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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 2053

Senator CAVANAGH asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice:

Was the above knee rotator joint in artificial limbs developed by the Repatriation Department to meet the habits of Asians who sit on the floor cross-legged, and have any been fitted to artificial limbs in Australia; if so, how many.


Minister for Repatriation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

No. The knee rotation unit for above knee prostheses was developed by the Repatriation Department's Central Development Unit to test whether the principle of passive rotation above the knee would prove advantageous in situations such as squatting on the floor, gardening, entering a car, etc. Nine prototype units were evaluated by 14 patients in 4 States. Although this evaluation demonstrated that the principle could be given effect in practice, the expected advantages were not as great as hoped for, as so often happens in the research field, and further production was suspended.

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