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Rod Lawlor is the manager of The Royal Children's Hospital Orthotic and Prosthetic department. He has worked in the orthotic and prosthetic profession for over 20 years.
Rod has taught and presented at National and International conferences in both Prosthetics and Orthotics. He was a member of the team awarded the Premier's Excellence Award for Improving Cancer Care in Victoria.
Rod developed the Plagiocephaly Helmet Treatment Protocols at RCH and was an integral member in creating the Van Nes Rotationplasty Prosthetic programme at RCH, and has lectured on this in North America.
Simon Lalor graduated from La Trobe University in 2001 and has worked as an orthotist in both the public and private sector in Australia, Ireland and the UK. He completed a Master's of Science degree through Strathclyde University Glasgow in 2013 with his thesis titled 'Care pathways
in the lower limb orthotic management of children with Cerebral Palsy'.
Simon has specialised in the lower limb orthotic management of neuromuscular diseases and his research interests have covered the use of outcome measures in prosthetics and orthotics, orthotic management of cerebral palsy and use of Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses in neuromuscular diseases.
He has presented his research at national and international conferences, most recently at World ISPO : 'Orthotic management of instability of the knee in neuromuscular disease- who is delivering what to whom?' as well as presenting his thesis 'Care pathways in the lower limb orthotic management of children with cerebral palsy'
at ISPO UK in London.
With his skill and expertise in this field Simon has been consulted as an expert on the fine-tuning and analysis of orthotic interventions to produce recommendations for future patient treatment pathways.
Nicole Galea is a Senior Orthotist at RCH and has been working in the profession since 1994. She has worked in both the private and public sector, internationally and throughout Australia. Her employment at the RCH Orthotic and Prosthetic Department
has spanned over 15 years.
Nicole has been involved in the delivery of Instructional Courses Internationally, lectured undergraduates at La Trobe University, and presented at conferences nationally with regards to paraplegic ambulation and orthotic management of children with Spina
As a senior clinician her clinical expertise lies in the management of children with cerebral palsy, and also complex lower limb pathologies requiring Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses. She also has a focus on Continuing Quality Improvement within the Orthotic and Prosthetic Department.
Leah has been working in prosthetics and orthotics since 2002 and in this time has worked in both public and private practice. Leah worked in public health in the north of Tasmania prior to her employment at RCH and also had a brief break of her employment here working in both Prosthetics and Orthotics in the Middle East prior to returning as a senior orthotist at RCH in 2012.
Leah is our lead clinician in Spinal care management for scoliosis and complex spinal anomalies and fractures, and is currently developing a policy for transitioning complex adolescent patients using orthotics to adult facilities.
Phoebe Thomson is a Senior Prosthetist and Orthotist who, following her graduation in 2007 was employed here at RCH and then furthered her skill set working in a private company in Melbourne as well as overseas.
From 2011 - 2013 Phoebe volunteered for Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) in the Phillipines based in Legaspi. During this assignment she developed prosthetic and orthotic clinics, worked in post emergency refugee camps as well as implementing and managing several healthcare rehabilitation projects.
In 2010 Phoebe convened the Advanced Instructional Course on Children and Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy. She is currently the chairperson of the ISPO Outreach Committee as well as being involved in Limb's for Life's "National Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee".
Mark qualified as a Joiner when first leaving school before venturing into allied health manufacture. He has been working as an orthotic technician at RCH since 1997, and prior to this he also worked for five years in a podiatry foot orthotic manufacturing laboratory. With his varied work experience and qualifications he has excellent skills in complex custom made orthoses requiring metal work, and enjoys the technical challenges of creating orthoses for rare and specific instances.
Mark has Level 2 First Aid Qualifications and is the department fire warden in our technical workshop.
Sally is our resident qualified custom made shoe designer and fabricator. She completed her training in 1984 and has been continuing advancing her skills and education in this field since then.
As well as providing an excellent in-house service of all things relating to footwear, Sally also deals with the Prosthetic Orthotic department's ordering, despatch of goods and stock levels to enable us to provide timely provision of any 'off-the-shelf' clinically required items and materials used to create
custom made prosthetics and orthotics.
Sally has also taken on the role of a trained First Aid Officer for our department.
As well as assisting in other areas of the technical workload in the Prosthetic Orthotic department, Claudia is our highly skilled sewing machine technician and has been employed part time as an orthotic technician at RCH since 2006.
She is integral in the design of custom made soft goods for orthotic patients, mainly regarding protective belts for various transplants or surgical requirements.
Justine has been a full time employee of our department since 2008 leaving behind an employment history in business management of food preparation and customer service. She has been integral in developing systems to improve workflow in the new hospital where we are based across two different wings of the hospital.
As well as being a qualified First Aid Officer, Justine is the Occupational Health and Safety Representative for the technical section of Orthotics and Prosthetics ensuring our staff are working safely and in a safe workshop.
Leo is our most recent recruit and has been working as a technician in the Prosthetic Orthotic Department since late 2014 but brings with him over 25 years of experience in the Automotive Repair Industry as a panel beater.
He has adapted his solid skill set and utilizes this knowledge to continue to provide excellent technical work in the department.