The Virtual Fracture Clinic gives some patients with simple bone and joint injuries access to a specialist opinion and management without having to visit the fracture clinic in person.

Virtual Fracture Clinic

An orthopaedic surgeon will review your imaging, such as x-rays, to determine what treatment is needed. The Virtual Fracture Clinic physiotherapist will then contact you by phone to explain the management.

If the injury is more complex, you may still need to come to the clinic to see the specialist in person.

If you have been to the Emergency Department, the Virtual Fracture Clinic will contact you within two business days after your visit.

Common injuries managed by the Virtual Fracture Clinic

Information sheets below provide advice for the care of common injuries managed by the Virtual Fracture Clinic. There's a diagram further down this page that shows what part of the body each information sheet is related to.

Arm and hand injury information sheets

Clavicle FractureBroken collar bone (clavicle)
AC Joint injuryMild-moderate (Grade I to III) Achromioclavicular (AC) joint injuries around the shoulder
Scapula FractureBroken shoulder blade (scapula)
Shoulder dislocation

Simple shoulder (glenohumeral joint) dislocations

Proximal Humerus FractureFracture of the arm bone near the shoulder (proximal humerus)
Humerus GT FractureFracture of the arm bone near the shoulder (greater tubercle of the humerus)
Shaft of Humerus FractureInformation fo fracture of the upper arm bone (shaft of humerus)
Elbow DislocationSimple elbow dislocation
Radial Head or Neck FractureFracture of the radius bone near the elbow
Distal Radius FractureWrist (distal radius) fracture
Scaphoid FractureSmall wrist bone / carpal (scaphoid) fracture
Hamate FractureSmall wrist bone / carpal (Hamate) fracture
Triquetral FractureSmall wrist bone / carpal (triquetral) fracture

Leg and foot injury information sheets

Patellofemoral Joint DislocationKneecap joint dislocation
Patella FractureFracture of the kneecap (patella)
Knee Soft Tissue InjurySimple knee ligament and soft tissue injuries
Non-Weight bearing Ankle FractureAnkle fracture for ‘no weight bearing’ management
Stable Ankle FractureStable (weight bearing) ankle fractures
Ankle SprainAnkle ligament sprains
Foot FractureFractures of the bones of the boot (tarsal and metatarsal bones)
5th Metatarsal FractureFracture of the long bone on the outside of the foot (5th metatarsal)
Toe FractureClosed fractures of the toes (not suitable where there is injury to the nail bed)

Common injuries - patient information sheets

Other useful patient information

Arm and hand

When you come out of plaster

Exercises to do in a plaster or splint

Exercises to do out of your splint

Leg and foot

When you come out of plaster

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.