Meet our Prosthetics and Orthotics students

Chanel Pavitt is in her third year of our Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours) degree.

“When I was in Year 11, I saw a man with two prosthetic legs, and I realised that I could design and build legs and make a difference in someone’s life,” says Pavitt. “I did some reading about prosthetics and orthotics and discovered how important this sector is, and I decided it was the right choice for me.”

As class sizes are small, Pavitt has benefited from one-on-one learning opportunities with lecturers. And, she has been putting learning into practice in our Prosthetics and Orthotics Laboratory, featuring equipment designed to teach students the entire process, from assessing a client’s needs and goals, through to creating, fitting and evaluating an assistive device.

Pavitt has worked in the disability sector for two years, where she has seen first-hand the importance of prosthetics and orthotics. “My work experience will also give me confidence when I go into my fourth-year placements,” she says.

Allied health students undertake clinical placements and equivalent experience at leading Victorian healthcare providers. During their senior years, students in the Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours) degree complete an industry-relevant Honours project or a research Honours project.

“When I graduate I would like to work in orthotics, focusing on acute injuries including spinal and nerve damage care, and burn management,” adds Pavitt. “I look forward to providing care and relief to those in need.”