OUR TEAM

The NVOPS team comprises clinical, technical and admiration staff. NVOPS is happy to describe the team as a work family, the small team has been together for many years. The small unit is made of five full time staff and two part time staff. All NVOPS clinicians are AOPA (Australian Orthotic & Prosthetic Association) certified Orthotists/Prosthetists. They uphold the professional standards our membership requires.

 
 
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lYNNE WEIR

Practice Principal and Orthotist

- Bachelor of Prosthetics & Orthotics | 1994

- Diploma of Prosthetics & Orthotics | 1991

- Member of the Australian Orthotic & Prosthetic Association

Lynne has been practicing as an orthotist since 1991 and has been lucky to have broad experience of clinical experience, in Australia and overseas. Lynne’s major clinical role is as the NVOPS paediatric orthotist. She enjoys working with children, their families and the allied health team. Lynne’s aim is to make the experience of using an orthosis to be as simple as possible for the child, while keeping in mind, maximising the child’s functional abilities. She is also involved in acute setting orthotic provision, and has a special interest in spinal fractures and the orthotic opinions for these patient injuries. As one of the practice principals she also enjoys working on ways to improve business practices in order to improve both the client and staff NVOPS experience.





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Noel Mitchell

Practice Principal and Orthotist/Prosthetist

- Bachelor of Prosthetics & Orthotics | 1997

- Diploma of Prosthetics & Orthotics | 1992

- Member of the Australian Orthotic & Prosthetic Association

Noel’s extensive experience in the field of orthotics and prosthetics started in 1981 as a technician, his exceptional technical skills are well recognised throughout the Australian orthotics and prosthetics industry. His clinical experience is broad, he has been involved in patient care in both prosthetics and orthotics in Darwin, Adelaide, Malaysia and Melbourne. At NVOPS he works with amputees to achieve comfort and function, using the most appropriate technology. He also maintains a full clinical orthotic load including the NVOPS Wangaratta clinic which he has been running for 18 years. As the other practice principal Noel leads the NVOPS team in the introduction of new technology, This keeps Noel busy as advances in technology for client functional improvements, such as microprocessor knee units in prosthetics, as well as in business practice processors has been rapid.

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Elizabeth cox

Orthotist/Prosthetist

- Master of Prosthetics & Orthotics | 2014

- Bachelor of Health Sciences | 2014

- Member of the Australian Orthotic & Prosthetic Association

NVOPS was fortunate when Liz walked through our door looking for some technical work in her last year of her Masters Studies. That was over 5 years ago, and she still calls Shepparton home. Liz’s expertise lies in complex lower limb orthosis and prosthesis provision, and she has a special interest in design of custom wrist hand orthoses. Liz enjoys working to develop a personalised plan with clients. Her client base involves a range of clinical conditions including protection and healing for diabetic high-risk feet, and complex neuromuscular disorders and amputees. When not working with her human clients, Liz runs ‘Animal Tech’ an Australian first business assisting injured animals and birds with orthoses and prostheses, ask her about “the goose prosthesis”.

 
 
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EMILY MALLON

Orthotist/Prosthetist

- Master of Prosthetics & Orthotics | 2018

- Bachelor of Health Sciences | 2018

- Member of the Australian Orthotic & Prosthetic Association

Emily joined the NVOPS family earlier this year and cares for our clients with acute injuries, she sees clients with fractures, those that require post-operative orthoses and lots of sporting injuries. She is honing her technical skills under Noel’s mentor-ship and is fabulous at assisting Lynne with developing clinical practice guidelines, to ensure our practice is based on current evidence, and educating our older members of staff on current research practices. A country girl, she has settled in Shepparton well.

 
 
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PAM FABRIS

Reception

It is likely Pam will greet you at the NVOPS reception desk or on the phone, as she has done for the past 14 years. She relates to the young and elderly alike and is popular with our younger clients for her sticker collection! Pam would describe her job description as being pretty fluid. She has seen many changes in NVOPS operations over the years, and also in the improved outcomes we have been able to make available to our clients.

 
 
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JANET JUDD

Client Support

- Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife 1986

- Bachelor of Science (Nursing) 1995

Janet works at NVOPS on a casual basis assisting with the numerous behind the scenes administration tasks required in an orthotic and prosthetic practice. You may never see Janet in person, but you are likely to speak to her on the phone as she assists with navigating funding and subsidy programs such as the NDIS, and insurance companies funding your orthotic and prosthetic needs such as TAC and workcover. She uses her extensive experience in the health and disability area to cheerfully work her way through these difficult areas.

 
 
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PATRICK jacobson

Technical Assistant

Pat completed work experience as part of his year 10 school program at NVOPS a couple of years ago. He was so good we offered him casual work after school providing fabrication assistance for our custom devices. He’s in year 12 now and is looking at studying a health related field in the future. An additional benefit of having Pat at NVOPS is he can talk footy with Noel.