The Orthotics and Prosthetics (O & P) workforce deliver high quality services for the provision of orthoses and prostheses to NSW residents. The O & P workforce has been identified as a 'small but critical workforce' under the NSW Health Professionals Workforce Plan 2012-2022. In 2015, a rapid review was brokered by the Sax Institute on behalf of the NSW Health Workforce Planning and Development branch, to provide evidence on five research questions pertaining to workforce planning for O & Ps. The scope of the questions were structured around understanding the role that O & Ps and technical support staff play in the health system and whether the current model of care for O & P services is appropriate for current and future demands.
The final report Evidence Check: Orthotists and Prosthetists Workforce Planninghas been published which provides an overview of key findings in relation to current and emerging issues impacting on this important workforce.