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Diploma of Orthopaedic Technology: Training Package update approved

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), completed a project to develop a new nationally accredited Diploma of Orthopaedic Technology Qualification and seven new Orthopaedic Technology Units of Competency. This will ensure that orthopaedic technologists have access to contemporary best-practice skills and knowledge in order to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system.
SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC), completed a project to develop a new nationally accredited Diploma of Orthopaedic Technology Qualification and seven new Orthopaedic Technology Units of Competency. This will ensure that orthopaedic technologists have access to contemporary best-practice skills and knowledge in order to meet the current and future needs of the Australian health care system, and especially the needs of patients visiting hospitals or accessing outpatient services. 

To inform the development of the Diploma of Orthopaedic Technology Qualification and seven new Orthopaedic Technology Units of Competency, a Cast Technology Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was initially formed and was later renamed as the Orthopaedic Technology TAC.

The Orthopaedic Technology TAC worked on developing one new Qualification and seven new Units of Competency that were released for public consultation in December 2020 and validation in April 2021.

We thank everyone who provided feedback via the feedback forum, email and attended webinars to inform this project to date.

              Project Governance

              The Technicians Support Services IRC is comprised of a number of key expert stakeholders within the industry, as follows:

              The Orthopaedic Technology TAC comprised of a number of key subject matter expert stakeholders within the industry, as follows:



                Project Status - Approved and Published

                The AISC considered the proposed training package development and update at its meeting on 21 July 2021. The submission was approved and the following Orthopaedic Technology TP Products are now published on training.gov.au.

                One Qualification:

                • HLT57821 Diploma of Orthopaedic Technology.
                • Seven Units of Competency:

                  • HLTOTH001 Apply casts
                  • HLTOTH002 Modify casts
                  • HLTOTH003 Remove casts
                  • HLTOTH004 Apply orthopaedic devices
                  • HLTOTH005 Modify orthopaedic devices
                  • HLTOTH006 Remove orthopaedic devices
                  • HLTOTH007 Apply and remove traction.

                  Further Information

                  For further information, please contact Devika Mudaliar on (02) 9392 8100 or 0438 043 186, or via email at devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au.