Stewart James welcomes Dr Kohler's appointment as President of ISPO

General Manager for HammondCare Health and Hospitals, Stewart James, today congratulated Senior Staff Specialist, Dr Friedbert Kohler, on his recent appointment as President of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO).

ISPO is a global NGO aiming to improve the quality of life for people who need prosthetic, orthotic, mobility and assistive devices. It works closely with the World Health Organisation advising on education, research, trends and issues.

“Dr Kohler’s appointment is a reflection of the high regard in which he is held internationally and domestically as a leader in rehabilitation and assistive technology,” Mr James said.

“His work as a rehabilitation specialist for Braeside, Liverpool and Fairfield Hospitals, along with his research in road related trauma, amputation and mobility and his passion for increasing access to equipment and technology for the billion people who need assistive technology is greatly admired by everyone who has the opportunity to work with him.”

Dr Kohler President of ISPO

Dr Kohler said during his two year appointment he planned to champion the needs of the people who were dependant on assistive technology, in particular prosthetics and orthotics, but could not afford or source them.

“There are people who have lost limbs because of war, road accidents, poor health or lifestyle diseases, and for a range of circumstances cannot access assistive technology. My goal as President is to increase collaboration with other organisations to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities across the globe,” Dr Kohler said.

“I would also like to see ISPO become an affiliated organisation of the United Nations.”

Dr Kohler was involved in the planning and construction of Braeside Hospital from the beginning – more than 20 years ago. He is the director of Medical Services, Braeside Hospital and the Clinical Director of Aged Care and Rehabilitation in Sydney’s South-West.

“My work at Braeside Hospital has highlighted how rehabilitation and technology can combine to improve mobility for older people, accident victims and stroke sufferers so that they can have fulfilling lives. We are involved in a large scale, long term project with other academics and clinicians that is continuing to push the boundaries of what we know about ageing and rehabilitation and how this body of knowledge can be translated to improve the lives of those in our care.”

ISPO has 71 member countries and its members include prosthetists and orthotists, prosthetic and orthotic (P&O) technicians, orthopaedic surgeons, rehabilitation doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthopaedic shoemakers, nurses and biomechanical/rehabilitation engineers.

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