Mr John Batten is a Tasmanian-based orthopaedic surgeon practising at the Launceston General Hospital, with special interests in paediatric orthopaedics and arthroplasty. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania and has formerly held many senior administrative positions including President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and Chair of its National Joint Replacement Registry.
Mr Batten is the outgoing President of RACS, a position held since 2017. He will be standing down from the role of President in May 2019 when he will have reached the maximum tenure on the RACS Council. Before being President, he was the RACS Censor in Chief with overarching responsibility for the education and training of Fellows. A RACS Councillor since 2010, he also previously held the positions of Chair of the Court of Examiners and Chair of RACS External Affairs.
Mr Batten 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 Pacific island nation as part of the RACS Pacific Islands Project.