1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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2399-15 Orthotist

Designs, builds, fits and repairs splints, braces, callipers and related appliances to restore functions or compensate for muscular or skeletal disabilities.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • works with doctors and therapists in the care and treatment of patients
  • consults, designs and selects materials and components, taking casts and measurements, making modifications, and performing fittings
  • evaluates the function and appearance of the device on the patient and advises patients on its use
  • may examines patient needs and assist physicians in pre-surgical planning and design for the construction of devices
  • may supervise the functions of support personnel and laboratory or workshop activities


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