Orthotists works with patients who have partial or total absence of a limb or a disabling condition of a limb or the spine. Orthotists fit patients with orthopaedic braces or prostheses.

Duties and tasks

  • Examines patients to assess the need for braces or prostheses
  • Fits and adjusts devices on patients to make sure of proper fit, comfort and function
  • Instructs patients on how to use and care for braces or prostheses
  • Maintains patients records
  • Repairs and rebuilds existing prosthetic and orthopaedic devices
  • Researches new ways to build and utilise orthopaedic and prosthetic devices
  • Trains and supervises assistants, technicians and support staff

Skills required

  • Able to think "outside of the box" -- creative problem solving
  • Good people skills
  • Licensed as an orthotists
  • Pays attention to details
  • Strong background in anatomy, physiology, math and science

Working conditions

Orthotists work in an office or hospital setting and typically work for 40 hours a week. The workday is spent directly with patients, working on devices and maintaining paperwork.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association 

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