Prosthetic solutions for an active and independent lifestyle
Specialising in advanced upper and lower limb prosthetics for all amputees.
Over the past 35 years, we’ve helped thousands of Australians living with limb difference to move with confidence and regain their independence. Having an amputation can be a traumatic and challenging experience; we understand that a prosthetic team you can rely on is key to achieving your goals and ambitions.
Whether you’re looking to walk more comfortably, or go for gold at the next Olympics, our aim is to build a lifelong relationship with you to achieve all that you want to achieve. Think of our team as your physical, emotional and mental support for you as an amputee.
The difference we can create in your life, for us, is what it’s all about.
Frequently asked Prosthetics questions
What are prosthetics?
Prosthetics are artificial limbs fitted to amputees who are missing all or part of their limbs. They can be in the form of upper (arm) or lower (leg) prostheses and are usually required for patients who have lost limbs through trauma, disease or congenital conditions.
Why should I wear a prosthesis?
A prosthesis is simply a device that is designed to replace part or all of a missing limb. Whether you want to wear a prosthesis or not is a personal choice and is entirely up to you. The best prostheses are those that help you regain your independence and empower you to live the way you want. Whether your goals are simply walking or running a marathon, there is a device we can tailor for your needs.
What is a prosthetist? And what do they do?
A Prosthetist has a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics and is involved in the process of assessing, prescribing, fabricating, fitting and monitoring artificial upper and lower limb prosthetics for people with limb loss.
Can I shower with my prosthesis?
Not all prostheses are designed to be exposed to water. Generally, it is recommended you shower sitting down on a stool/chair. Some prosthetic legs are specifically designed for water activities and showering so it is best to check with your prosthetist regarding the water capability of your leg.
What funding is available for my prosthesis?
Currently funding for prostheses can involve multiple government bodies (state and federal), health insurers and insurance agencies; as well as the NDIS.
The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is a new program designed to allow Australians with a permanent disability the opportunity to access a new funding model that is tailored to suit their needs.
To be eligible for NDIS funding you must:
- Have a permanent impairment.
- Be aged less than 65
- Be an Australian citizen
For more information on the NDIS visit https://www.ndis.gov.au. Alternatively, oapl can help you with identifying funding options and assist with the application process.
How do I learn to to use my prosthesis?
During your initial fittings, your prosthetist guides you through the principles of using your prosthetic, fine-tuning and alignment.
However, a physiotherapist is required initially to teach you how to manage everyday scenarios such as getting in and out of cars, stairs, navigating slopes and inclines and certain tips and tricks that will help you in everyday life.