Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician (VIC)
Education and Training:
To become a prosthetic/orthotic technician you usually have to complete a traineeship in Prosthetic/Orthotic Technology. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
*Course is offered by more than one institution. Click link for details.
Prosthetic/orthotic technicians work in special units located in major teaching hospitals, charitable institutions and in private employment.
Job opportunities depend on the need for prostheses and orthoses, often resulting from amputations (as a result of cancer, accidents, burns, diabetes and other causes), as well as advances in technology and the manufacture of prostheses and orthoses, using new materials and electronics.
For Further Information:
Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association Inc. (National Office)
Information for other states and territories: