Dr van der Rijt

I have a special interest in the management of patients suffering disorders of the hip and knee. Sub-specialisation is a natural outcome in increased orthopaedic knowledge, implant development and technical innovation.  Sub-specialisation assists me in providing “state of the art” care to my patients, increases the probability of a successful surgical outcome and reduces risks to the patient. Sub-specialisation allows me to concentrate on developments in my chosen field and enables me to deliver current state of the art relevant modern treatment to my patients.

I completed my high school education in Wagga Wagga.   I undertook my primary medical studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, graduating with Honours.  I then completed my medical internship and resident medical training at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.

I completed my accredited orthopaedic surgery training under the auspices of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.  I initially undertook my training Australia, going on to complete my training in the United Kingdom.  I was based at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, England.  This gave me the opportunity to develop my special interest in hip and knee replacement surgery.  At Wrightington Hospital, Lancashire, I had the opportunity to train with the late Professor Sir John Charnley, the doctor responsible for the development of the first successful hip replacement.

I have a strong commitment to continued medical education and regularly attend national and international meetings in Australia, the United States and Europe.  I recognise that there has never been a time where development and progress in orthopaedics has halted.  I consider it is essential that doctors participate in continuing education, review and travel to maintain their expertise and to be able to offer the best current advice and treatment to patients.

Sub-specialisation enables me to remain at the forefront of the current and future developments in the management of patients suffering from disorders of the hip and knee joints.  The incredible advances in knowledge and treatment of the past twenty years continue.

My focus on modern future developments in hip and knee conditions enables me to offer current and relevant treatment to patients.




  • MBBS (Honours), University of New South Wales, 1978
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Orthopaedics), 1984
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (Orthopaedics), 1984



  • 1978 - Intern Medical Officer – St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney
  • 1979 - Resident Medical Officer – St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney
  • 1980-1984 - Orthopaedic registrar – Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, UK (posting included rotation terms at the Centre for Joint Replacement Surgery, Wrightington Hospital, Wigan and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin)
  • 1984 to current – Orthopaedic Surgeon Calvary Hospital;
                                    Wagga Wagga Base Hospital
                                    Griffith Base Hospital (1998-2000)
  • 2003-current - Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of NSW Rural Clinical School



  • Australian Medical Association
  • Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • AOA Research Foundation
  • Medico-Legal Society
  • AOA NSW Branch
  • Arthroplasty Society of Australia
  • Charnley Low Friction Society
  • Med Law Society
  • Orthopaedic Outreach
  • Royal Australian College of Surgeons
  • Australian Doctors Fund
  • Honorary Member Wagga Wagga Resident Medical Officers Association Incorporated



Registrars in Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. van der Rijt has been involved in training Australian Orthopaedic Association Registrars for the period 1988 to 2006 and continuing. Wagga Wagga hosted the first rural-based AOA Approved Training Post.  Wagga Wagga’s commitment to Registrar Training has increased.  Wagga Wagga now hosts three AOA appointed registrars on six months rotation.

Mr. van der Rijt was Director of Training from 1997 to 2003.

Mr. van der Rijt has had a commitment to training Medical Students at the University of NSW Rural Clinical School, Wagga Wagga Campus since 2003 with appointment as Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery.  The Wagga Wagga campus trains Year 4 students on a 12 month rotation and Year 5 and 6 students on 4 month rotations.  Mr van der Rijt is responsible for Medical Student training in musculo-skeletal medicine, conducting weekly tutorials in examination and diagnosis.

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