Treatments and tests

Types of prosthesis supplied by WALSA

Items supplied by WALSA must be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Act (TGA) (external site).

Lightweight products may be prescribed if you have limited functional ability, or when weight is genuinely considered to be an important factor in your ability to use the prosthesis and other options are unacceptable.

Interim prostheses

These are applied in the early post-operative period. They assist the healing and management of the remaining limb. Prescription of interim limbs will depend on your individual condition and readiness for a fibreglass socket.

Interim products include a standard SACH (Solid Ankle Cushion Heel) foot, standard knee or safety knee, except for agreed non-standard cases.

Replacement prostheses

The minimum life of most limbs and feet supplied to adults under WALSA is expected to be 3 years. The time commences from the time the client has signed for and received the prosthesis.

Approval for the supply of limbs under the 3 year limit will not be given without written submission by the prescriber to the WALSA Office.

Replacement prostheses are provided according to your mobility level.

  • Mobility level 1 – home walker
    Standard SACH foot, standard knee or safety knee.
  • Mobility level 2 – restricted outside walker
    Componentry rated at this level with a maximum of $850 per foot. Standard knee to be provided.
  • Mobility level 3 – unrestricted outside walker
    Componentry rated at this level with a maximum of $850 per foot and up to a maximum of $2,900 per knee.
  • Mobility level 4 – unrestricted outside walker with very high demands
    Componentry rated at this level with a maximum of $1,300 per foot and up to a maximum of $3,200 per knee.

Gap funding

For those clients wanting to gap fund, WALSA will contribute up to the maximum levels for the relevant mobility level toward the purchase of non-standard componentry.

Myo-electric arm prostheses

These are provided to children following positive assessment of the child’s ability to use the device by Princess Margaret Hospital clinical staff and WALSA contract prosthetists.

They may be supplied to adults subject to individual application.

Robotic hands may be supplied to adults subject to individual application.

Mobility classes

Mobility class 1 – home walker

Treatment objective: to restore your ability to stand and enable you to walk around at home.

You would have the ability or potential to use a prosthesis to move around the home or walk on a flat surface at low speed. The walking time and the walking distance are short due to your physical condition.

Mobility class 2 – restricted outside walker

Treatment objective: to restore your ability to stand and enable you to walk around the home and the immediate vicinity.

You would have the ability or potential to use a prosthesis to walk at low speed and to overcome minor obstacles such as kerbs, single steps or uneven ground. The walking time and the walking distance are both limited due to your physical condition.

Mobility class 3 – unrestricted outside walker

Treatment objective: to restore your ability to stand and enable you to walk unhindered at home and, with minor restrictions only, outside.

You would have the ability or potential to use a prosthesis to walk at moderate to high and variable speeds and to overcome most obstacles. You would be able to move around on open ground and carry out occupational, therapeutic and other activities that do not exert undue mechanical stresses on the prosthesis. The walking time and the walking distance are both marginally limited compared with limbed individuals.

Mobility class 4 – unrestricted outside walker with very high demands

Treatment objective: to restore your ability to stand and enable you to walk unhindered at home and with unlimited walking and mobility outside.

You would have the ability or potential to use a prosthesis to walk as per the unrestricted outside walker. In addition, high impact stresses and strains may occur because of high functional demands. The walking time and the walking distance are unlimited.

Second or spare prostheses

These are not available as a matter of routine. The manager may approve the issue of a second limb, upon application from the prescriber, if:

  • you work in an occupation which could place extra stress on the prosthesis.
  • you would suffer economic loss by not being able to work while the prescribed limb is being repaired.
  • you live alone in an isolated location and could be stranded if a second limb was not available.

For prosthetic care

FOS Prosthetics and Orthotics

Main clinic:

  • Address: 10 Selby Street, Shenton Park WA 6006
  • Phone: 9381 3444

or:

  • Address: 2/89 North Lake Road, Myaree WA 6154
  • Phone: 9330 3636

Visit FOS Prosthetics and Orthotics (external site).

Orthotic Prosthetic Solutions (OPS)

Main clinic:

  • Address: 2/101 Winton Rd, Joondalup WA 6027
  • Phone: 9328 8022

Satellite clinic:

  • Address: 2/643 Newcastle St, Leederville WA 6007

Visit Orthotic Prosthetic Solutions (external site)

TLCU

  • Address: Unit 4, 147–151 Belmont Avenue, Belmont WA 6104
  • Phone: 9277 2988

Visit TLCU (external site)


Acknowledgements
Western Australian Limb Service for Amputees (WALSA)

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