opsa mission is to:
information taken from OPSA pamphlet)
Provide professional and caring service and on-going support
to all people requiring rehabilitation in which prostheses or orthoses are
Design, manufacture, develop and improve the fit and function of
prostheses and orthoses.
Increase our understanding of human interactions with prosthetics and orthotics.
Continue research and development of prosthetic and orthotic systems
in a medical/clinical environment.
a comprehensive range of prosthetic limbs through the Artificial Limb Scheme.
We are committed to assisting patients in regaining their independence, confidence
and the best possible mobility. To do this we are proud to offer you personal,
one on one relationships with our highly qualified practitioners. We believe
in treating the person as a whole. Each patient is evaluated and consulted
by our rehabilitation specialists and
experienced prosthetists. Our education program will help you regain your
self-confidence and familiarise you with available resources. Our door remains
open to provide you with any assistance should you require it at any time.
provides services of the highest possible standard
OPSA operates in purpose built facilities at Daw Park. The facility boasts
free disabled parking and disabled access. We also have access to the most
up to date Rehabilitation Unit, which offers Outpatient care, physiotherapy,
hydrotherapy and occupational therapy. Wards providing 40 beds for inpatient
needs are also available.
you set up and started
the need to rely on prosthetics or orthotics is not easy. At OPSA we lead
you through the processes of mental and physical adjustment. Our whole team
is involved in providing a multi disciplinary assessment and individually
designed treatment programme. Our interim prosthetic rehabilitation is acknowledged
as one of the best in the country.
Pre-operative and pre-admission assessment is conducted to give the patient
and their family as much information as possible and to allow the team to
start preparing the most appropriate treatment plan.
What prosthetists & orthotists do, to care for you... Prosthetists and
Orthotists work as part of a rehabilitation team. They work with people with
disabilities in a clinical environment.
To enhance a patient's quality of life and to make correct decisions the prosthetist/orthotist
must understand the anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and pathologies of the
human body. Whatever OPSA provides is seen as an extension or enhancement
of the patients existing abilities.
They also work with other health professionals
as required. These include physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, occupational
therapists, bio-engineers, social workers and nurses.
OPSA is at the forefront of prosthetic and
orthotic treatment and development in Australia
Our qualified prosthetists and orthotists are members of the Australian Orthotic
and Prosthetic Association. A comprehensive service is offered at our centre,
in hospitals and in the home. All OPSA staff are involved in ongoing education
to ensure they are aware of all new products, treatments and developments
in prosthetics and orthotics.
The prosthetist is primarily concerned with the replacement of limbs following
The artificial limb must look and function as closely as possible to the patient's
natural limb. The most important step in creating a prosthesis is the interface
between the patient and the artificial limb. Creating the right shape of the
socket requires a thorough knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the
body and of the forces that are applied during the walking cycle. A successful
socket fit will minimise energy consumption and maximise the benefits of available
components and technologies.
The orthotist creates devices which provide
support to part of the patient's body. These include compensation for paralysed
muscles, provide relief from pain, prevent orthopaedic deformities from progressing
and provide support and protection while undertaking physical activities.