The orthotic service provides treatment for a wide variety of patients, seeing both inpatients and outpatients. An orthotist's role is to assess, design, manufacture and fit orthoses. Orthoses are worn by patients to offer support, protection and/or correction to the musculoskeletal system, and to enhance mobility.

Specialist orthotists assess a patient's condition and work in collaboration with doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals to provide high level treatment for conditions such as spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, fracture management, cerebral palsy, developmental hip dysplasia, neurological conditions, foot disorders, skull deformities, arthritis and other pathologies.
Orthoses can be either individually custom-made or fitted as prefabricated devices. We strive to ensure comfort and fit, engaging with the patient to meet their health care needs, preferences and goals. All custom orthoses are manufactured on site.
Our orthotists regularly attend orthopaedic and rehabilitation clinics and are available to attend other outpatient clinics on request.



Referral needs to be from specialist associated with Royal North Shore Hospital as the orthotic service at Royal North Shore Hospital is a local hospital service.


A GP can refer a patient to a Royal North Shore specialist clinic if they believe their patient can benefit from orthotic treatment. The specialist will need to refer the patient to the Orthotic Department via the U5D form (REF 10173) if he/she concurs with the GP recommendation.

The orthotics service provides treatment to ineligible patients and privately referred outpatients, however this service incurs a cost.

Urgent cases

The orthotics service prioritises inpatients but accepts urgent referrals for outpatients from the Fracture Clinic and the Emergency Department at Royal North Shore Hospital.

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Southern Campus, Building 33, Royal North Shore Hospital,
Reserve Road,
St Leonards, NSW 2065

Finding Us: From Pacific Highway at St Leonards turns into Reserve Road. Enter Dibbs Place through the entrance in front of the bus stop. Follow the sign to building 33.

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7.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays)

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02 94632303