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Orthotics and Prosthetics is a hands-on health science that combines technology and art. It focuses on the design, construction and application of Orthosis and Prostheses - assistive devices that are applied externally to the body to help improve movement and independence in people who have physical and functional limitations. Orthotics and Prosthetics studies anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, prosthetic and orthotic prescription, and design and fabrication - including material properties, ergonomics and digital design. This field operates in a clinical and technical setting and works in a collaborative and integrated way with other medical specialties, such as Orthopaedics, to provide patients with the best health outcomes.

Orthotics and Prosthetics Jobs

Orthotist/Prosthetist prescribe, design, construct, fit and modify orthoses and prostheses. They work in clinical settings, such as allied health and rehabilitation departments in hospitals. They also work in private orthotic/prosthetic facilities, NGOs, and in academia and research departments. They work with medical specialists and patients to produce high quality devices that improve patients’ function, mobility and quality of life. They can adjust and adapt the devices to meet the patient’s needs. They may manage a team of technicians who help with the design and construction process. Orthotist/Prosthetists have completed a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours), or Bachelor of Applied Science with an extended major or Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Orthotics/Prosthetics Technicians assist the Orthotist/Prosthetist in designing, constructing and tailoring Orthoses and Prostheses for patients. They practice quality assurance procedures and produce quality devices that meet the patient’s needs and specifications. They work behind-the-scenes in a technical workshop setting. Prosthetic/Orthotic Technicians complete a Certificate III in Orthotic and Prosthetic Technology as well as placement training.