Members of AOPA voluntarily commit to upholding the professional standards set by the Association and therefore use the title Certified Orthotist/Prosthetist (cOP). For further information regarding AOPA’s cOP members please see the Certified Practitioner position statement. AOPA self-regulates the profession nationally through the establishment of minimum standards and codes. These professional standards provide guidance to consumers, employers, referrers and practitioners regarding the expectations of an orthotist/prosthetist in Australia. An AOPA member who upholds the AOPA standards and codes can be located using the Find A Practitioner search facility and identified through the Member logo.
The suite of standards upheld by AOPA members includes:
Code of Conduct
The AOPA Ethical Code and Professional Conduct document is outlined in By-Law 5 of the Association. It is reviewed regularly and outlines the professional ethics and conduct expected of an Australian orthotist/prosthetist.
The AOPA Competency Standards define the minimum entry level requirements to practice the profession in Australia.
Scope of Practice
The AOPA Scope of Practice reflects the scope of the profession in Australia and clearly articulates the core activities of the profession.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
As well as upholding standards relating to ethics, competency and scope of practice, AOPA members are required to meet annual CPD requirements. The CPD requirements are a mandatory component of membership renewal and ensure that all AOPA members commit to ongoing education and professional development.
Breach of Standards?
AOPA members are committed to upholding the standards and codes of the Association. In the event that a complaint is received relating to a breach of these standards or codes, then the AOPA complaints and discipline procedure according to the Association’s Constitution is enacted.
If you have concerns that an AOPA Member may have breached any of our standards or codes, you can lodge your concerns or make a complaint via our online form.
Please contact the National Office should you wish to discuss any aspect of the Association’s professional standards.