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3D Scanning for Plagiocephaly Helmet Therapy

11-10-2017 02:24:00

Oapl would like to introduce Liam, Senior Orthotist from our Sunshine Paediatric and Flemington clinics.

Liam has been treating children with Deformational Plagiocephaly for 8 years and has previously spent over 3 years at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne learning and developing treatment methods for paediatric patients. He has seen the development of new technologies such as 3D scanning systems and foam carving replace the old and dated plaster mould methods. Here is Liam describing the process of developing plagiocephaly helmets and the technology used in our oapl clinics…..

"Now In my fourth year treating across a range of oapl clinics, I am very excited to introduce the STARband® system from Orthomerica. This is a non-invasive and supremely accurate treatment method used to fabricate a cranial remodeling helmet. The process begins with an initial scan, which only takes minutes to complete and is done by taking a series of still photographs with a Samsung phone camera. There is no radiation or lasers and as such the process is pain free and relatively stress free for both the child and parent.

Once the scan is taken, a 3D image is generated and can be modified and viewed on a PC. The Measurement and Comparison Unit (MCU) is a state-of-the-art software package that an orthotist can use to provide concise and objective measurements of a child's head shape. Whether treating conservatively, with a helmet or just monitoring for growth, the MCU will show comparative changes in growth and symmetry. Using the MCU software a pdf report can be generated to clearly illustrate changes over time which can be communicated with parents and other health professionals.

The STARband® has been used to treat over 300,000 patients in the USA and is only available in Australia through oapl. We currently offer a wide range of cranial remolding orthosis designs, each created to effectively manage a variety of head shape deformities, levels of severity, and clinical indications. Treatment with a remodeling helmet usually begins at around 6 months of age and takes around 3-4 months depending on the patients age and severity. Due to the precise nature of the scan, a custom fabricated helmet ensures accurate fitting and enables much more symmetrical growth than alternative fabrication methods.

We are continually finding more and more clinical evidence that supports the positive results of helmet therapy. In 2015 Steinberg et al in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal showed that conservative and helmet therapy were both found to be effective in the correction of plagiocephaly. The usage of a helmet eliminated the factors that lead to failure in conservative management and may be more preferable from the outset. It was also highlighted that any delay in helmeting due to trialing conservative treatment does not ruin the chance of future correction as long as the helmet therapy is begun during growth stages at around 6-8 months of age."

For more information on the STARband® range and our clinical services please contact us. Alternatively, you can read more about Plagiocephaly here: http://www.oapl.com.au/plagiocephaly-helmet-therapy




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Medstock Dressings

29-08-2017 22:29:00

OAPL is excited to announce the addition of Medstock wound care dressings into our range.

Medstock is an Australian owned and manufactured range of basic and advanced wound care products designed by a group of general practitioners. Commencing their operations in 2011, their motto is to support the healthcare community through a new approach to wound care; convenient and low cost products at a reasonable price.

We have introduced six styles of the Medstock range (see flyer below)

Here are four examples of pathologies where Medstock could be used within your clinics:

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  • MINOR SKIN TEARS                               

 Image result for LOW EXUDATE WOUNDS  Foam Non-Adhesive Dressing



Related imageAlginate Dressing - Medstock | Wound Care Australia



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To purchase the range of Medstock dressings visit our online shop. You can also compare the full range of Medstock dressings by viewing the below comparative sheet.


Comparison Chart & Medstock Range

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Overcoming the odds

20-07-2017 05:59:00

Meet Len Elliot, the first ever above knee amputee to pass the QLD Police Force Functional Capacity Test

Len Elliot is a Queensland Police Officer that was hit by a motorcycle during an RBT on the 14th April 2014 on the Sunshine Coast. The motorcycle was travelling at 180 km/h and the impact resulted in Len becoming an above knee amputee.

Such a life changing event would have made many people think of a career change. However, Len is not like most people.

The first prosthesis was fitted to Len in October of 2014, he could walk with the prosthesis however felt that he was not reaching his full potential.

In March 2016, a new team began working with Len. The new team was comprised of Saul Geffen (Rehabilitation Specialist), Jacqui O’Sullivan (Physiotherapist) and the team at OAPL prosthetics in Brisbane. Working closely with Gabriel form Work Cover and Sue form the Queensland Police a new plan was established.

