Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will gain and apply specialised knowledge and skills in the assessment, prescription, fitting and evaluation of removable and non-removable orthoses for spinal and limb fracture management. This subject is designed to develop student's understanding of spinal and limb orthotic fracture management, including an introduction to medical imaging and the biology of fractures, as well as principles and clinical applications of fracture orthoses. This subject will enable students to demonstrate their understanding of the theory of orthotic fracture management by providing practical experience in the application of fracture orthoses for the spine and limbs.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRenee Mackenzie

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites HBS2SUM and POR2PGC

Co-requisites POR3CAT and HBS3PBD

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in Prosthetics and Orthotics (or students prospectively enrolling in Prosthetics and Orthotics GEMS)

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFunctional Fracture BracingRecommendedSarmiento, A 2002LIPPINCOTT, WILLIAMS AND WILKINS
ReadingsPractical Fracture TreatmentRecommendedMcRae, R 2002CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Fracture Management & Medical Imaging. On the basis of presentation and data, identify and describe a variety of common fractures affecting the spine and extremities and determine the likely cause and physiological healing process.

- Describe the physical presentation of fractures using Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma classification system - Identify a wide variety of fractures commonly affecting the spine and extremities based on the physical presentation of the injury and/or through the use of various medical images (i.e. CT scans; MRI; X-ray) - Describe common mechanisms of injury including the biomechanical basis of these injuries for fractures commonly affecting the spine and extremities - Describe the physiology/biology of the fracture healing process and how this relates to fracture management.

02. Client assessment. Independently and safely conduct a clinical assessment of a person, or simulated client, with a fracture to the spine or extremities.

- Undertake a subjective examination of a person with a fracture, or simulated client, using effective interpersonal and communication skills - Conduct an objective examination of the fractured spine or extremity which evaluates, for example, limitations in range of motion; pain and/or neurological deficits - Demonstrate safe practice for the client and self in the use of equipment and manual assessment techniques - Synthesise information from sources such as referrals, subjective and objective evaluations and medical images to formulate an assessment of the fracture

03. Prescription. Develop, justify and communicate an orthotic prescription to manage treatment objectives for a range of fractures common to the spine and extremities

- Clearly describe the role of the orthotist as part of the medical team - Identify goals of orthotic treatment within the context of a medical team - Compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of various custom made and prefabricated orthoses to meet treatment goals - Develop a well evidenced rationale to justify an orthotic prescription - Design an orthosis to meet treatment objectives and plan the provision of the device - Present critical prescription information to clients, peers and other medical professionals

04. Provision of an orthosis. Provide an orthosis for a simulated client with a fracture of the spine or extremity and evaluate the fit and function of the device.

- Select, fit and adjust pre-fabricated orthoses for fractures of the spine or extremities - Plan the provision or manufacture of a device for a given prescription - Fabricate orthoses using a variety of materials including: high and low temperature thermoplastic - Fit the orthosis to the client (or a simulated client) - Critically evaluate the fit and effectiveness of the orthosis

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRenee Mackenzie

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1000 word case study written assignment30 01, 02, 03, 04
Laboratory portfolio project. Equivalent to 1500 word assignment30 02, 03, 04
Ninety minute written examination. 1500 word equivalent40 01, 02, 03, 04