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  • AOPA Recommits to Closing the Gap on Indigenous Health

    Read More 17th Mar 17

    In recognition of Close the Gap Day 2017, the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA), in conjunction with Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA), have recommitted to a Statement of Intent to work together to achieve equality in health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians by 2030.

  • Working in the NDIS: An Operational Workshop

    Read More 1st Feb 17

    AOPA will be hosting a full-day workshop on March 31st to allow orthotist/prosthetists to prepare for the roll-out of the NDIS.

    Join AOPA to discover how to register as a provider, comply with national and state requirements, understand participant plans, use the provider portal, provide services, correctly quote and troubleshoot issues.

  • Release of Clinical Specialty Fact Sheets

    Read More 15th Nov 16

    AOPA has partnered with a range of experts in Orthotics and Prosthetics to develop a series of Clinical Specialty Fact Sheets. 

    The Fact Sheets clearly explain the vital work of Orthotist/Prosthetists in a way that is both easy to understand and share amongst the community. We encourage you to share these widely.

  • Assessment of Competence Updates

    Read More 2nd Sep 16

    In July 2016 AOPA Launched a new two stage process to assess individuals holding ‘non-accredited’ or International qualifications. By ensuring that all practicing orthotist/prosthetists meet the same minimum standards AOPA ensures that professional consistency is maintained and the public is protected.

  • An Update on the Skilled Occupation List

    Read More 31st Aug 16

    The skilled occupation list (SOL) is used as part of Australia’s points system for migration. Orthotist/prosthetist was added to the SOL on July 1st 2016. AOPA is in the process of applying to be the assessing authority for migration for the orthotic/prosthetic profession.

  • Consumer Event launched for #AOPA16

    Read More 2nd Aug 16

    Are you a user of orthotic and prosthetic services? Do you care for or support someone who sees an orthotist/prosthetist? Or maybe a member of the general public seeking inside information on orthotics and prosthetics?

    AOPA is pleased to announce our inaugural Public and Consumer Education Event coinciding with the orthotic/prosthetic profession’s national congress on the 6th October 2016.

  • Register now for #AOPA16

    Read More 1st Jun 16

    The announcement you've been waiting for is finally here! Now take action and reserve your ticket to #AOPA16, the biggest Australian P&O event of the year.

    Looking for an opportunity to connect with the Australian  #OandP community? Exhibitor and Sponsorship options are still available.

  • AOPA Congress 2016: Call for Abstracts OPEN

    Read More AOPA Congress 2016: Call for Abstracts OPEN 11th Apr 16

    Planning for this year's #AOPA16 Congress is in full swing!  Our 3-day program will include a day of hands-on practical workshops, plenary sessions with experienced keynote speakers, AOPA forums on professional topics, concurrent orthotic and prosthetic education sessions, student posters, various social functions and much more!

    Looking for an opportunity to connect with the Australian #OandP community? Exhibitor and Sponsorship options are still available.

  • Federal Budget Priorities: Our Top 3!

    Read More 2nd Mar 16

    AOPA has written to the Treasurer and presented the key issues that we feel should be addressed within the 2016-17 Federal Budget.

    AOPA believes that supporting accessible and cost-effective orthotic and prosthetic services as part of the broader health and disability landscape should be a priority of the Government in the coming year.

  • National media headlines cause major confusion

    Read More 17th Feb 16

    On Friday 5th February, The Australian published an article titled "Prostheses list costing patients an arm and a leg". Just days later, The Age published an article titled "Professor Lloyd Sansom to head prosthetic crackdown"

    If you read these articles, you can be forgiven for assuming that they were referring to external limb prostheses, especially as they included images of prosthetic arms and legs. AOPA has taken action to amend this confusion.

  • Essential #OandP workforce data now published

    Read More 10th Feb 16

    We are delighted to announce that our analysis of the Australian orthotic/prosthetic workforce has been formally recognised and published in the journal Australian Health Review.

    As the first publication of its kind, this paper describes the demographic changes in the Australian orthotic/prosthetic workforce over time. This research provides vital data that will inform federal initiatives to plan for future orthotic/prosthetic workforce requirements that will effectively meet the health care needs of our society.

  • Health Minister congratulates AOPA

    Read More 9th Dec 15

    The Hon. Sussan Ley, Minister for Health, has provided a congratulatory message to AOPA as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations.

    "The Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association has come a long way from it's humble beginnings in 1975", says Minister Ley, and we couldn't agree more!


    Read More 30th Sep 15

    On December 6th 2015 AOPA will turn 40. It is a wonderful milestone that gives us an opportunity to reflect on the pathway the Association has taken to reach this point today. Initially founded as the Australian Orthotic Association in 1975, the membership voted just 3 years later to change the Associations’ name to the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association to reflect the dual stream nature of the profession and the service accessed by consumers.

    Read more about our Association's history and check out our video which celebrates the past, the present and the future of our wonderful profession.

  • #AOPA15 is here!

    Read More 21st Sep 15

    The biggest week for Aussie P&Os has finally arrived! #AOPA15 kicks off in Adelaide this Wednesday with our Amputee Gait Training Masterclass, hosted by world renowned Professor Robert Gailey (PT, PhD). Join us as we celebrate our profession with a week of #OandP education.

  • AOPA Members collaborate on a fantastic new CMT resource

    Read More AOPA Members collaborate on a fantastic new CMT resource 20th Jul 15

    Do you work with clients who have Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) and experience difficulties with their gait or functional activities? Do you know about the range of orthotic options that exist for management of specific lower limb weakness or muscle imbalance caused by CMT? A group of AOPA Members have banded together to create an informative new resource for medical practitioners, allied health colleagues and clients with CMT.

  • National Diabetes Week 2015

    Read More 13th Jul 15

    Did you know that 280 Australian's develop diabetes each and every day? Did you know there are many additional health complications that can develop as a result of diabetes, one of which is lower limb amputation? Orthotists play an essential role in preventing amputation by managing diabetes related foot conditions.

  • AOPA receives world class recognition on an international stage

    Read More AOPA receives world class recognition on an international stage 26th Jun 15

    The AOPA Office is buzzing with excitement as our Executive Officer, Leigh Clarke, has taken out the prize of 'best paper' in the Advancing Education category at the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) World Congress 2015.

  • AOPA Congress 2015: Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities

    Read More 25th May 15

    Planning for this year's #AOPA15 Congress is in full swing! Would you like a chance to connect with the Australian P&O community? We still have a few Exhibitor and Sponsorship options available.

  • Bob Gailey is coming to Australia

    Read More Bob Gailey is coming to Australia 1st Apr 15

    Never been to an AOPA Congress? Then make sure 2015 is your debut. The hype is building as AOPA prepares to welcome Bob Gailey to Australia for the first time ever! This is surely an event you won't want to miss, so make sure you've got September 23rd to 26th booked out in your diary.

  • The evidence is clear - AOPA supports SARRAH report

    Read More The evidence is clear - AOPA supports SARRAH report 18th Mar 15

    A recent report released by SARRAH (Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health) reveals that Australians with three common health conditions – stroke, diabetes and osteoarthritis – could avoid surgery or recover more quickly if they had access to multidisciplinary teams of health professionals.

    The evidence provided in this report supports the key points raised in AOPAs recent Federal Government submissions.