DHB / Crown Prescribing Guidelines

Below are general prescribing guidelines.

They may not apply in all areas.

Crown hospital staff members must have authority to prescribe from their manager.

Custom made surgical footwear, KAFOs, and complex knee bracing can only be prescribed by a hospital (or Orthotic Centre Assessment Clinic) Specialist.

Hospital doctors may prescribe all orthoses up to custom made surgical footwear, KAFOs and other complex orthoses.

Hospital physiotherapists may prescribe off-the-shelf products and non complex orthoses.

Hospital occupational therapists may prescribe off-the-shelf products and non complex orthoses.

DHB employed community physiotherapists may prescribe off-the-shelf products and non complex orthoses.

DHB employed paediatric physiotherapists may prescribe soft good and non complex orthoses and may re-prescribe AFO, etc. originally prescribed a specialist. Senior physiotherapists may also prescribe original AFOs, and similar when there is no specialist involved with the child.

Ministry of Education employed physiotherapists may prescribe to the same level as a DHB employed paediatric physiotherapists. This does not apply in all regions.

DHB employed community nurses may not prescribe but may refer to the orthotic assessment clinic.

DHB employed podiatrists may prescribe all lower limb orthotics except custom made footwear, KAFOs, and other complex orthoses.

If you are still unsure if your treatment will be funded or paid for by yourself privately

Please check our Q & A section on referral types for further clarification.

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We have some exciting changes happening at the Orthotic Centre.

Changes to Service
In line with our customer-focused approach and the Ministry of Health and DHB objectives, we are moving to a decentralised community-based health care service.

Our clinic in Great South Rd is closed

We are currently in the process of moving our manufacturing facilities to a new address in Mt Wellington.

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New Locations
In addition to our current sites in Remuera, Morrin Rd and Albany, we now have new clinics in Mangere East, Wai Health and soon Mt Roskill and Takanini. Addresses for our clinics are on the website. Call your nearest centre.