FAQs

How do i make an appointment?

Please call our offices and chat to our friendly staff to make an appointment to the clinic of your choice.

 

do i need a referral?

You do ask all the tricky questions.  The answer to this questions is yes, no and maybe! 

Yes - if you are an Enable NSW client attending a public prosthetic clinic you will need a referral from your GP to see the Rehabilitation Specialist doctor.

No - if your prosthesis is funded under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or Queensland Artificial Limb Scheme (QALS) you will not need a referral to see the prosthetist.

Please give us a call to discuss your particular circumstance with the Northern Prosthetics team.

 

how do i get there?

Most of our clients come to their appointments in private cars.  However, you may be able to access Community Transport to get to the clinics that are held in the private hospitals.  For directions, see the maps on the clinics page or give us a call.

 

is there wheelchair access?

Yes - there is wheelchair access at all our Amputee Clinics.

 

is there car parking?

Yes - there is parking available at all the Amputee Clinics.  However, it can sometimes be challenging at some of the hospitals we work at.

 

who will see me if i make an appointent?

When you make an appointment with us you will be allocated to one of our clinical prosthetists.  If you are booked into an Amputee Cliic, you will also see a Rehabilitation Specialist doctor and a Physiotherapist who specialises in amputee rehabilitation.  We can help you determine which health care practitioner you may need an appointment with when you give us a call.

 

How is a prosthesis made?

The first stage of making a prosthesis is for your prosthetist to take a cast of your stump.  They then modify that cast to make a positive model that we then use to either drape plastic over to create a diagnostic socket or laminate to make a definitive socket.  We then assemble the componentry (foot, knee etc) with the socket ready for a fitting.  See some of the thing we make by browsing our Gallery.

 

what is anaplastology

(Gk. ana-again anew, upon plastos-something made, formed, molded logy-the study of) is a branch of medicine dealing with the prosthetic rehabilitation of an absent, disfigured or malformed anatomically critically location of the face of body.
 

what are the funding options?

In 1975 the Australian government legislated the free limb scheme.  Since then there has been various iterations of government funding for prosthetic devices.  Since the 1990's each state has its own funding scheme.

Currently, an Australia wide funding scheme is being introduced to cover publically funded clients under the age of 65.  The National Disability Scheme (NDIS) will take over any state funding scheme you may have been supported under if you are an eligible participant.  To see if you are eligible to access the NDIS, see their website https://www.ndis.gov.au/ 

If you are not funded under the NDIS, you will be aligned with your state funding scheme.

NSW: Enable NSW - http://www.enable.health.nsw.gov.au/

QLD: QALS - https://www.health.qld.gov.au/qals

You may also have the option to contribute your own funds towards your prosthetic treatment.  (Eg contributing funds towards a different foot compared to the one that may be provided under the public funding scheme or purchasing activity specific prosthesis, such as a water leg.)

If your amputation was a result of a motor vehicle accident or work place accident, you may be eligible for private insurance funding to cover the cost of your prosthetic care.

If you have private health insurance you will need to talk to your insurance provider to see if your insurance plan covers any prosthetic treatment.

Useful links

Prosthetic Art Technology - https://www.prostheticarttech.com/

NDIS - https://www.ndis.gov.au/

NSW Enable - http://www.enable.health.nsw.gov.au/

QALS - https://www.health.qld.gov.au/qals

Limbs 4 Life - https://www.limbs4life.org.au/

Amputee and families support group (QLD) - http://www.amputeesnsw.org.au/

Northern Prosthetics facebook - https://www.facebook.com/northernprostheticsnsw/ 

Northern Prosthetics instagram - https://www.instagram.com/northernprosthetics/ 

Prosthetic Art Technology facebook - https://www.facebook.com/prostheticarttech/ 

Prosthetic Art Technology instagram - https://www.instagram.com/prostheticarttechnology/