Orthotics and Prosthetics?

Orthotist/prosthetists are tertiary qualified Allied Health Professionals who assess and treat the physical and functional limitations of people resulting from illnesses and disabilities, including limb amputations. Orthotist/prosthetists are trained to prescribe, design, fit and monitor orthoses and prostheses.

Orthoses and prostheses are assistive devices that are applied externally to the body. An orthotist/prosthetist is the allied health practitioner who has received specialised training and gained a formal qualification relating to the provision of orthoses and prostheses.

Using this specialised knowledge, orthotist/prosthetists work alongside other allied health and medical professionals to deliver quality health services. Orthotist/prosthetists are an integral member of the multidisciplinary team in both the public and private health sector.

AOPA has developed a series of Fact Sheets that explain specialty areas of orthotics and prosthetics. The Fact Sheets will enable you to learn more about the role of Orthotist/Prosthetists and to understand the integral role orthotist/prosthetists play in the health system and disability sector