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Newsletter September 2012



We're pleased to announce that this year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be a special event including: welcome reception and a special keynote address by Research Associate Professor, Stefania Fatone from Northwestern University's Prosthetic and Orthotic Research Centre; Feinberg School of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.   

The AGM will take place on the 3rd December, 2012 from 5pm at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Convention Centre.   We invite members of ISPO Australia to join us for drinks and finger-food from 5pm. The AGM commences at 6pm (AEST) with the keynote address to follow at 7pm.   Dr Fatone will deliver a keynote address overviewing the work of the highly successful Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centre (RERC) in prosthetics and orthotics. The audience will be able to opt to learn more about several different research projects in a choose-your-own-adventure style presentation including recent work examining the needs of farmers and ranchers with amputation.   

If you're planning to attend the ISPO2012 Advanced Instructional Course on Orthotic Management of Stroke in Melbourne, you'll note these events will run back-to-back.   More information about the AGM will be available in due course.   We look forward to seeing you there.





This multidisciplinary course will bring together leading clinical researchers to examine the evidence for orthoses used by persons living with stroke.   

To complement the keynote presentations, a workshop will show how modified Emory Functional Ambulation Profile (mEFAP) - a stroke specific outcome measure - can be used with a client to assess the effectiveness of orthotic intervention and evidence changes to prescription. 

A must for all allied health professionals and rehabilitation specialists.   Keynote speakers include : Associate Research Professor Stefania Fatone (Northwestern University), Dr Aileen Ibuki (Melbourne Orthotics), Associate Professor Natasha Lannin (Occupational Therapy, Alfred Hospital) and Mr Robert Mehan (Physiotherapy, St Vincent's Hospital).   

If you'd like to learn more about the course: see a program, learn more about the speakers, read the abstracts or register to attend follow the link.   Places are strictly limited to 40 persons per venue – so register early.  

ISPO ANMS Outreach Committee attends CBR Conference in Fiji  

In June this year, ISPO Australia Outreach Committee (OC) members Lee Brentnall and Andrew Jolly attended the Pacific Community Based Rehabilitation Forum in Fiji.  

The four-day conference was hosted by the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) with support from AusAID and the World Health Organisation (WHO).  

The meeting was a significant regional event that brought together key stakeholders to identify regional and national actions necessary to strengthen Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) as a strategy to support the realisation of the Convention of Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  

Participants from 13 different Pacific Island Nations attended the forum, as well as attendees from East Timor, New Zealand and Australia. This included representatives from Government, Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) and Rehabilitation Service Providers.  

The CBR Forum was officially opened with an announcement by AusAID of a $4.5 million contribution from the Australian Government to disability development in the Pacific. This news generated a real energy and optimism for the remainder of the forum for all attendees.  

Chair Outreach Committee, Lee Brentnall provided an overview of prosthetic and orthotic service delivery in a pacific island context, including ISPO Australia's history development of the Tunguru Rehabilitation Service in Kiribati and facilitation of regional seminars.  

The forum was an important step in reestablishing ISPO Australia's involvement in the South Pacific and, in particular, raising awareness of the importance of prosthetic and orthotic services to tackling some of the most significant health care concerns in the region such as the exceedingly high rates of diabetic related foot complications and lower limb amputation. The forum also provided opportunities to build relationships and discuss initiatives such as up skilling of prosthetic/orthotic technicians through Fiji University.  

Andrew Jolly, Outreach Committee.


Following several enquiries from recently retired professionals, a proposal was put to the Executive Committee that there should be a reduced membership fee for those who are now retired, but still wish to be a part of the ISPO ANMS community.  

The retired professionals rate of $90- per calendar year, was developed in recognition of the long standing support  these professionals have made to the society, said Sue Foss, Membership Secretary.   

Retired membership rates still entitle members to a range of benefits including: voting rights at AGM, discounted registration at ISPO Australia's advanced instructional courses and conferences as well as subscription to the Society's journal, Prosthetics and Orthotics International.  

If you, or someone you know, might meet the criteria for retired membership, please contact the Membership Secretary at to discuss eligibility: membership@ispo.org.au   Sue Fraser Membership Co-Ordinator


Earlier this quarter we bid farewell to Ms Stephanie Lomax, Honorary Secretary of ISPO Australia.  Although Steph's tenure with the organisation was brief, we're grateful for the contribution she made to the secretariat as well as her efforts to help build terms of reference for the various subcommittees. We wish Steph well with her return to tertiary studies and in particular, her long-term plans to become involved in medical administration.

We're most fortunate to have co-opted Mr Aaron Williams to the role of Honorary Secretary.

Aaron has had a diverse and interesting career having lived in many different countries - Japan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Australia – and worked in a variety of roles: sales representative, manger, clinician and academic. As part of the ISPO accreditation of prosthetics and orthotics schools in Cambodia and Sri Lanka, Aaron developed good working relationships with many members of the worldwide ISPO community. Through these experiences, and his more recent move into private practice, Aaron brings a wealth of experience to the role of Honorary Secretary and the Executive Committee.

If you'd like to learn more about Aaron's background and experience, you can do so via this link.

Please join me in welcome Aaron to the Executive Committee.

Michael Dillon

President. ISPO Australia.



The ISPO World Congress in India is shaping up to be a truly memorable event. Here is just a sample:

Carson Harte, Chief Executive of the Cambodia Trust, will deliver the Knud Jansen Lecture during the Opening Ceremony. The Knud Jansen lecture was initiated to honour the founder of ISPO and President from 1970-1977. Dr Jansen was an esteemed orthopaedic surgeon in Denmark and Chairman of the Danish Orthopaedic Association and the Danish Society of Rehabilitation.

Some 500 abstracts have been received and due to the high quality of the submissions, the number of free paper sessions has been doubled! You can download a copy of the scientific program here.

If you want to get inspired by the possibility of a trip to India, take a look at the promotional video – Incredible India.

Early bird Registration closes on the 30th November 2012 and members save 15% on early bird registration fees.


We recently became aware of issues relating to ISPO Australia's mail and write to advise of the possibility that some communication from our members may not have made it to us. We're so very sorry for any problems you may have had communicating with us and the inconvenience this has caused.

If you think you may have been affected, please contact the Honorary Secretary, Aaron Williams either by email: secretary@ispo.og.au or phone: (03) 9458 2006.

Over the years ISPO Australia's correspondence has been redirected to individuals that have held the position of Honorary Secretary and most recently it was discovered that the PO Box itself had been closed. With some perseverance, a degree of diplomacy and the efforts of some very understanding postal employees, the ISPO ANMS PO Box has been re-established.

The Executive Committee have installed a number of administrative measures steps to ensure that such basic functions of the organisation do not fail in the future.

You can send mail to:


GPO Box 2058.

Melbourne. 3001.


The Journal produced by ISPO; Prosthetics and Orthotics International, has seen a marked increase in its Impact factor. Considering the relatively small membership base that the ISPO journal draws from, it is gratifying to see it punching well above its weight.

We are delighted to announce that the Prosthetics and Orthotics International Impact Factor has risen from 0.634 to 0.950

The Journal is now ranked 38/63 in Orthopaedics and 42/58 in Rehabilitation.

This is the second year in a row that the Impact Factor has increased, and reflects the continuing and expanding interest in the Journal.

We'd like to extend thanks to the Editorial Board and reviewers for their contributions to date, and we very much look forward to receiving future submissions from you.

Dr. Sarah Curran

Prosthetics and Orthotics International

International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics,
Australian National Member Society.