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In addition to our regular email advice that membership fees for 2014 are now payable, we’ve also embarked on a print campaign designed to ensure everyone knows it’s time to renew.

So, keep a look out in the mail for your membership renewal notice.

Early bird renewal until 31st December.

To renew, log in to www.ispo.org.au and click on ‘register’ or ‘login’ at the top right hand side.

ISPO2013 promotes multidisciplinary learning about the management of children and young adults with Cerebral Palsy.

“Something quite remarkable happens when you bring together a multidisciplinary group of clinicians to learn from some of the world’s learning experts in a three day intensive”

We all share a common desire to provide the highest standard of clinical practice for children with Cerebral Palsy. Implicit in this axiom is the realisation that it takes a diverse team of professionals to make this happen. What better way to build great professional teams, than to really understand what everyone on the team actually does!

ISPO2013 was a three day intensive course design by leading academics and clinicians to teach best-practice and extend learning within your own discipline and build an appreciation of what everyone else on the team actually does.

“We’re very fortunate to have many of the world’s leading experts teach into this course - Prof Kerr Graham, Dr Jill Rodda, Prof Eve Blair, A/Prof Iona Novak, Simon Garbellini, Prof Christine Imms and David Phillips,” reflected Emily Duke, ISPO’s Chair Annual Scientific Meeting Liaison.

“Perhaps one of the most rewarding things to hear at these courses are delegates sharing what they’re learnt about the work of their colleagues. This really speaks to the importance of bringing people together in this way and having opportunities to share a drink or meal,” reflected Dr Michael Dillon, ISPO Australia President.

The final day saw the culmination of the previous days’ learning as groups of physiotherapists, orthotists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and medics all worked together to problem solve complex case studies. Being able to apply their knowledge in practical exercises was an enjoyable way to conclude what was an extremely full 3 days.

We’d like to congratulate the convening committee - Barry Smith, Dayna Pool, Paul Sprague, Christine Imms and Rhiannon Assetta. We’re thankful for the support of our sponsors – The Cerebral Palsy Centre, Orthotic Prosthetic Solutions, FOS Prosthetics and Orthotics – as well as the speakers and clinicians that made the course something special.

To keep up-to-date with our next course – Tuning the AFO and footwear combination: a 3-day master class with Elaine Owen – visit the website:


Stay “tuned” for more information…

ISPO Research Grant Awarded

ISPO Australia is delighted to announce the 4thISPO Australia Research Grant has beenawarded to Ms Heather Batten, of the Princess Alexander Hospital and University of Queensland.
Ms Batten’s research will explore “Walking speed as an indicator of prosthetic walkingpotential following lower limb amputation”.
The ISPO Research Grant is awarded biennially and was established with the aim toimprove research quality, strengthen the evidence supporting treatment and build the skills of early career researchers.
ISPO Australia would like to congratulate Ms Batten and her colleagues on this wonderfulachievement. We wish them well and look forward to hearing how the project progressesover the next two years.
Renee Mackenzie
Chair. Science and Education Committee

Happy 40th anniversary ISPO Australia (oh, and the Opera House too).

As the incoming Whitlam government dismantled the last vestiges of the White Australia Policy and the Opera House was opened to great fanfare, ISPO Australia was founded. The year was 1973.

For 40 years, the Australian National Member Society has worked to fulfill the Society’s mission to improve the lives of people with physical disability that require prostheses, orthoses and other assistive devices.
The 40thanniversary celebration was held at the Royal Perth Yacht Club in conjunction with the ISPO2013 instructional course.

A short speech reflecting on the society’s many achievements and celebrating the contributions by members was a special part of the evening. “I think people found it interesting to learn about the Society’s rich history and accomplishments,” remarked Dr Dillon. “It isn’t something we celebrate or promote nearly often enough.”

“In preparing the speech, it was interesting to reflect on many of ISPO Australia’s milestones compared to societal norms,” said Dr Dillon. “The inaugural ISPO Australia executive hada female board member - ValmaAngliss. This was in stark contrast to many governing bodies at the time, includingISPO International. Similarly, the Australian National Member Society welcomed its first female president – Jean Halcrow – in 1992.”

If you’d like to read more about ISPO Australia humble beginnings, its many accomplishments and the people that have contributed significantly to the society’s mission, you can read an epitome of the president’s 40th anniversary speech and look back at some of the Society’s historical photos.

LINK - speech

Mental Health First Aid Course tailored for allied health professionals working with clients who experience disability and limb loss.

Earlier this year, the Science and Education Committee announced they would be partnering with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to deliver a course tailored to Allied Health Professionals working with clients who experience disability and limb loss.

The great benefit of a tailored course will allow participants to engage in the internationally recognised MHFA curriculum, whilst working through case based examples directly relevant to their clinical context.
In August, a round table brain storming session was held at Caulfield GeneralMedical Centre, in Victoria. Eleven professionals from a range of clinical backgrounds (prosthetics, orthotics, psych-nursing, clinical psychology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy) met with a view to building a series of case scenarios relevant to professionals working with clients who experience disability and limb loss. These scenarios will, in turn inform the context in which the MHFA curriculum is delivered.
The first of these courses will be available in 2014 with the view towards offering them in a range of locations across the country.

If you are interested in attending a course in 2014 or hosting a course at your facility, please contact Renee Mackenzie via e-mail:r.mackenzie@latrobe.edu.au

For more information on the Mental Health First Aid course, please visit their website: www.mhfa.com.au

ISPO eLecture Series

ISPO ISPO recently launched the ISPO eLearning Lecture Series, which provides access to key lectures in broad discipline areas from around the world. The series promotes a balance of topic areas, reflecting the society’s multidisciplinary emphasis.

