Dr. Michael South
Dr Michael SouthOrthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Michael SouthOrthopaedic Surgeon

Specialising in surgery of the Hip, Knee, Hand & Wrist and Foot & Ankle

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 and hip.  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)
  • Certified Independent Medical Examiner (2017)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • AOA Medico-Legal Society
  • American Board of Independent Medical Examiners
  • WorkCover Queensland Independent Medical Examiners Panel
  • Australian Doctors’ Federation


  • Medical Board of Australia

Hospital Visiting Rights

  • Mater Hospital Rockhampton

Specific Areas of Interest

  • Knee Replacement
  • ACL Reconstruction and Meniscus Repair
  • Hip Replacement
  • Medico-legal Assessment and Reporting

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
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Dr Michael South

Suite 6
Mater Medical Centre
Jessie St
QLD 4700

  • Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Australian Society Of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • AOA Medico-Legal Society
  • American Board of Independent Medical Examiners