Orthotics at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Contact details

Enquiries: (02) 9382 8184
Fax: (02) 9382 8178

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4:30pm
Office Location: Level 1, Parkes Building, Prince of Wales Hospital, High St Randwick

The Orthotics department at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick is a shared service with the Prince of Wales Hospital, providing orthotic care and rehabilitation services to children and adults of both hospitals in an inpatient and outpatient setting. The department specialises in the assessment, design, manufacture and fit of orthoses to support, correct and protect parts of the body like the head, arms, legs and spine.

The orthotics department works with a multidisciplinary and evidence based approach in collaboration with doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals in a range of clinical areas such as cerebral palsy, brain injury, scoliosis, hip dysplasia, foot disorders, spinal cord injuries, plagiocephaly, orthopaedics and neuromuscular conditions.

Clinic

Orthotics specialists assess patients for orthoses in various multidisciplinary clinics, held in the Hospital’s Outpatients Department. These include the cerebral palsy,  scoliosis, plagiocephaly, neuromuscular, ponseti, spina bifida and general orthopaedic clinics.

Orthotics staff also assess, review and fit patients with orthoses in the Orthotics Department on level 1, Parkes Building, Prince of Wales Hospital, located only metres away from Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Appointments

Patient’s referred from public clinics within the hospital are not charged for our services. Patients referred from outside the hospital are considered a private patient and will be charged accordingly.  If you have a referral please phone the Orthotics Department for an appointment.

SERVICES

Cerebral Palsy - We make and fit orthoses for cerebral palsy. Orthoses prescribed for cerebral palsy are based on the severity and the areas affected. Most common are AFO, UCBL, FO, SMO, KAFO and Hip Abduction Orthoses. Techniques for casting involves plaster cast and scanning.

Plagiocephaly - We receive referrals for plagiocephaly from neurosurgeons . We do custom made corrective helmets  for plagiocephlay and brachycephaly. We also make protective helmets for post craniotomy and other protective conditions.

Scoliosis - All patients are referred from orthopaedic specialists from within and outside the hospital. We do spinal orthoses for scoliosis such as Cheneau brace and Boston brace.  Techniques for casting involves plaster casts and scanning.

Pectus Carinatum - We fit braces for pectus carinatum. There is no outpatient clinic specialising in this condition. Patients are usually referred from chest wall specialists and GPs from outside the hospital and are treated as private patients.

Spina Bifida - We make and fit orthoses for spina bifida which includes AFO, KAFO, RGO, FO. Casting techniques includes both plaster cast and scanning.

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) - All patients are referred from an orthopaedic specialist from within and outside the hospital. We fit prefabricated hip abduction orthoses such as pavlik harness, correctio brace and rhino brace.  We also make custom made hip abduction orthoses for DDH (for the ones who don’t get the desired correction from the prefababricated orthoses).

Neuromuscular - Orthoses prescribed for neuromuscular conditions are mostly AFO, KAFO, FO. Patients are referred from the neuromuscular clinics by the specialists. Casting techniques includes both plaster cast and scanning.

General Orthopaedics - The orthotics department at the hospital caters to the general orthopaedic referrals such as fracture braces, range of motion braces and cam-walkers.

Talipes Equino-varus (CTEV) - We fit boots and bars prescribed for Congenital Talipes Equino-varus .

RESOURCES

Scoliosis

   Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association - Factsheet

      https://www.aopa.org.au/documents/item/517

   Scoliosis Australia  -  General Information

      http://www.scoliosis-australia.org/

   Curvy Girls  -  Peer Social Support

      http://www.curvygirlsscoliosis.com/

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

      http://www.healthyhipsaustralia.org.au/

      http://hipdysplasia.org/

STAFF

Name

Position

Area of Expertise

Ruth Baker

Manager

Paediatrics

Peter Hawes

Deputy Manager

Adults

Roger Dart

Orthotist

Plagiocephaly

Wayne  Borgelt

Orthotist

Scoliosis

Timothy Mulling

Orthotist

Cerebral Palsy

Felicity Williams

Orthotist

Scoliosis

Anastasia Stefanis

Orthotist

Adults

Janice Rajan

Orthotist

Adults/Paediatrics

Rachael Charles            

Orthotist

Cerebral Palsy

Harrison Vidler

Orthotist

Paediatrics

Kayla Osinski

Orthotist

Adults/Paediatrics

Brett Nicholas

Technician

Robert Lee

Technician

Victor Banschikoff

Technician

Garry Ward

Technician

Cheryll Calabia

Technician

Baskaran Kothandan

Technician

Terry Arthur

Admin

Stephanie Nielsen

Admin