The Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
In May 1975, a seminar titled “The Future of Splint Making” was held at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, and attended by interested people from the Australian states and New Zealand. From that meeting, a resolution was passed to form an association. The inaugural meeting of the Australian Orthotic Association was held at the New South Wales Society for Crippled Children, Sydney. On February 18, 1978, AOPA’s name was changed to its current iteration.