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What is an Orthotist?
An Orthotist is a tertiary qualified Allied Health Professional who is responsible for assessing and providing orthotic therapy for people who experience physical and functional limitations resulting from injury, illness and disability. Orthotists are trained to prescribe, design, fabricate, fit and monitor orthoses worn by patients. At Interface Orthotics, our three Orthotists are all Qualified, Insured and are members of the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA).

Meet the Team

Our Director Paul Sprague opened Interface Orthotics in 2014, but has been based in Melbourne at NeuroMuscular Orthotics (NMO) since mid-2016. The connection between Interface and NMO stretches back to mid 2015 when Paul wanted to introduce new technologies to his clients in Perth. Paul collaborated with NMO Director, Darren Pereira, who shared clinical advice, technical knowledge and fabrication services to improve outcomes for West Australians. In particular, the provision of carbon fiber orthoses, Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses, and Dynamic GRAFOs incorporating the Posterior Dynamic Element (PDE), are now services which Interface Orthotics specialises in through the ongoing relationship with NMO.

Between the two clinics, our six Orthotists share clinical cases and work together to provide world class orthotic services. This gives us great opportunities for professional development, and our team are regularly invited to contribute at consumer events, professional seminars and conferences.




What are orthoses?
The technical term for any body brace or support is an orthosis (plural: Orthoses). Orthoses are commonly referred to as orthotics, braces, splints and supports, and are often used to compensate for difficulties in the muscular, skeletal or neurological systems.

 

Who uses orthoses?
Our patients vary greatly, and while some share common pathologies and diagnoses, their individual requirements can be quite unique. Many of our patients are looking for a solution to help overcome the limitations resulting from acute fractures, sports injuries or chronic pain.
Our patients with Scoliosis usually require bracing for the duration of growth of the spine, to prevent progression or even correct a curvature in the spine. Others require long term support to improve mobility restrictions caused by cerebral palsy, spina bifida, stroke, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, spinal cord injury or peripheral nerve damage, among others.


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Why Interface Orthotics?
An orthosis is essentially an interface between an individual and their environment. Orthotics is the clinical specialty within the allied health professions dedicated to providing orthoses for the whole body. At Interface Orthotics, we seek to provide body bracing and supports, interfaces, to improve the relationship between our patients and their environment.
  
 

Funding?

We currently work with NDIS, CAEP, most private health agencies. Our fee structure is based on an hourly rate and is charged for time spent with patients, time spent in the fabrication studio, time spent record keeping and time spent reporting to referrers. All of these activities are part of responsibly providing the highest quality orthotic service in Western Australia.

Our fee structure ensures that the sustainability of our business does not rely on us having to sell goods to you. We don't want to sell you something you don't need, and we're sure you don't want us to. For the same reason, we will not charge an arbitrary 'markup' on prefabricated orthoses, components, materials or consumables. We provide these to you at a price which is reflective of the actual cost of these items because Interface Orthotics is a therapy provider, not a retailer.