Mr John Batten MBBS Hon1, FRACS Orth, FA Orth A

John Batten is a general orthopaedic surgeon based in Tasmania, with an interest in Paediatrics. He has an active public practice at the local public hospital as a visiting medical officer. He is also a senior lecturer for the University of Tasmania Medical School in Surgery, and a senior member of an orthopaedic unit of eight surgeons.

He has set up a Ponseti program in Vanuatu, for the conservative management of Club Feet. Each year he leads an orthopaedics surgical team to this island nation in the Pacific. He also chairs a Speciality Orthopaedic Clinical Advisory Group for the Commonwealth Department of Health, advising on the introduction of new device technology in Australia.

John has served in many administrative roles, including President of the AOA, and Chairman of the AOA National Joint Replacement Registry. Prior to his election to the RACS Council in 2010, he was an examiner in orthopaedics for RACS, being the Senior Examiner in Orthopaedics for the last two years. Since then he has served on various RACS committees. Most recently, he was the Chair of the Court of Examiners and immediate past Censor-in-Chief. Since 2017 John is the President of RACS.