A new prosthesis was fitted and a new gait training program commenced. Len experienced an immediate improvement. He became more active, started running and cycling again. The improvement was so great that he began competing regularly in triathlons towards the end of 2016.

On the 7th of March 2017, Len Elliot became the first above knee amputee to pass the Functional Capacity Test in Queensland, a requirement if he is to return to active duty in the Police force.

Undoubtedly the effort has come predominately from himself, however as Len stated, he has not worked in ‘isolation” and this achievement would not have been possible without the support from the professionals he began with early in 2016.

We wish you all the best in your future endeavours Len and congratulations on your amazing achievements so far!


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22-03-2017 23:29:00





Ypsilon Flow is the foot drop AFO of choice for your active patients who need sagittal plane assist.
It is designed to allow optimum range of motion and dynamic toe-off assist, providing the opportunity for functional or potentially functional muscles, tendons and ligaments to strengthen and prevent or reduce atrophy.
The footplate is engineered to allow the orthosis to adapt to and move with the lower leg with less resistance to ground reaction forces. The proximal ends of the “Y” provide fixation points, eliminating pressure on the tibia crest.


Recommended application:
Foot drop in combination with no spasticity to moderate spasticity. Limb proprioception deficit and mild proximal deficit.


Severe edema, leg ulcers, moderate to severe spasticity, medial-lateral instability.


Interface and strap included. More information about product selection and customisation can be found below.
Please note the Original Ypsilon is still available for you current users.

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Ypsilon FLOW

Ypsilon® Flow is the newest member of the ToeOFF family of products. It’s the AFO of choice for active patients with foot drop and no other ankle or proximal deficits. The increased range of motion accommodates different terrain and longer strides. The new geometry design provides a dynamic response for foot lift without restricting or immobilising normal joint or muscle activity. A gradual heel rise allows for an intimate fit in the patient’s shoe. It is OAPL's goal to provide dynamic response AFOs without limiting function. Call customer service for more information today.



Allard AFO Family - Stability Graph



Ordering Information

29400-1011          YPSILON AFO: LEFT FOOT – SMALL       

29400-1012          YPSILON AFO: LEFT FOOT - MEDIUM

29400-1013          YPSILON AFO: LEFT FOOT - LARGE

29400-2011          YPSILON AFO: RIGHT FOOT - SMALL

29400-2012          YPSILON AFO: RIGHT FOOT - MEDIUM 

29400-2013          YPSILON AFO: RIGHT FOOT - LARGE
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Smart Orthotic Technology S.O.T

17-03-2017 01:07:00

Resting Hand Orthosis

S.O.T is a resting splint for the spastic and paretic hand, when the goal is to maintain or increase the mobility of the hand.

The orthosis is smooth and lightweight. The S.O.T has an aluminium core which allows adjustment to the desired position. The aluminium core is embedded into polyethylene foam, which is covered with fabric. The brace is delivered in a resting position. A resting position can offer pain relief, relaxation to the hand and it also provides a good biomechanical position that may reduce the risk of flexor shortening of the wrist and fingers.





The orthosis anatomic configuration supports the important thenar muscle, the CMC- and MCP joint, which is particularly important for the intended patient groups, when the thumb tends to adduct in the CMC joint and hyperextend in the MCP joint. S.O.T Resting splint increases the conditions for an effective grip.

Recommended application:
Stroke, CP, rheumatoid arthritis, radialis paresis, muscular dystrophy, edema or plexus injury.


More Information:

S.O.T. Accessories



Extra Cover


Hand Position Information

Ordering Information


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Care and Maintenance of Podiatry Instruments

15-03-2017 23:13:00

The care and cleaning of your nail clippers and instruments is vital to maintain the integrity and lifespan of your products. The cleaning technique may change depending on the material that they are made from. Always protect the cutting edges of your clippers and if they have a lock plate at the back use it when they are not in use.

New devices tend to be harder, with a stiffer feel to them. That’s because as instruments age, they soften with use and cleaning. With proper care, these devices can last a lifetime. It’s important to realise, however, that even the highest grade instruments will experience at least minimal wear and softening over time.

New instruments are designed to be stiff at the onset of use to keep this wearing to a minimum with proper maintenance and cleaning. However most problems with instruments are due to inadequate instrument care. We would like to remind practitioners of some simple rules in the care of instruments. Damage can be caused by incorrect cleaning and sterilisation may affect manufacturers guarantee on their products.  

