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AMPUTEES UNITED
OF
AUSTRALIA INC.

"PEAK SYSTEMIC ADVOCACY & WELFARE BODY FOR ALL AMPUTEES"
"Working For Amputees"

Our mission statement
Our goals 
Affiliated organisations
Corporate membership
AUA’s Beginning 
Why the need existed in Australia for a peak body
The need for professional representation 
Support of amputees and their carers 
Future projects 


Contact details
 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Amputees United of Australia Inc. gives every amputee in Australia the oportunity to voice their concerns in a more co-ordinated and effective approach at national and state level.  

Our role is to inform all levels of government, the business sector and the Australian community of the needs of amputees, in relating to their disability and lobby for change as necessary. 

Our goals 
AUA has an important part to play in the development of the industry, and intends to lobby hard to achieve the outcome where every state/territory offers the same componentry, same accreditation levels and same rate of pay for their level of experience for those that work within the industry. We encourage those within the industry to accept our genuine offer of support to work with them in developing and unifying our industry and achieving this goal. 



AUA encourages those working within the industry as Managers of Amputee Services, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Technicians, Physios, Componentry suppliers etc. to apply to become a corporate member supporting the work of AUA.

Becoming a corporate member offers an avenue for constructive input at AUA's meetings, and the opportunity to hear the views of Australia's amputee support organisations which make up the AUA.

ABOUT AMPUTEES UNITED of AUSTRALIA Inc.
 
AUA’s Beginning
On the 2nd of November 1994 amputee organisations from around Australia met in Bankstown for the third attempt to form a national amputee welfare and advocacy body. All 40 in attendance at the forum voted unanimously to form a peak national welfare body for amputees and a steering committee was elected to encourage other amputee organisations to support its development. AUA Inc. was officially incorporated in February 1996 as the peak body to represent amputees within Australia. Each affiliated organisation nominates two delegates, one as a replacement delegate should the first delegate be unable to attend and represent their organisation at meetings of the Council.

Why the need existed in Australia for a peak body to represent amputees
The absence of a peak organisation to speak on behalf of amputees at national and state level has meant amputee organisations around Australia haven’t had an official voice to express their concerns in a coordinated and effective manner. AUA’s Australia-wide membership of affiliated organisations secures its continued growth and recognition as the professional voice on issues relating to amputees.

The need for professional representation
The Australian Bureau of Statistics Disability Test in 1993 estimates that at least 0.1% of the population are amputees, but it is believed that a more accurate figure is 0.25% due to increasing levels of medical amputations arising from vascular disorders. This equates to about 35,000 amputees within Australia. Not all are members of amputee organisations, but all benefit from an organisation specifically established to represent the issues surrounding the disability of amputation. AUA’s main objective is to encourage integration between our peak body and kindred associations on all issues which involve amputees, rehabilitation, community participation and accesss to health services in an attempt to improve amputees’ quality of life.

Support of amputees and their carers
Organisations affiliated to AUA are continually developing projects to assist new amputees overcome amputation, especially those in isolated areas where no amputee support organisations exist. An example of this support is the Amputee and Family Support Group in Queensland procedure, where their members adopt a new amputee in remote areas. AUA supports wherever possible, amputees returning to a lifestyle as normal as possible to that which was enjoyed prior to their amputation.

Future projects

  • AUA will continue to expand on its first national amputee awareness day, which was held on the 11th June 1998. Organisations around Australia supported this day by holding information seminars and displays, staffed by their members and those working within the industry. The aim of the amputee awareness days is to educate the public on the often hidden disability of amputation, and its causes. The expected outcome from these information forums is to develop an awareness of the disability of amputation and the many difficulties experienced in the fitting of an artificial limb, while creating an awareness of the advancements in the industry. The holding of these awareness days puts new amputees in touch with organisations which offer direct assistance and support to amputees and their families.
  • AUA hopes to develop a National Prosthetic Advisory Panel, supported and assisted by all stakeholders, with the clear goal of providing access to the latest componentry innovations under the free limb scheme.
  • Development of a national register of amputees providing comparative data linked to the cause of amputation, age, gender and type of amputation.



Amputees United of Australia Inc.,

Membership to AUA is open to incorporated amputee organisations in Australia which provide support, welfare and advocacy to their members.

 


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