David Wilson BrownDavid Wilson-Brown, BPO, CPO, MAOPA

David was formally trained as a Prosthetic Orthotic Technician at Orthopaedic Appliances Pty Ltd (OAPL) in Melbourne between 1981 and 1985.

He then pursued a professional clinical career by entering the Diploma of Applied Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences in 1985 and graduated in 1987. David went on to complete the Diploma/Degree Conversion course in 2001 to bring his qualifications up to current standards.

While studying, David worked as a Technician at the Central Development Unit, a research and development unit attached to the RALAC organisation based at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Kew. After graduating he practiced as a Prosthetist at both Orthopaedic Techniques and Mount Royal Hospital.

He joined the Royal Children’s’ Hospital in Melbourne between1991-1997 to successfully develop an in-house prosthetics service, in particular the Upper Limb Myoelectric prosthetic program.

In 1997 David moved to Caulfield Hospital to continue his interests in upper limb prosthetics and amputee rehabilitation, especially in the developing areas of externally powered prostheses and more recently osseointegrated (bone anchored) prosthetics. He is a clinical member of the Osseointegrated Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) program based at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.

David also continues to present at national and international conferences and professional forums and has made significant contributions to undergraduate and post-graduate education in Prosthetics & Orthotics and Occupational Therapy since 1993 at La Trobe University, Bundoora, Melbourne. David is currently the Principal Lecturer in the Upper Limb Prosthetics undergraduate teaching program.

David is also the Principal Lecturer in Prosthetics within the ‘Clinical Management of Upper Limb Amputees’ training course in collaboration with the Australian College of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM).

He is also a past Vice-President of the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) from 1995-98. The AOPA is Australia’s peak representative body for the Orthotic and Prosthetic profession.

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