Dr Michael South

Michael South
Dr Michael South

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Specialising in surgery of the Hip, Knee & Shoulder

Mater Hospital, Rockhampton

I have been in practice as a specialist orthopaedic surgeon since 1991. I grew up in Rockhampton then gained my medical qualifications at the University of Queensland. My speciality training in orthopaedic surgery was in Brisbane at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, the Brisbane Mater Hospital and Greenslopes Hospital. After further surgical experience in England, Germany and the USA, I commenced practice in Rockhampton in 1992.

A major part of my practice is surgery of the knee, hip and shoulder. In addition, I also treat a wide variety of common orthopaedic conditions including

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (mini incision technique)
  • Common Hand Conditions such as Dupuytren’s Contracture, De Quervain’s Condition and Trigger Finger
  • Bunions and Claw Toes
  • Fractures of the upper and lower limbs


Undergraduate (University of Queensland)

  • Bachelor of Medicine (1983)
  • Bachelor of Surgery (1983)
  • Bachelor of Medical Science (1979)


  • Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Orthopaedics, 1991)
  • Fellow, Australian Orthopaedic Association (1991)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Queensland Shoulder Society


  • Medical Board of Australia

Hospital Visiting Rights

  • Mater Hospital Rockhampton
  • Rockhampton Hospital


  • Mater Hospital Rockhampton Medical Advisory Council
  • Mater Hospital Rockhampton Infection Control/Haemovigilance Management Committee

Specific areas of interest

My Practice Philosophy

The outcome of your treatment is critically important to me. I do my utmost to understand and communicate with my patients to help them understand their conditions and their treatment options, along with the benefits and risks of those options. An important part of my job is to keep abreast of the latest technologies and treatment, and to incorporate into my practice those which offer safe and reliable prospects of improvement for my patients. Following your surgery, ongoing review and support are integral to a successful outcome. Readily accessible aftercare is an important benefit I provide as a surgeon based in Rockhampton.

My staff and I are dedicated to delivering professional, modern and caring orthopaedic practice to the Central Queensland community.


I have been happily married to Jill since 1983 and we have 2 children.

My sporting and recreational interests include:

  • Fitness and Running
  • Tennis
  • Snow Skiing
  • Target shooting
  • Metalwork, welding, carbon fibre products
  • History and Geology


  • Vice-President, Rockhampton Grammar School Past Students Association
  • Sponsor, Tennis Rockhampton and QLD Cancer Council Relay for Life
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