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Orthotists assess, prescribe, apply, and provide information regarding braces and appliances designed and fitted to the body to achieve one or more of the following:

  • control of biomechanical alignment
  • protection and support for the healing of injuries
  • assist with rehabilitation
  • reducing pain
  • increasing mobility and independence


Orthotists work in allied health teams in the public and private health sectors. Training involves the completion of a relevant health science degree, such as podiatry, followed by an accredited masters or postgraduate program in orthotics and prosthetics. Registration with the relevant authority is required to practice in this area.