The service was established in 1999 by Noel Mitchell and Lynne Weir, who together have over 40 years experience in the field of orthotics and prosthetics. The clinical role at NVOPS is undertaken by orthotist/prosthetists who hold a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics from Latrobe University. Our broad experience allows us to provide orthoses for both acute and chronic conditions from paediatrics to the elderly for conditions such as fractures, polio, stroke and cerebral palsy.
Demand has grown steadily over the past years with great support from both public and private health providers throughout the region. Clients are generally seen on referral from general practitioners, orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, podiatrists, district nurses and other specialists. Depending on the condition referrals are not always required.
We are a recognised providers for the Department of Veteran's Affairs, including DVA footwear, Transport Accident Commision, and Workcover, Health Insurers and Statewide Equipment Program (SWEP). Extensive work occurs at public hospitals of Goulburn Valley Health and Northeast Health in Wangaratta where we work closely with the orthopaedic and physiotherapy departments.
Our focus is on a high quality service with positive client outcomes. We use the most clinically appropriate technology for each client and quality is ensured by fabrication of custom made orthoses and prostheses on site in Shepparton from material and componentry accessed from around the world.
Our aim is to provide a complete orthotic and prosthetic service to people of the North and North East so there is no need to travel from the region for these specialist services.