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People who study prosthetic and orthotics usually specialise in one area either prosthetics or orthotics.
Prosthetics involves fabricating or providing devices to replace parts of the body that have been lost (e.g. prosthetic leg, prosthetic pancreas, prosthetic arm).
Orthotics involves fabricating or providing devices that support existing body part (e.g. Ankle, Foot Orthotics (AFOs), Knee Ankle, Foot Orthotics (KAFOs), Foot Orthotics, Footwear modification, Upper limb bracing).
Prosthetist and Orthotist until recently completed a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthoitcs which was a 4 year course only offered at Latrobe University City Campus (Bundoora). The course has changed to a Bachelor of Health Science Master in Prosthetics and Orthotics.
The Australian Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is the body that most clinicians are registered with. Prosthetists and Orthotists are not registered with AHPRA and cannot access any medicare funding.
Funding for prosthetics and orthotics can be accessed through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the State Wide Equipment program (SWEP) – although funding in this body is reducing, or through TAC, work cover or private health insurance.
AOPA provide a list of practitioners.
AOPA – Australia Orthotic Prosthetic Association
Email Geoff – firstname.lastname@example.org