The Asia Pacific Spine Society (the Spine Section of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association [APOA]) is a regional organization of the spine surgeons mainly from the Asia Pacific region. This society was established in 1979, and was known as the Western Pacific Orthopaedic Association - Spine Section. APSS has presence in 19 member chapters in the region, including Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.
The APSS is an educational and scientific forum for the advancement of knowledge in the field of spine surgery, for the education of the patients, the clinicians and the researchers. Its mission is to advance the science, art and practice of spine surgery and promulgate the maintenance of professional standards in order to provide the best professional care to patients with spinal problems.
The APSS holds meetings, courses and outreach programmes to provide sharing platforms for clinical and research members. The fellowship awards are highly sought after by young surgeons from the Asia Pacific region while established and renowned senior surgeons provide the experience and resources to assist the young surgeons. Members of the Society are also provided the platform to conduct collaborative research and publish in the Asian Spine Journal.