Orthotic Services

Orthotics were a concern for many at the 2014 conference. Work has been undertaken with the Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute of Chicago to develop a survey on orthotics issues and needs of all our members. This was piloted with Christchurch members of Polio NZ and then sent to 575 polio survivors, replies being received from 253 people, 128 of who use orthotic services and 125 who did not. The results show the provision of orthotic services to polio survivors could be improved in a number of areas. Recommendations for improvement include better assessment of service, a constructive dialogue between DHBs, orthotic providers and Polio NZ and representation to the Ministry of Health for the better provision of orthotic services through policy innovation and funding to DHBs. The Orthotic Users Survey of Members 2016 can be found here.