For Patients and Visitors

What is Prosthetics and Orthotics?

A Prosthesis is a replacement for a lost limb
An Orthosis is an external device used to support, correct or assist a limb 
Orthotists and Prosthetists assess clients, prescribe, design, fabricate, fit and maintain and monitor prostheses and orthoses, as well as provide education to clients.

The Prosthetic and Orthotic Department provides prosthetic and orthotic services to patients with many different pathologies.

Our service operates at the Fitzroy campus, St George’s Hospital and Caritas Christi Hospice. Custom made prostheses and orthoses are manufactured at our main site at the Fitzroy campus.

Our Staff

Our clinicians are Certified Orthotist/Prosthetists (cOP) and members of The Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA). AOPA members must uphold professional standards established by the association and participate in continuing professional development.

See link: for further information.

Our Services

Hours of Operation 

7:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday
Patients are seen by appointment only (no walk-ins).


Our Prosthetists offer pre-amputation consultations, post-operative care, rehabilitation and ongoing outpatient treatment. We can also arrange support from a trained volunteer amputee through Limbs 4 Life. See for further information.

St Vincent’s is a Victorian Artificial Limb Program (VALP) provider. Our weekly outpatient Amputee Clinic is staffed by Prosthetists and Rehabilitation Physicians and can access other health professionals such as Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists and Podiatrists.

Treatment Costs

The Victorian Artificial Limb Program (VALP), Transport Accident Commission, WorkCover, Department of Veteran Affairs and National Disability Insurance Scheme will generally cover the costs of a prosthesis. We offer a co-payment arrangement for clients wanting components or limbs not covered in these funding schemes.


Out Orthotists see patients across all areas of the hospital. Treatment includes post-operative care, rehabilitation, outpatient and community care. Some of the services provided/pathologies treated include:

  • High Risk Foot Clinic
  • St Vincent’s Community Rehabilitation Centre (at St George’s Hospital, Kew)
  • Fracture Clinic
  • Neuromuscular pathologies
  • Orthopaedic pathologies
  • Young Adult Complex Disability Clinic
  • Polio Services Victoria
  • Medical Rehabilitation Clinic

Treatment Costs

We do not charge fees for consultation, only for treatment provided such as when you are fitted with an orthosis.

Orthoses for outpatients are not covered by the hospital or by Medicare. You may be eligible for funding through certain schemes such as the State Wide Equipment Program or National Disability Insurance Scheme. See the links below for further information or talk to your Orthotist at your appointment who can provide information regarding costs.

For self-funding patients, we offer lower rates for holders of the following cards:



Prosthetic and Orthotic Department
Bolte Wing
14 Nicholson Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Postal address:
PO Box 2900
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Phone: (03) 9231 3837 (if you have a St Vincent’s UR number, please have it ready when you call)