APC Hunter Grand Opening

After a long wait, we were finally able to celebrate the grand opening of our new APC Hunter Clinic. The event was initially cancelled during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak and was later rescheduled for Thursday 31st of March, 2022.

During the event, attendees were taken through a tour of the new clinic, allowing visitors a unique and intimate experience of the newly refurbished building. The gymnasium was abuzz with excitement as attendees exchanged conversations with friends and APC staff while enjoying a beautiful charcuterie board that was laid on a long table that dominated the center of the gymnasium.

APC Hunter Branch Manager, Michael Storey marked the event as a “significant upgrade from the Broadmeadow Facility”, thanking the community and the team for their support of the opening. Paul Nixon, who also manages the Hunter Clinic, gave a warm speech about his experience supporting the amputee community, and how proud he is of his team and the work they do to “make a massive difference in people’s lives”.

APC Managing Director Harvey Blackney also took to the stage to express his gratitude for the support of the new clinic, “I would like to thank the amputee community in Newcastle, Hunter, and surrounding areas for entrusting your care with us, we take it extremely seriously.” Speeches were followed by the cutting of a red ribbon, to officially celebrate the opening of the clinic.

Guests were fed with delicious canapés served by the team Billy Goat Catering, whilst enjoying a live performance by @maxjacksonmusic.

From the entire APC team, we would like to thank everyone who joined us to celebrate on the night. If you couldn’t make the event, follow us on our Instagram & Facebook pages to see some exclusive snippets from the event.

APC Clinic Calendar

In addition to our APC Clinics in Northmead, Alexandria, Tuggerah and Hunter – we attend offsite clinics to service Amputees across Australia. Please call the contact number listed next to your desired clinic to book.

 

Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital: Eldridge Road, Bankstown, NSW Australia

When: Monthly – Friday’s

Contact: 02 9722 8000

 

Braeside Hospital: Prairie Vale Road, Prairiewood, NSW Australia

When: As needed

Contact: 02 9616 8600

 

Darwin Amputee Clinic – Darwin Private Hospital: Rocklands Drive, Casuarina, NT Australia

When: Quarterly

Contact: 08 8920 6011

 

Gosford Private Hospital: Burrabil Avenue, North Gosford, NSW Australia

When: 2nd and 4th Thursday as needed

Contact: 02 4323 8105

 

Hornsby Amputee Clinic – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Private Hospital: Palmerston Road, Hornsby, NSW Australia

When: 2nd Tuesday of the month

Contact: 02 4969 8700

 

Hunter Valley Private Amputee Clinic – Hunter Valley Private Hospital: Mawson Street, Shortland, NSW Australia

When: Last Tuesday of the month

Contact: 02 4969 8700

 

Liverpool Amputee Clinic – Liverpool Hospital: Goulbourn Street, Liverpool, NSW Australia

Amputee Clinic: Fortnightly – Monday’s

Physio Clinic (Enable patients only): Weekly – Thursday’s

Contact: 02 8738 3000

 

Macquarie Hospital: Wicks Road, North Ryde, NSW Australia

When:Weekly – Thursday’s

Contact: 02 9998 0051

 

Mt Wilga Amputee Clinic (Rehab Clinic) – Mount Wilga Private Rehabilitation Hospital: Rosamond Street, Hornsby, NSW Australia

When: As needed

Contact: 02 9847 5000

 

Port Macquarie Clinic: 2/2 Wrights Road, Port Macquarie, NSW Australia

When: Every 3 weeks – Thursday

Contact: 02 4969 8700

 

Prince of Wales Hospital: Barker Street, Randwick, NSW Australia

When: Weekly – Friday

Contact: 02 9382 5847

 

Royal North Shore Amputee Clinic – Royal North Shore Hospital: Reserve Road, St Leonards, NSW Australia

When: Monthly – as needed

Contact: 02 9926 7111

 

Royal Prince Alfred Amputee Clinic – Royal Prince Alfred Hospital: Missenden Road, Camperdown, NSW Australia

When: Weekly – Thursday

Contact: 02 9515 6111

 

Sydney Children’s Hospital: High Street, Randwick, NSW Australia

When: Fortnightly – Wednesday afternoon (if needed)

