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Role and key duties

Orthotists are responsible for the provision of orthoses (supportive devices) to people with muscular and skeletal disabilities. They aim to maximise the function and comfort of the client by providing the most appropriate orthotic treatment.

Duties may include: establishing clients' needs by conducting a physical examination; providing advice to other health care professionals in pre-surgical planning and in the formulation of prescriptions for prostheses or orthoses; designing, fabricating, fitting and aligning the prostheses or orthoses; testing the effectiveness and comfort of these aids and educating clients regardingtheir use; recording and reporting clinical information; and supervising and supporting personnel.

Minimum qualification required

Completion of a Degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Recommended qualification

Degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Job Family

Health and allied health
Allied health is about the prevention, treatment and management of illness and ensuring the wellbeing of Victorians, young and old. Allied health professionals can work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be hospital or community based.

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