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Mr Harry Clitherow

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Specialising in: Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Conditions

(03) 9592 3388

Shoulder Hand Elbow

Harry Clitherow

MBChB, FRACS (Orth), FAOrthA

Mr Harry Clitherow is a Melbourne orthopaedic surgeon specialising in all aspects of shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist surgery. He is experienced in the evaluation and management of degenerative, traumatic, and sports-related conditions, along with upper limb nerve conditions, and has a keen interest in arthroplasty and arthroscopic surgery.

Upon graduating from the University of Otago, New Zealand, Harry undertook advanced training in orthopaedic surgery, and was awarded his fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2012. He furthered his specialist upper limb training completing fellowships with internationally renowned shoulder, elbow and hand surgeons in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

Harry is actively engaged in research to further patient outcomes.  He has published a number of studies in peer-reviewed journals and has authored several book chapters. He has presented research and been a speaker at national and international orthopaedic meetings. He is an active member of a number of sub-specialist societies, and has public hospital appointments at Monash Health and Alfred Health. He is the Director of Registrar Training at Moorabbin Hospital, and is a supervising surgeon of Melbourne Shoulder & Elbow Centre’s AOA-accredited Clinical Fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Your Surgeon

Injuries and orthopaedic conditions are more than just results on your x-ray or MRI. As part of your assessment, Harry will discuss your goals and your personal situation (work, family, activities and lifestyle) with you to determine the treatment that will achieve the best possible outcome for you. Every patient is different, and the treatment offered to you will depend on your own unique set of circumstances. After your appointment Harry will communicate with your GP, physiotherapist or hand therapist, and any other medical practitioners involved in your care. 

Harry accepts WorkCover and TAC patients, and he is happy to be contacted directly by referring doctors to discuss cases.

Urgent appointments are available. 

Please call Harry’s rooms on (03) 9592 3388 for all appointments and enquiries.

Shoulder Hand Elbow

Contact Harry Clitherow

Phone: (03) 9592 3388

Fax: (03) 9419 7577

Email: [email protected]

All correspondence to be sent to the main rooms:

Melbourne Shoulder & Elbow Centre

Suite 5, Cabrini Brighton

243 New Street,

Brighton VIC 3186

Referring doctors:

We prefer to receive referrals electronically via Argus or HealthLink.

For urgent enquiries, please call our rooms.

Our rooms are open from 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Thursday, and 9 am – 4 pm Friday.

Please be aware that our main rooms are staffed only on consulting days, as we regularly move between locations and work offsite. However, you can still contact us via our phone lines during the specified hours.

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    Shoulder Hand Elbow

    Practice Locations

    Main rooms, Consulting & Operating

    Suite 5, 243 New Street, Brighton VIC 3186

    All correspondence to be sent to the main rooms.


    • Cabrini’s visitor park can be accessed from New St or Normanby St from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm.
    • The first 20 minutes of parking is free. After this time charges apply. Maximum daily fee is $15.
    • Disabled car parking is available on both levels of the car park.
    • On-street parking is also available. Please refer to street signage for restrictions and parking fees.

    Public Transport

    Routes: 216, 600/922/923, 703 811-812

    Line: Sandringham
    Station: Middle Brighton

    Consulting Site

    1/79-80 Beach Road, Sandringham VIC 3191

    All correspondence to be sent to the main rooms.


    • There is 2 hour car parking available directly around the corner in Georgiana Street, across the road in front of Sandringham Football oval or local bayside parking opposite our practice.
    • A pedestrian crossing is within easy walking distance for safety when crossing Beach Road.

    Public Transport

    Routes: 600, 822, 922, 923, 828,708

    Line: Sandringham
    Station: Hampton & 10 mins walk

    Station: Sandringham & 10 mins walk

    Operating Site

    12 Linacre Road, Hampton 3188

    All correspondence to be sent to the main rooms.


    • On-site Parking available. Signed two hours and four-hour parking available in Linacre Road. All day parking available on Hampton Street.

    Public Transport

    Sandringham Line

    Bus Route – 828

    Operating Site

    490 South Rd, Moorabbin VIC 3189

    All correspondence to be sent to the main rooms.


    • Car parking is located around the Hospital for a small fee. There is a 5-minute drop-off and pick-up zone at the front entrance of the hospital.
    • Short-term (less than 2 hours) parking is available in the car park at the front of the hospital.
    • Long-term parking is available at the rear of the hospital.

