Dr John Harrison AM
Dr Harrison is a Sydney born and trained orthopaedic surgeon. He was educated at Fort Street Opportunity Class and spent a year at The English School, Cairo, finishing his high school education at North Sydney Boys High School, Sydney. He studied Medicine at Sydney University on a Commonwealth Scholarship from 1962 to 1969 and graduated with Honours degrees in both Science and Medicine. He took a year out from study in 1968 to represent Australia in water polo at the Mexico Olympics.
After a short Residency Programme in Sydney, he travelled to the United Kingdom and worked and studied at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, graduating with his Fellowship in General Surgery in 1973. He returned to complete the Orthopaedic Training Scheme in Sydney, obtaining his Fellowship (FRACS Orthopaedics) in 1977 and F.A (Orth A) in 1977.
He pursued his Post-Graduate studies, largely in joint replacement surgery of the hip and knee visiting most of the major centres of joint replacement worldwide, including having a long Fellowship with Dr Bruce Shepherd, who was one of Australia's most eminent orthopaedic joint replacement surgeons between 1976 and 1986.
He is widely experienced in most fields of orthopaedics and has been responsible for representation and education of his colleagues in the field for more than 39 years.
He spent 20 years in the Public Hospital System in New South Wales as an Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon and only recently stopped training orthopaedic trainees in the private sector.
He is a member of many specialty societies where he has held a number of leadership positions and is a past President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and its political arm ASOS. He has been awarded Honorary Fellowships of the AMA and Australian College of Sports Physicians for services to those bodies and, recently, an award within the Order of Australia (AM) for services to medicine and water polo.
In sport, he has had numerous ties with sporting teams including cricket, rugby union and rugby league and he still plays water polo. He has been the Team Doctor for the Australian Women's Water Polo Team in the World Titles in Rome in 1994 and was the Manager and Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Australian Men's Water Polo Team at the Athens Olympics in 2004. He was also a Reserve Manager for the Men's Water Polo Team for Beijing in 2008. He is the current Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon to Australian Water Polo.