Senior Lecturer in Prosthetics and Orthotics at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia Michael has worked as an academic at La Trobe University for 15 years and taught a wide variety of prosthetics and research subjects to students in the Bachelor of Applied Science/Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics double degree. Michael currently serves as the Discipline Lead in Prosthetics and Orthotics. In conjunction with is teaching and administrative responsibilities, Michael’s recent research has sought to help inform difficult decisions about amputation surgery using a shared decision making approach.
Physiotherapist Rope Neuro Rehab Julie has extensive experience within acute neurosurgical and neuromedical, rehabilitation units and community teams with both young and elderly client groups. She has headed Rope Neuro Rehabilitation in providing proactive rehabilitation options for the neuro population across Auckland in community and clinic as well as leading educational opportunities. More recently on behalf of the Duncan foundation, Julie has embarked on developing the specialist skills to assess and manage people affected by Polio and the management of the late effects of living with Polio disability. Julie is providing assessment clinics and resources alongside educational lectures on the assessment and management of Polio. She is excited about the prospect of facilitating access to neurological rehabilitation options to those with other neuromuscular conditions.
Occupational therapist and self-employed entrepreneur Born with parts of my limbs missing: my left leg ends at the knee and my right hand and foot are missing, Dan is passionate about advocating for individuals with physical differences and challenging perspectives on health.
Human Study Lecturer and Professional Standards Officer AOPA Louise is an experienced orthotic/prosthetic lecturer with experience across a number of settings, including in Australia, Africa and Asia. She is passionate about ensuring that communities are provided with safe and effective O&P practitioners through ensuring both effective education, and appropriate practice standards. She acts as the Professional Standards Officer for the orthotic/prosthetic profession in Australia. As a lecturer for Human Study e.V. she has participated in developing and delivering world class education via a blended learning model. This model breaks down the barriers to education experienced by those living in areas without access to internationally accredited O&P education.
Orthotics- Business Development Manager Prior to Ottobock, Jonathan Fragale worked as a clinical orthotist in Sydney, NSW. He has worked in all clinical settings (acute, sub-acute and chronic) and in many clinical areas such as neuromuscular and orthopaedics. Jonathan has always been an advocate of evidence based practice and using state-of- the-art technologies to help patients meet their goals and increase their participation level.
Orthotist & Director of NeuroMuscular Orthotics Darren Pereira has 24 years’ experience as an Orthotist, and is a passionate innovator in the profession. He has exclusively provided composite orthoses since 1998 and is Australia’s most experienced clinician in the provision of KAFOs and laminated Dynamic GRAFOs. As a regular invited speaker and contributor to consumer events, Darren tirelessly promotes the capabilities of Orthotists to provide excellent solutions for individuals with neuromuscular impairment.
Orthotist & Director of NeuroMuscular Orthotics Paul Sprague has 10 years’ experience in Orthotics, and has been experimenting with yielding below-knee orthoses since graduating in 2008. His collaboration with Darren commenced while living in Perth in 2011, and throughout the following years they have introduced many new orthotic technologies to their Australian clients and colleagues. Paul believes that Orthotists should aim to be providing services which reflect their full capabilities in order to deliver the best outcomes for clients.
Physiotherapist, Revo Medica Darren is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who over the past 7 years has worked with the design and clinical application of Boa dial products. He is the clinical advisor with Revo Medica who is the Australian and New Zealand distributor of the Click Medical range that provides adjustment to Prosthetic and Orthotic devices using Boa dials.
Monique Van Den Boom
Prosthetist & Director of ProMotion Prosthetics Monique is a La Trobe University graduate (2003) and has wide-ranging experience from employment in the UK, Australia and Haiti. Working in both private and public systems has exposed her to all aspects required to successfully treat clients across the full expanse of Upper and Lower limb prosthetics and rehabilitation.
Senior Occupational Therapist, Epworth Healthcare With experience across public, private and military rehabilitation services, Abby currently works at Epworth Rehabilitation in Melbourne, Australia. She provides Occupational Therapy to clients with multi-trauma injuries, including traumatic amputation, and is involved in Australia’s Melbourne-based Osseointegration and Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Program.
Neurological Physiotherapist at Rope Neuro Rehab Mark McIntosh graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2010. He completed his early rotations in North Yorkshire before specialising in neurological rehab, acute respiratory and trauma management across various sites in the UK. Mark has further developed these skills during his time in New Zealand adapting to work with private and ACC clients in the Rope Neuro clinic and community settings. Alongside his physiotherapy interests, Mark works as a disability ski instructor and volunteers as an expedition medic/physiotherapist in adventure races and ultramarathons around the world.
Orthotist at the Orthotic Centre, Auckland Mark Leonida joined the Orthotic Centre and latterly Orthotic Active in February 2009, after returning to New Zealand from the UK, where he honed his clinical and technical skills over a 20-year period in specialised orthotic practices. Working in both public and private as well as military environments, Mark has utilised his multidisciplinary facets to achieve the best outcomes for his clients.
Executive Officer, AOPA Leigh Clarke is the Executive Officer of the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA). Prior to this Leigh worked as an Orthotist/Prosthetist in both a clinical and research role. In conjunction with Association management activities, Leigh is also a Board member of Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) and the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP). Leigh has a keen interest in standards and codes for the O&P profession and the role of Associations to support the delivery of safe and effective health services by certified practitioners.
Orthotist/Prosthetist Gary is an Orthotist and Prosthetist, with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Gait Analysis and Advanced Prosthetics. Specialising in returning patient to their activity level and often beyond. Currently developing orthoses that allow patients to return to their goal activity levels.