    Consulting and Operating Site

    75 Kangan Drive, Berwick VIC 3806

    All correspondence to be sent to the main rooms.


    Paid undercover and open air parking is available and can be accessed from the St John of God Berwick Hospital entrance as well as the entrance to the Specialist Centre.

    Ticket machines are located at carpark lifts and on the ground level of the main hospital and the Specialist Centre, in foyer Level 1, B1 & B2.

    Machines accept credit cards and cash.

    Public Transport

    The hospital is a 10 minute walk from Berwick’s train station and is located on a bus route. Berwick Railway Station is on the Pakenham line.

    Shoulder Hand Elbow

    Resources for Providers

    These information sheets have been prepared by Mr Clitherow with the busy General Practitioner in mind. They provide a brief overview of the topic, including the recommended initial assessment, investigations and treatment. They also outline the circumstances where Mr Clitherow would recommend the patient be referred to a specialist upper limb surgeon.

    The information in each sheet is general advice for education purposes and represents the opinion of Mr Clitherow. They are not intended to replace your clinical judgement.

    Shoulder Hand Elbow


    At the Melbourne Shoulder and Elbow Centre, we are actively involved in research to improve the outcomes of the patients that we manage. Mr Clitherow has authored several journal articles and textbook chapters on upper limb surgery topics and is also involved in the peer review of research submitted by other authors to international orthopaedic journals.

    Graham, D. J., Clitherow, H. D., Singh, H. P., Clarke, E. C., Smith, B. J., & Tonkin,M. A. (2019). The Effect of Extensor Tendon Adhesions on Finger Motion.TheJournal of Hand Surgery,44(10), 903.e1–903.e5

    Clitherow HDS, Bain GI. Major neurovascular complications of clavicle surgery. Shoulder and Elbow 2015 7 (1) 3-12.

    Bain GI, Clitherow HDS, Millar S, Fraysse F, Costi J, Eng K, McGuire DT, Thewlis D. The Effect of Lunate Morphology on the 3-Dimensional Kinematics of the Carpus. Journal of Hand Surgery2015; 40 (1):81-85.

    Clitherow HDS, Bain GI. Rotator cuff augmentation using semitendinosus tendon autograft. Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2015 16(2) 43-46

    Camarda L, Phadnis J, Clitherow HDS, Bain GI. Mesh Plates for Scapula Fixation. Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2015 16(3) 79-84

    Clitherow HDS, Astley TM, Frampton C. Effect of glenoid cementation on total shoulder arthroplasty performed for degenerative arthritis. A review of the NZ National Joint Registry Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2014 23(6) 775-781

    Clitherow HDS, McGuire DT, Bain GI. Lateral elbow instability. Asia Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology 2014 1(1) 11-18

    Clitherow HDS, Bain GI. Humeral Shortening Osteotomy Combined with Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty for Superior Humeral Migration with Acromial Fracture. Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2014 15 (4) 139-143

    Clitherow HDS, Bain GI. Association between screw prominence and vascular complications after clavicle fixation surgery International Journal of Shoulder Surgery Int J Shoulder Surg 2014;8:122-126

    Bain GI, Clitherow HDS. The Pathogenesis and Classification of Shoulder Stiffness. In E. Itoi et al. (eds.), Shoulder Stiffness: Current Concepts and Concerns, ISAKOS 2015.

    Clitherow HDS, Bain GI, Mazzocca AD. Other Causes of Shoulder Stiffness. In E. Itoi et al. (eds.), Shoulder Stiffness: Current Concepts and Concerns, ISAKOS 2015.

    Clitherow HDS, Bain GI. Neurovascular injuries in Shoulder Surgery, In G Bain et al. (eds). Normal and Pathological anatomy of the Shoulder. Springer 2015.

    Mr Clitherow assists the following international journals, by assessing the quality of research papers submitted to them for publication:

    • The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
    • Shoulder and Elbow
    • Asia Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology
    • The Journal of Hand and Microsurgery

    Best Poster
    Shoulder & Elbow Society of Australia Biennial closed meeting November 2014:
    H Clitherow, G Bain. Humeral Shortening Osteotomy Combined with Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty for Superior Humeral Migration with Acromial Fracture


    • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    • Australian Medical Association
    • Australian Orthopaedic Association
    • Shoulder and Elbow Society of Australia
    • Victorian Shoulder and Elbow Society
    • Victorian Hand Surgery Society
    • Corresponding Member: New Zealand Orthopaedic Association