Musculoskeletal bracing solutions from head to toe
Helping you and your family live actively and independently.
For over 35 years we’ve been supporting Australians with a wide range of orthopaedic services. Whether recovering from a sports injury, managing diabetic complications, or living with a neuromuscular condition, our specialist orthotists can help you stay on the move.
Our mission is to empower you to live independently. We understand that sometimes life gets in the way and slows us down.
Our team are committed to understanding your needs, goals and ambitions and ensuring that we tailor orthotic prescription to your individual needs.
Frequently asked Orthotics questions
What is an Orthotist?
An orthotist is a healthcare professional who makes and fits braces and splints (orthoses) for people who need added support for body parts that have been weakened by injury, disease, or disorders of the nerves, muscles, or bones.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are any external body brace or support which can can be used for the alignment of a joint, immobilisation of a body part or to change the weight distribution for parts of the body.
Sometimes they are referred to as an orthosis or in the plural, orthoses. A common misconception is that orthotics are just used within patient’s footwear – orthotics are applied to all areas of a patient’s body for corrective purposes.
Do orthotists just work with feet?
No, Orthotists assess, manufacture and fit orthotics for the whole body. This includes feet, ankles, knees, hips, spinal, upper limb and cranial orthoses.
Do I need a referral to see an Orthotist?
Not necessarily, but some health insurance companies may ask for a referral when you are claiming your Orthotics.
Feel free to call your local oapl clinic and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Can you modify other companies orthotics?
Preferably not. It is circumstantial in regard to whether you can continue to receive services from your original provider. If you can see the original company provider that is the preferred approach. However, if emergency modifications are necessary and you cannot see the original provider we are more than happy to assist.
Can I go to any oapl clinic?
Of course! We have metropolitan and regional clinics right across Australia. Usually we will be able to book you in with your closest clinic to meet your needs.
I'm on the NDIS. Do you work with them?
Yes. oapl clinicians are registered with the NDIS and are able to assist with all your orthotic needs. This includes providing written assessments, quotes, information for plan reviews, as well as providing the treatment you require.
Do I have to be seen at an oapl clinic or can I be seen at my home?
oapl clinicians can see you in our clinic, in your home, or in some hospitals as required. There may be an extra fee if you prefer to be seen at home, but we always try to ensure you are seen at a time and location that is most convenient for you.