At Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, our patients come first, always. We want the best possible outcome for you and will do everything in our power to achieve it.
Our strength lies in our experience. As Senior Prosthetists and Orthotists with more than 25 years’ experience both here and overseas, we have the capability to manufacture and fit a wide variety of prostheses and orthotics.
We are hands-on and personally involved with patient care from start to finish. We get to know you, your story and your goals so that we can tailor a solution that meets your exact needs using our expertise in both traditional and new techniques for prosthetic and orthotic treatment.
Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics’ Anton Crous and Peter Osborne are lifelong mates who have dedicated their careers to making a difference in people’s lives.
They attended university together in South Africa in the 1990s, and while their careers and lives took them to different parts of the world for more than two decades, in 2017 they found themselves working for the same practice in Queensland. It was there that they realised their combined experience, specialised skill sets and shared values and philosophy were the foundations for a practice of their own.
Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics was born.
“What a blessing to spend every day giving back to people that have lost so much. Seeing them return to normal life and, in many cases, reach goals they never thought possible is the biggest, most rewarding part of my profession.”
After completing a National Diploma in Orthotics and Prosthetics in South Africa in 1994, Anton spent the next two and half decades honing his craft in public and private practice in South Africa, Burundi and Saudi Arabia, including an eight-year stint in the Saudi capital’s Riyadh Military Hospital. Now happily settled in Australia, Anton is passionate about using his extensive knowledge and experience in Prosthetics and Orthotics to improve the lives of Queensland men, women and children.
Coming from an era in which Prosthetists and Orthotists learned the skills to manufacture devices, Anton has an intricate working knowledge of prosthetic and orthotic design. This, combined with his up-to-the-minute knowledge of the latest technology, equipment and techniques, has ensured Anton has earned a reputation for designing, manufacturing highly effective prosthetic and orthotic solutions.
Anton specialises in:
- Socket design including Ischial-containment sockets and hybrid versions of this design philosophy, and adjustable sockets (RevoFit system) for lower and upper extremities.
- Gait analysis using the innovative Tekscan Foot Function Analysis system to diagnose a variety of foot function abnormalities that can lead to lower limb foot problems like plantar fasciitis.
- Diabetic ulcer offloading effectiveness using in-shoe pressure sensors.
- Amfit CAD-CAM foot orthotics and shoe modifications to improve foot function.
Anton is certified for all Micro-processor prosthetics for lower and upper extremities with a special interest in myoelectric arm prostheses.
“Seeing an amputee walk for the first time gives me no greater sense of pleasure and achievement.”
Peter completed his National Diploma in Orthotics and Prosthetics in South Africa in 1994. He has worked in several private practices during his career, gaining invaluable knowledge, skills and experience in each one.
For the lasts seven and a half years, Peter has worked in private practice in Queensland. This has enabled him to develop a thorough understanding of the Australian and Queensland health system and in particular, the funding bodies which assist his patients to afford well-designed and manufactured prosthetics and orthotics.
Peter is highly skilled in the manufacture of prosthetic limbs and orthotic appliances. Throughout his career, he has placed a priority on staying abreast of developments in this specialised area, attending facilities in Belgium, the Netherlands and the World Congress in Leipzig in Germany.
Peter specialises in:
- Socket design, and especially the lower limb, with an emphasis on traditionally crafted prostheses with side steels and leather work.
- Body-powered extremity prostheses including both below and above elbow solutions. He enjoys the ease with which a patient can adapt and use the prosthesis to achieve a positive outcome.
- Lower limb callipers are Peter’s passion. He is well qualified in the manufacture and fitting of Hip-Knee-Ankle-Foot orthoses, including thermo plastic or laminated appliances.
- Orthotics for children is another key area of expertise for Peter. In South Africa he worked with leaders in the field of paediatric Ankle-Foot Orthotics.
Finding the right solution begins with a thorough consultation and assessment. We take a cast or scan of the residual limb for a prosthesis, or the body part that needs support or correction for an orthosis.
Using the cast or scan, we create a physical plaster of paris mould and/or generate a CAD mould which is then carefully re-worked to create a custom design for a prosthesis or orthotic.
The prosthesis or orthotic is produced for trial (e.g. a test socket) or permanent use using state-of-the-art equipment, components and lightweight, flexible, skin-friendly materials.
Fit, comfort and function are vital. Typically more than one fitting is required to custom fit a prosthesis or orthosis, and it is standard practice for a patient to trial a prosthesis before the definitive prosthesis/orthosis is completed.
Prosthetic and orthotic devices need to be serviced to maintain effective function, and adjustments carried out to accommodate physical changes and optimise fit.
Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics is a registered member of the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA), NDIS, Queensland Artificial Limb Service (QALS) and Department of Veterans Affairs.