Clinical Orthotists work as part of an inter-disciplinary team, building lasting relationships with patients, medical specialists and allied health professionals. They treat people of all ages and with a wide range of conditions, including acute needs, diabetic treatment, paediatrics, spinal and neuro.

What you will do

The Clinical Orthotist’s aim is to:

  • aid movement
  • correct deformity; and
  • relieve their patients’ discomfort.

This involves the clinical assessment and fitting of orthoses, with a strong focus on positive patient outcomes. Clinical Orthotists provide splints, braces and special footwear (orthotics) to correct problems or deformities in people’s nerves, muscles or bones.

Skills and knowledge

It takes more than an education to be a good orthotist. Other qualities include:

  • a commitment to continuing professional development where technology and techniques are constantly evolving
  • empathy and understanding of a patient's needs and challenges
  • an eye for detail
  • excellent communications skills
  • A ‘can do’ approach


There are currently no orthotics courses available in New Zealand.

However La Trobe University in Melbourne, and University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, offer a 4 year Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics.

A range of scholarships are available for international students.



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