WCH Orthotists help patients with musculoskeletal problems by providing external supports called orthoses to protect, support or improve function of affected areas.
Designs and materials vary depending on the particular problem but orthoses are generally lightweight and durable.
Orthotists assess patients and then design, measure, manufacture, supply and fit orthoses. The staff also provide education and follow-up in the management of orthotic devices. Many orthoses are custom-made and can incorporate cheerful patterns.
Orthotists work with other allied health staff, medical and nursing staff to provide patients with appropriate supports.
Services are provided to WCH inpatients and outpatients.
Written referrals are accepted from accredited Medical Practitioners of the WCH. We will let you know your appointment time once we have received the referral.
Referrals are prioritised by clinical need and appointments offered in order of priority.
Treatment can be provided for all children and women who are eligible for WCH services including inpatients and outpatients.
After an initial assessment is made, an individual management plan is developed.
There is no costs associated with inpatient, paediatric emergency and acute outpatient orthotics services.
Non-acute outpatients must pay a charge based on the cost of materials for orthoses. Health care card holders, pensioners and people with a disability allowance are charged a maximum of $50. For all other people the maximum charge is $150.
Ground floor, Good Friday Building
Paediatric Allied Health
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
South Australia 5006
Ph (08) 8161 7381
Fax (08) 8161 7040