Prosthetic and Orthotic provision, manufacture and repair

In each centre we have qualified and highly skilled technicians and prosthetists who create and produce your limb from scratch to each patient’s specific needs and requirement. In each centre NZALS has Prosthetists that create upper limbs and lower limbs depending on the needs of the individual.

Rehabilitation

Each centre has qualified and experienced rehabilitation specialists and physiotherapists that work with each patient and assist them to live an active and productive life.

Coordination

NZALS endeavours to ensure that suitable appointments and services are provided to every patient their whānau/family and caregivers each and every time they call and or visit a centre in New Zealand. This includes interconnected services between centres, and means that patients can visit any centre in NZ, for example if a patient is travelling in another region and needs adjustments etc.

Who Is Responsible for What?

Prosthetists

Assesses the patient and casts the amputated site, then builds the limb to the individual’s requirements.

Surgeon/Rehabilitation Specialist

Clinically assesses each patient for their suitability, progression and current to receive a prosthetic limb.

Physiotherapist

Assesses the patient's current physical levels of ability and provides Rehabilitation services.

The Physiotherapist will examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability where possible. In addition, Physiotherapists will develop fitness and wellness oriented programmes to aid each individual to increase mobility and live an active healthy life (PTA, 2003).

Occupational Therapist

The goal of the occupational therapist is to aid and enable the patient to participate in activities undertaken in everyday life.

Occupational Therapists achieve this by working with our patients to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they desire, need, or are expected to do. This may require modification of the occupation or the surrounds/environment to better support the occupational therapy engagement (OTNZ-WNA, 2016)

ACC Case Manager

Ensures that each patient's new limb is funded and assessed accordingly; and that there is capacity for the limb to be delivered in a timely manner.