Lectures include research results, clinical findings, topics of general interest and contributions from the industry. One of the most important emphases of the Series is to capture and share keynote addresses from ISPO World Congresses and from regional or national Member Society events around the world.

ISPO members can see the lectures that have been uploaded to date at: http://www.ispoint.org/ispo-elearning, including the following:

The inaugural Knud Jansen lecture at the ISPO World Congress in Hyderabad (India) presented by Mr. Carson Harte on 4 February 2013.

Prof. Dr. Edward Lemaire’s keynote address on Intelligent Biomechanical Machines, delivered during the ISPO World Congress 2013.

Building relationships across the Pacific

In mid-October, ISPO Outreach Committee member Ashley Morphet and ISPO Australia President, Michael Dillon, had the opportunity to meet with Taukoriri (Tau) Tibiriano. Tau was visiting Melbourne from his home in the Pacific nation of Kiribati (pronounced Kiri-bus). Tau is the Manager of the P&O/Rehab centre that recently burnt down in Tarawa, Kirbati.


Tau, Ash and Mick spent a few hours walking along Melbourne’s iconic Southbank, chatting about Rehab, comparing stories, talking P&O technology and discussing how ISPO can assist in the re-building phase of the P&O/Rehab centre in Kiribati. The ISPO Outreach committee has been instrumental in organising for a container of goods to be shipped to Kiribati, as well as an ISPO member to fly across to assist with set-up and training of staff in the interim workshop.


There were many laughs over food and beer, and it provided an invaluable chance for two groups to form a strong bond with a common goal of providing Rehab Services to those in need.

BIG thank you to the convening committee.

On behalf of the ISPO Australia Executive, and all members, I’d like to congratulate the convening committee of ISPO2013.

We’re thankful to Barry Smith, Dayna Pool and their convening committee for bringing our course – multidisciplinary management of children with Cerebral Palsy - to clinicians in Western Australia.

Pictured: Rhiannon Assetta, Paul Sprague, Barry Smith, Emily Duke, Dayne Pool and Christine Imms (pictured with
Michael Dillon, ISPO Australia President)

Thanks to Law Comfort: 40 free memberships.

Thanks to the generous donation by Law Comfort, 40 delegates at the ISPO2013 Instructional Course have received a one year membership to ISPO Australia.

“As part of ISPO Australia’s 40th we wanted to mark the occasion by doing something a little special,” reflected Michael Dillon, ISPO Australia President.

“Offering 40 delegates the opportunity to experience the benefits of ISPO membership seemed like a great way to give something back and promote the society’s great work in education, research and outreach.”

Given that the instructional course appeals to such a diverse multidisciplinary audience, it was also a wonderful opportunity to bring ISPO to a new audience befitting the Society’s mission. “We hope that, over time, this initiative will see ISPO Australia’s membership grow and become more representative of the professional community we serve,” described Dr Dillon.

George Carter honoured for his services.

As part of ISPO Australia’s 40th anniversary celebrations, Barry Smith paid tribute to George Carter for his services to children living with Cerebral Palsy and ISPO Australia.

Barry Smith, co-founder of Orthotic Prosthetic Solutions, paid a tribute reflecting on his early years as an orthotist working in the various clinics that George managed. “George was respected as a mentor, surgeon and clinical leader with a special interest in orthotics,” reflected Barry.

George served on the board of ISPO Australia in the early 1990s and was responsible for establishment of the society’s Outreach program, Scientific and Education Committee and incorporation.

“It was George’s vision to see the quality of education and research in prosthetics and orthotics improve,” described ISPO Australia President, Dr Michael Dillon, “and it is why the society’s new investigator award now bears his name.”
“It isn’t very often you get to be in a room and see someone so universally admired for their professional contribution,” reflected Dr Dillon. “The spontaneous and unsolicited standing ovation was heart-warming to see.”

Congratulations George.

FREE access to the latest research

Read these articles free of charge until 18th December:

Incidence of the boundary condition between bone and soft tissue in a finite element model of a transfemoral amputee.
Juan Fernando Ramírez and Jaime Andrés Vélez

Revision of total knee arthroplasty in a patient with contralateral transfemoral amputation: Case report
Camilo P Helito, Riccardo G Gobbi, Marco K Demange, Jose R Pecora, Gilberto L Camanho and Luis Eduardo P Tirico

Kinematics of lower limbs of healthy Chinese people sitting cross-legged
Hai Zhou, Anmin Liu, Dongmei Wang, Xiangsen Zeng, San Wei and Chengtao Wang

ISPO and AFRM join forces to improve orthotics training.

In September, ISPO Australia President Dr Michael Dillon, met with the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) Special Interest Group in Prosthetics and Orthotics (SIG-P&O). The purpose of the meeting was to propose that ISPO Australia and the AFRM work collaboratively to improve orthotic training for registrars and allied health professionals.

“For more than a decade, rehabilitation registrars and allied health professionals have benefited from specific training about lower limb prosthetics” described Dr Dillon.

“Recurrent courses in Sydney and Melbourne have contributed enormously to the level of understanding about prosthetic intervention. Unfortunately, basic training about orthotic management has been comparatively poor.” Dr Greg Bowring, Chair AFRM SIG-P&O and former Vice-President ISPO Australia, highlighted just how important it was for rehabilitation physicians to engage with specialist training in areas of their clinical practice.

Members of the AFRM SIG-P&O and ISPO Australia will begin work next year to develop the curriculum and identify the frequency of future training.

“Our intention is to stage the inaugural course in 2015 and as part of the planning process, identify how the course can run into perpetuity,” described Dr Dillon.

If you’re interested in becoming involved in this collaboration, please contact Dr Michael Dillon – president@ispo.org.au
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