Contact: 02 9382 1470

 

Tamworth Amputee Clinic – Tamworth Base Hospital: Dean Street, North Tamworth, NSW Australia

When: Every 3 weeks – Tuesday and Wednesday

Contact: 02 4969 8700

 

Wingham/Taree Amputee Clinic – Manning Hospital: York Street, Taree, NSW Australia

When: Fortnightly – Monday

Contact: 08 4969 8700

 

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead: Hainsworth Street, Westmead, NSW Australia

When: Fortnightly – Monday morning

Contact: 02 9845 2131  or  9845 0833

 

Westmead Amputee Clinic – Westmead Hospital: Darcy Road, Westmead, NSW Australia

When: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month

Contact: 02 8890 7800

 

Westmead Private Hospital: Mons Road, Westmead, NSW Australia

When: Quarterly

Contact: 02 8837 9000

 

Woy Woy Amputee Clinic – Woy Woy Public Hospital: Kathleen Street, Woy Woy, NSW Australia

When: Weekly – Wednesday

Contact: 02 4344 8446

 

Wyong Amputee Clinic – Wyong Public Hospital: Pacific Highway, Wyong, NSW Australia

When: Weekly – Wednesday

Contact: 02 4394 8188

How To Get Into Prosthetics

how to get into prosthetics

In order to get into prosthetics and become a Clinical Prosthetist in Australia, clinicians require an accredited degree in the field in conjunction with the optional, yet recommended, membership with the Australian Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA).

In terms of study, there are currently two universities in Australia which offer bachelor’s degrees in Prosthetics and Orthotics: La Trobe University (Victoria) and The University of the Sunshine Coast (Queensland). Both courses feature prosthetic specific subjects as well as the opportunity to undertake clinical placements at Prosthetic and Orthotic facilities across Australia and around the world. University requirements vary and depend on a number of factors such as ATAR, previous study and availability of student positions.

A membership with AOPA is not essential, but highly recommended to work as a Prosthetist in Australia. AOPA is the professional body which regulates prosthetic and orthotic treatment in Australia and ensures its members are regularly up-skilling, exercising best clinical practice and adheres to the standard codes and conducts. AOPA organises an annual conference which features keynote speakers as well as allowing Prosthetists/Orthotists to share and collaborate their work.

Once these requirements and recommendations are met, clinicians are able to get into prosthetics and work as a Prosthetist in an Australian facility. Fortunately, both university degrees are recognised by AOPA and The International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) which give graduates the opportunity to work as a Prosthetist/Orthotist around the world.

In order to get into prosthetics and become a Prosthetic Technician, applicants are encouraged to either reach out directly to prosthetic facilities or search ‘employment opportunities’ section of the AOPA website. There are no official study pathways in Australia to become a prosthetic technician, however, experience with hand tools and attention to detail are skills which are suited to the prosthetic industry. Often many P&O graduates will enter the industry as a prosthetic technician to broaden their skills and gain a more holistic understanding of prosthetics before moving into clinical roles as a Prosthetist.

Most importantly, many prosthetic facilities in Australia are very approachable and willing to provide information on how to get into prosthetics, albeit a Prosthetist or Prosthetic Technician.

For further questions on the various pathways to prosthetics, get in contact with the team at APC Prosthetics today.

For more information about the University Courses click on the links to see what both La Trobe University and The University of the Sunshine Coast have to offer.

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Hunter, we’ve relocated!

Come check out our new clinic at Suite 4, 240 Pacific Highway, Charlestown. 

 

Whilst we were looking forward to celebrating the move, we have made a difficult decision to cancel our Grand Opening to keep our patients and staff safe during the recent COVID outbreak.

The new clinic will continue operating using COVID safe practices, and all appointments have resumed as usual from our new location.

We want to thank everyone for their enthusiasm and support in celebrating our relocation and look forward to welcoming you into our new clinic at your next appointment.

Our Hunter Clinic opening hours are Mon – Fri 8:00am – 4:00pm.

If you would like to get in touch with our team at Hunter, contact us at +61 2 4969 8700

To learn more about the new APC Hunter Clinic, click the link to see photos from the event as well as a recap of the grand opening event.

