Orthotic Assessment Clinic

Patients with long-term disabilities requiring assessment for orthotic supports or surgical footwear can be referred by relevant medical professionals. These include:

  • Needs Assessment/ Service Co-ordination service
  • Physiotherapy Services
  • District Nursing Services
  • Registered Medical Practitioners
  • Other disability services

Please note: Referral describes only the process of requesting that the orthotic service assess a person for specific outcomes. It does not include the prescribing or ordering of a particular orthosis.

Referred patients are assessed by an Orthopaedic Specialist along with an Orthotist. There is no charge to the patient for the assessment.

The Orthotic Centre does not operate as an orthopaedic or rheumatology outpatient clinic. The specialist provides orthotic assessment only. Referrals must contain a diagnosis, relevant medical history, and ACC number (if applicable).

This assessment clinic is not funded for acute (short-term) conditions.

We recommend children with disabilities first be referred to an appropriate Orthopaedic or Paediatric service. These patients may require other treatment such as physiotherapy, botox, surgery, etc. These services will prescribe orthotics as they see fit. Often, for example, a child will be prescribed AFOs, but will need physiotherapy to maximise their use. By working with the physiotherapist we obtain a better outcome.