The four key steps to maintaining your instruments are:

Instruments need to be pre-soaked to remove tissue residues,
fluids and other pathogenic debris and is an essential
prerequisite to disinfection and sterilisation.

Instruments should be washed in an ultrasonic cleaner then
rinsed and dried.

Prior to autoclaving instruments should be lubricated to protect
joints and hinges and maintain instrument lubrication.

Only sterilise a clean instrument. The most damaging procedure
is to allow dried-on debris to become baked-on stains in the
autoclave. The temperature of the autoclave (134º) will cause
chemical reactions that can make the stain permanent.


To view a range of podiatry instruments online, visit our shop at https://shop.oapl.com.au/

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Susol - Sterile Single Use Instruments

01-03-2017 21:37:00

Sterile single use instruments - the choice is clear.....

Bailey Instruments continues to produce a range of single use instrument solutions.  These instruments are an ideal choice as an alternate to running your own kits of sterilised instruments, a safety net for busy periods or during equipment failures or for domicillary care. Learn more about these innovative instruments below. 



Ergonomic patented nipper design with integral spring reducing resistance, force reduction impact handles and consistent, sharp cutting action.


Repetitive strain Injury*

Potential reduced risk of this occupational hazard RSI


High quality

Accredited Bailey manufacture excellence without compromise


Responsible disposability

Minimalist packaging 5 x smaller than standard packaging, low weight nipper at 77grams 40% lower weight than standard nippers 



Robust supply chain providing confidence of continuos supply


Susol Kits


1 x Nipper
1 x Foot Dresser, double sided fine and medium
• Presented in dispensing cartons of 10 instrument packs
• Compact/minimalist packaging




1 x Nipper
1 x Blacks File
1 x Foot Dresser, double sided fine and medium
• Presented in dispensing cartons of 10 instrument packs
• Compact/minimalist packaging


1 x Nipper
1 x Blacks File
1 x Scalpel Handle No3
1 x Dressing Scissor
1 x Foot Dresser, double sided fine and medium
• Presented in dispensing cartons of 10 instrument packs
• Compact/minimalist packaging

1 x Thwaites Nipper
1 x Beaver Handle
1 x Locke Elevator
1 x Blacks File
1 x Scalpel Handle No3
1 x Dressing Scissor
1 x Halstead Mosquito Forceps 5”
1 x Ribbon Tourniquet
• Buy as a single set or carton



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Maverick Mayhem

13-02-2017 00:15:00



The Freedom Innovations’ Maverick Xtreme foot was designed for active K3 and K4 level ambulators that require a product with increased durability without compromising the desired energy storage/return and smooth roll-over during stance phase of gait. The increased durability is a result of the fiberglass material used to manufacture the foot and a result of the innovative heel/keel design. The material combined with the design allow for a natural, flexible feel during activities of daily living (ADL’s) and various strenuous exercises. This new lighter weight fiberglass option is waterproof and is available in a sandal toe option for greater lifestyle versatility.

Maverick is the lightest weight fiber glass foot option available.

• High impact, extreme user

• Regular and Sandal Toe Option

• Waterproof

• Light weight fiber glass option

• Increased durability, flexibility and natural feel





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Podopro PP20 Moulding Putty

10-02-2017 03:41:00

Introducing our new Silicone Molding Putty to our range from Podopro - PP20. 


Silicone Molding Putty formulated specifically for podiatric use.

Used for molding:

  • interdigital wedges,
  • toe separators,
  • dorsal toe protectors
  • orthodigital splints.


PP20 is easy to use due to:

  • Quick setting time and longevity,
  • Flexibility and softness,
  • Great value for money. 2 x 250g


Click the link below for a step by step guide or alternatively view the youtube video. 

PDF iconPP20 Info sheet.pdf

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OAPL Podiatry Education Series

08-02-2017 01:05:00

In 2017 OAPL are introducting a series of Webinars from two of our key suppliers as part of our education program. 


Below is a link to the Physiotools webinar to watch the first session. 

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We launched our second series of webinars, on Shockwave and Laser therapy through BTL Industries. 

Below is a link to the BTL webinar to watch the first session.

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For more information on these two companies click the links below:

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