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Dr Scott Mackie – Orthopaedic Surgeon


Dr. Mackie grew up in regional Victoria and spent 1 year of childhood in the USA and 1 year as a teenager in the UK. After completing High School he moved to Melbourne to study Medicine for 6 years. After a further 7 years as a doctor he commenced 4 years of subspecialty Orthopaedic Surgical training. During this time he spent one year in Hobart and fell in love with the city and the state. After completing Orthopaedic Surgical training in Melbourne he relocated permanently to Hobart at the start of 2005. He and his wife moved away for almost a year in 2006 to pursue additional international training in complex paediatric orthopaedic surgery and limb reconstruction techniques.

Dr. Mackie’s wife, Kristine, grew up in Launceston and studied and worked in Hobart. They have two daughters. Dr. Mackie’s professional development is outlined below and in his own time he enjoys the relaxing Tasmanian pursuit of central highland fly-fishing. He plays only an occasional game of golf!

Why not Mr. Mackie?

Up until the middle of the 19th century surgeons were trained in an apprenticeship model and did not complete a degree in medicine.  They therefore did not earn the title of Doctor.  Despite changes (which required a degree in medicine before further specialised training in surgery) the tradition of referring to surgeons as Mr./Miss./Mrs. was maintained in the United Kingdom and Australia.  Dr. Mackie prefers the more common international recognition of the medical degree and also holds an additional Doctorate of Medicine advanced research qualification.  He doesn’t use his formal birth name (Peter Scott Mackie) and is more than happy to be known by his patients as Scott.

Training and Qualifications

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 1988 to 1993

The University of Melbourne and St. Vincent's Hospital (Melbourne).

Dr. Mackie was subsequently employed as a hospital medical officer in multiple Melbourne hospitals.

Doctorate of Medicine (MD) 1998 to 2000

"The Role of Bisphosphonates in the Management of Osteosarcoma."

The University of Melbourne and St. Vincent's Hospital Department of Orthopaedics.

Whilst working part time in hospitals Dr. Mackie also spent three years working in a research laboratory, investigating possible treatment interventions for primary and secondary cancers of bone. A Doctorate of Medicine is an advanced postgraduate qualification (generally research focused) similar to a PhD.

Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) 2001 to 2004

Dr. Mackie trained within the Victorian and Tasmanian branch of the Australian Orthopaedic Association advanced surgical training program, overseen by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

  • Box Hill Hospital
  • Royal Hobart Hospital
  • Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne)
  • Dandenong Hospital
  • St. Vincent's Hospital (Melbourne)

Fellow of Australian Orthopaedic Association (FAOrthA)

Dr. Mackie was granted recognition as a senior orthopaedic surgeon on completion of his training (2005).  In 2008 he was the local convenor of the Australian Orthopaedic Association annual scientific meeting (held in Hobart) and participated in AOA governance for many years.

Dr. Mackie has visiting orthopaedic surgical credentials at:

  • Royal Hobart Hospital,
  • Calvary Health Care Tasmania,
  • Hobart Private Hospital

Paediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship

Dr. Mackie spent 6 months at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.  There he gained additional exposure to a wide range of paediatric orthopaedic conditions and surgical procedures in one of the world’s leading children’s orthopaedics departments. The assessment and management of paediatric conditions represents a sub-interest within the general orthopaedic surgical field. This paediatric interest has led to the provision of much of the high-level paediatric orthopaedic care within Tasmania.

Current and recent administrative appointments

Head of the Department of Orthopaedics, Royal Hobart Hospital

2010 - 2013 and 2015 - current

Dr. Mackie assists with the governance and administrative aspects of running a busy orthopaedic service at the Royal Hobart Hospital.  The orthopaedic service runs 8 half day outpatient clinic consulting sessions per week, 9 elective surgery half day operating sessions per week, 6 trauma surgery half day operating sessions per week, along with other necessary ward and emergency services.

Treasurer of the Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society

2009 to 2012:

Treasurer and Secretary of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Orthopaedic Association

2009 - 2013:

Tasmanian State Branch Director on the Board of the Australian Orthopaedic Association

2010 - 2015:

Tasmanian State Branch Chairman of the Australian Orthopaedic Association

2017 - 2019:

Memberships and Affiliations

Australian Orthopaedic Association

Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Australian Medical Association

Salter Society (Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto)