Orthotics care is the assessment and fitting of orthoses. Othoses are devices used to change the force applied to the body, such as footwear.
Orthoses can be custom-made, customised or fitted as prefabricated devices.
Examples of the types of ortheses we prescribe and fit are:
Prosthetic care is the assessment and fitting of prostheses. Protheses are custom-made appliances which aim to restore the function of an amputated limb as much as possible.
Throughout the amputee rehabilitation process, we use different types of prostheses such as:
We provide both upper and lower limb prosthetic care. We also provide education and gait training.
Orthotic management is provided on a fee-for-service basis.
A concession rate is available for patients who hold a valid Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card.
Some outpatients may be eligible to apply for funding through the State-Wide Equipment Program (SWEP).
Patients with DVA, TAC or WorkCover may be eligible for funding for orthotic management.
If you have private health insurance with extras cover you may be eligible to receive some benefits but it is good to check with your fund prior to your appointment.
Austin Health inpatients are generally not charged for orthotic management conducted during their hospital stay and is necessary for safe discharge from hospital.
The Victorian Artificial Limb Program (VALP), TAC, WorkCover and DVA will generally cover the cost of a prosthesis.
Ask your prosthetist if you are unsure whether this applies to you.