Engineering Limbs: Helping Amputees Walk in Vietnam

Over 25 million people in the world need prosthetic orthotic devices, many of whom come from developing countries where access to specialised personnel and services is a major challenge. Demand for artificial limbs is even more urgent in countries where land mines from wars are still prevalent.

Professor Peter Lee from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne, will discuss his bio-mechanical engineering research in developing low–cost artificial limbs, using the Pressure Cast (PCAST) technique, a portable and easy to use prosthetic socket fitting system that requires less technical skill and labour to administer. He will also share his experience working with patients and clinics in Vietnam to implement PCAST.