 

 

The Difference Between Bionics and Prosthetics

Bionics and prosthetics have continued to interweave across the last few decades and will continue at a rapid rate into the future with new ideas and concepts being developed all the time.

What Are Prosthetics?

So… what are Prosthetics (or prosthesis)? Prosthetics are an artificial body part used to replace function of a missing arm or leg.

Prosthetic limbs have come a long way in the past decades. Some 25 years ago the only types of knees clients with an above knee amputation could use were mechanical knees which worked off physics and the movement of weight around a knee axis and relied on the user’s strength and control to provide safety during walking. These days bionic systems have developed with knees capable of ‘reading’ the situation and responding in real time to provide safety for the user.

Similarly upper limb prosthetics were only available in body powered varieties which meant the user had to perform specific movements of their shoulders to cause excursion of a cable system connected to a harness and result in movement of the terminal device or joints in their upper limb prosthesis to achieve function. Now there is a wide range of upper limb technology which is getting closer and closer to mimicking more natural upper limb function.

As time has gone by and prosthetics have developed it is evident that bionics is a critical field that continues to expand the many options available to our clients to better meet their mobility, safety and functional needs.

What Are Bionics?

What are prosthetics?

What are Bionics? Bionics can be defined as the replacement or enhancement of organs or other body parts by mechanical versions.

Currently there are bionic above knee systems available which use state-of-the-art sensor systems to mimic a natural walking pattern and provide an extremely high level of safety and function for the user.

These knees have sensors which detect movement at up to 100 times per second and then respond by controlling resistance in their control mechanisms to provide the appropriate safety or mobility as required at each stage of the walking cycle. These types of knees can be controlled through hydraulic control or smart fluids such as magnetorheological fluid and these control mechanisms change the way the knee reacts in each situation; the sensors act like a ‘brain’ in the knee and control the knee function to keep the user safe.

Upper limb bionic technology has developed to include systems capable of reading muscle activity and muscle activity patterns and controlling upper limb components off this muscle function.

They can include sockets which have electrodes which are essentially specialised sensors built into the walls and positioned over functioning muscle bellies in the residual limb. These tiny ‘sensors’ detect a change in muscle activity so when the user wants to perform a movement they can squeeze the muscle and this activity is detected by the sensor and this is converted into movement of the terminal device (hand or hook) on the prosthetic limb.

There are even systems emerging which allow the user to simply think about performing a movement as they did pre-amputation and the sequence of muscle activation which occurs allows movement of multiple upper limb joints at a single time which is exciting and ground breaking technology in the field of upper limb prosthetics.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this, please speak to your prosthetist.

 

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COVID-19 Requirements

As an essential service, APC Prosthetics services continue to be available and our clinics remain open. Please rest assure that our staff and clinics are implementing all State Government recommended hygiene and social distancing measures to ensure the absolute safety of all visitors.

We ask all of our clients to continue with their current treatment plans and current involvement with APC. Our primary focus is to ensure the health and well-being of our staff and our clients. The following COVID-19 regulations will be enforced at our clinics:

  • All clients and their carer must check-in using the QR code.
  • A limit of 1 carer per client to minimise the number of people in our clinics.
  • Masks are to be worn upon entering any APC clinic and for the duration of the appointment.
  • Hand sanitise at entry, we have sanitisers readily available at reception.

If you are experiencing any cold/flu like symptoms, have visited any of the COVID-19 exposure sites, or need to follow self-isolation protocols, please contact our administration/reception team to discuss the deferment of your treatment.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep our clients and partners updated. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.

The team at APC are committed to the care of the local amputee community. Thank you for your cooperation and we will do our best to meet your needs during this time. If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Journey of A Refugee

In honour of World Refugee Day, we’re celebrating the strength and courage of one of our very own Prosthetic Technician, Samer Zakhour, and one of our clients, Linda. They share their story as refugees from Syria, and how being at the same place at the same time allowed them to reconnect years later in Australia.

Samer first met Linda in Syria as her prosthetist, treating her through the Syrian civil war. They both dreamt of a new life, searching for safety and a better future for their families away from the war. Although they lived separate lives and had their own families, their experience arriving to Australia in 2016 were quite similar. Learning to live and adapt to life in a different country was a big challenge. From learning English to learning to do an everyday activity like catching a bus, everything felt like a new experience.

