observation and treatment.

    Alternatively, if the matter is urgent, the Cabrini Malvern Emergency Department (ED) is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The ED team can provide a referral to the most appropriate specialist to meet your patient’s needs.

What does orthopaedic surgery offer at Cabrini?

Orthopaedic surgery commenced at Cabrini in the mid-1970s. The volume of orthopaedic surgery has grown steadily since, with our specialists performing more than 1500 joint replacements each year.

We have a high standard of infection prevention, state-of-the-art operating theatres, dedicated orthopaedic wards, onsite radiology services and a range of rehabilitation programs that can be accessed at home or while in hospital.

Cabrini specialists are experts in their field and will be with you every step of the way. With a total of 38 surgeons operating at Malvern and Brighton, we offer a full and comprehensive range of orthopaedic services.

Download your Cabrini orthopaedic information guide

Orthopaedic surgery

Foot and ankle

  • Fractures of the foot and ankle
  • Bunion surgery
  • Ankle reconstruction
  • Ankle replacement
  • Big toe arthritis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Sporting injuries of the foot and ankle


  • Knee replacement – total, partial and revision
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Ligament reconstruction for ACL injuries
  • Patellar surgery
  • Osteotomy of the knee
  • Sporting injuries of the kne

Hand, wrist and elbow

  • Carpal tunnel surgery
  • Trigger finger and thumb
  • Arthritis of the hand
  • Ganglion surgery
  • Dupuytren’s release
  • Fractures of arm, wrist and hand
  • Sporting injuries: arm, wrist, elbow and hand


  • Children’s fractures
  • Children’s sporting injuries
  • Scoliosis surgery
  • Hip dysplasia 


  • Shoulder reconstruction
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Rotator cuff repairs
  • Shoulder dislocation and instability
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Sporting injuries of the shoulder


  • Hip joint replacement – anterior, posterior and revision
  • Hip arthroscopy

Joint replacement surgery

Your orthopaedic surgeon may suggest joint replacement surgery for your hip or knee as an option if other more conservative treatments, such as medication and physiotherapy, have failed.

You may still be experiencing pain and have limited mobility, especially if you have arthritis of the joint, an injury or other debilitating condition.

Joint replacement surgery, followed by an exercise recovery program, can restore quality of life, allowing people to enjoy walking, cycling, swimming and golf as well as their normal daily activities.

Orthopaedic services

Injury management

Cabrini Malvern has an emergency department, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for both adults and children.

Covering such a broad range of orthopaedics specialities, Cabrini offers a highly-skilled and specialised emergency service to manage injuries, including both sporting and trauma based, which can commonly include fractures and soft tissue injuries.

Cabrini’s Alan, Ada and Eva Selwyn Emergency Department is staffed by skilled and senior medical specialists who are supported by on-call orthopaedic surgeons. You will be seen by a consultant, in the most prompt timeframe possible. There is also a dedicated operating theatre for emergency surgery, which ensures surgery for your injury is performed as soon as possible.

There is medical imaging onsite and conveniently located within the emergency department, to allow for quick diagnosis and treatment of injuries.

Preadmission service

You will be contacted by our nursing preadmission service prior to your admission, who will answer your questions and cover a variety of topics including:

  • How to prepare for surgery
  • Day of surgery admission
  • What to expect during and after your hospital stay

Enhanced Home Orthopaedic Program (eHOP)

At Cabrini, we can offer you an Enhanced Home Orthopaedic Program (eHOP) following your joint replacement, designed to support your transition to home successfully.

Our inpatient healthcare team will support you to mobilise early and safely, manage pain, and regain your confidence walking as soon as possible to prepare you for home. Most patients who utilise this program can return home from hospital after two to three days.

Orthopaedic specialist

Visit the Find a Doctor directory to search for a suitable specialist or download our list of orthopaedic surgeons below.

Find a Orthopaedic Surgeon