Prosthetist’s Role

Prosthetist’s Role

Why choose a Prosthetist?

A Prosthetist is a tertiary qualified, allied health professional trained in the assessment, prescription manufacture, provision and ongoing review of a prosthesis. A Prosthetist is trained to provide artificial limbs to aid function, movement and cosmetic appearance (cosmesis) in line with a client’s goals. Their main goal is to improve the quality of life for clients under through provision of suitable artificial limbs

Definition: A Prosthesis (pl. Prostheses) is an artificial device attached or applied to the body to replace a missing part. The purpose of a prosthesis is to restore function and/or improve appearance (AOPA, 2020)  

A Prosthetist is trained to provide artificial limbs for a variety of different amputations, including;

Lower limb

  • Transtibial (Below Knee)
  • Transfemoral (Above Knee)
  • Knee Disarticulation
  • Rotation-Plasty / Van Ness
  • Symes Amputation
  • Partial Foot

Upper Limb

  • Transradial (below elbow)
  • Transhumeral (above elbow)
  • Partial hand
  • Digit amputation

All Clinicians at Barwon Prosthetics and Orthotics are qualified Prosthetist’s/Orthotists, and active members of Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA). All clinical staff regularly perform continuing professional education to enhance their skills and build on their current knowledge.

Please see a link to the Australia Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA), outlining the description of a Prosthetist’s role https://www.aopa.org.au/documents/item/320