When Samer first arrived in Australia, he found a place to live and shortly after started a TAFE course. How comforting it was to see Linda, a familiar face in a completely new environment. Here, they sat at the same table, in the same class and reconnected. They were grateful for the opportunity to study and learn English, see their families happy, play the sports they enjoy and live a life they dreamed of.

Linda invited Samer to attend her next appointment at APC. It was on this day that Samer was introduced to the APC Team, showing his portfolio and discussing his passion for the industry having worked in Syria as a Prosthetic Technician for more than 13 years. The familiar smell of resin in the workshop felt like home to Samer. It was through these series of events that he was offered a 3-month contract at APC, which very quickly turned into a full-time permanent role. APC is proud to have Samer as part of the Team, he takes great pride in all his work and loves to see the smile on his client’s faces when they receive their new prosthesis.

Today, Samer enjoys his new adventures and freedom in Australia. He loves to go camping with his kids and is enjoying his hobbies like playing the pan flute and drums. Linda was able to receive a prosthetic arm with government assistance. She’s currently a stay-at-home mum of 2 daughters, loves spending time with her family, and attends church where she enjoys organising the choir.

Both Sam and Linda will test to get their citizenships later this year. They feel like true Australians and are grateful to call Australia their home.

NDIS Participants Guide To Your Planning Meeting

Your planning meeting is where you discuss your functional goals and any funding requirements you require for the life of your next NDIS Plan.

Prior to meeting with your NDIS Local Area Co-ordinator (LAC), we recommend our participants contact our NDIS Administration Staff at APC Prosthetics to discuss your requirements, so they can assist in formulating the finer details for discussion with your Local Area Co-ordinator at your meeting.

 

Key points to discuss during your initial planning meeting

  1. Provision for Maintenance: this includes the cost of maintenance to your current limb. Please note an assessment, quotation and Assistive Technology Request is required by NDIS. This cost should be included under Capacity Building (CB) Daily Activity, please account 4-6 hours for the report and 8 hours for maintenance.
  2. Provision for Capital Supports/Assistive Technology: this will include the funding for your prostheses. Please note these items need to be quoted and approved through the Assistive Technology approval process.
  3. Provision for Core Supports: this includes ongoing low-cost consumables related to your prostheses, such as socks and sprays. Please note higher cost consumables need to be quoted and approved.

 

We recommend requesting for your NDIS Local Area Co-ordinator’s phone number and email address, so we can communicate with them directly if you require us to do so.

If you would like to have a chat about the NDIS and how we can help you prepare for your planning meeting, please contact your local APC NDIS Coordinator.

 

APC Graduate Program

Are you interested in a guaranteed role upon graduation at one of Australia’s leading prosthetics facilities and $10k towards your final year of study?

We are excited to announce a Graduate Program that offers one successful applicant each year a unique opportunity to gain practical work experience at APC Prosthetics based in one of our facilities in NSW. As a respected leader in Australia, we are committed to continuous learning, application of the latest technologies and evidence-based practice. We aim to make interaction between customers and APC Prosthetics a rewarding experience.

Graduate Program Highlights

  • $10,000 payment towards your final year study costs
  • The successful applicant will complete their University Prosthetic Placement at one of the APC Facilities
  • 2-year fixed contract of employment immediately following successful graduation
  • Targeted mentoring and skill development working with a multidisciplinary team, exposure to a broad range of clients, and with the latest technologies
  • Up to 8 weeks of temporary accommodation at the commencement of the 2-year contract
  • Consideration for ongoing permanent employment at the completion of the Graduate Program

Assessment Criteria

  • Review of application & academic results
  • Face-to-face panel interview

Applicant Requirements

  • Penultimate year of the Australian University Prosthetics & Orthotics course
  • Committed to a 2-year fixed-term contract based at one of the APC Facilities in NSW, immediately post-graduation
  • Committed to complete University Prosthetic Placement at one of the APC Facilities in the final year of study
  • An Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Provide a copy of your P&O course academic transcripts
  • Application in your preferred format, i.e. video submission with a resume or resume & cover letter, submitted via email before the deadline.

Email your full application to [email protected], outlining why you believe you should be chosen for this exciting opportunity.

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