LIFE-CHANGING MOBILITY EQUIPMENT FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that there are 100 million people who need orthoses and currently only 1 in 10 receive them.
Despite having a world-leading medical system, Australia is also struggling to keep up with demand. We have just 1.09 Orthotists per 100,000 population - compared to the WHO guideline of 3 Orthotists per 100,000 population.
As a result, some families will wait up to 8 months just to get an appointment with an Orthotist. From here, Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) can take up to 4-8 weeks to produce as the process involves traditional plaster casting and hand crafting using thermo-formed polypropylene.
AbilityMade is an innovative technology company engaged in the customisation and digital manufacture of custom-made medical devices. AbilityMade aims to help solve this problem - by partnering with Orthotists to leverage advances in 3D scanning and 3D printing to dramatically increase the supply of AFOs for children with a disability. AbilityMade’s products help Orthotists achieve the clinical results they expect and deliver effective, cutting-edge options and better experiences for their patients.
Pangaea Impact Investments is excited to be a foundation investor in AbilityMade.