The Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is the peak professional body representing more than 450 orthotist/prosthetist members. The organisation was established in 1975 as the Australian Orthotic Association before becoming the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association and realising the organisation’s vision to represent all practitioners as a dual stream profession.
AOPA’s vision is to self-regulate the profession and promote the training, education and professional status of orthotist/prosthetists throughout Australia.
AOPA engages in a range of advocacy activities to support recognition for the profession in Australia. AOPA works to strengthen professional development standards, advocate for increased professional recognition and enhance the association’s self-regulation mechanism.
AOPA aims to strengthen alliances with federal and state government, industry stakeholders, employers and the public. AOPA will continue to represent its membership and consumers on a wide range of issues including qualifications, professional standards and funding matters.
Orthotics/ Prosthetics is a self-regulated profession. Members of AOPA voluntarily commit to upholding the professional standards set by the association to use the title Certified Orthotist/Prosthetist. Orthotist/ Prosthetists are required to complete continuing professional development requirements as a component of membership and uphold a suite of standards and codes.