Did you know that 28 amputation surgeries are performed per day in Australia? That is approximately 8,000 amputations per year.
People living with limb loss make up a significant amount of Australia’s disability populations; in fact, there is a higher incidence of limb loss than any other physical disability in this country.
National Amputee Awareness Week (4-11 October) aims to build community knowledge of limb loss, minimise the stigma that amputees can face, encourage good quality of life outcomes, and educate the community about the high number of amputations in the hope they better manage their healthcare.
Many amputees experience poor psycho-social outcomes, which negatively impacts their ability to regain independence and lead fulfilling lives. Limbs 4 Life works to assist new amputees to regain confidence, return to work and feel socially included. Their Peer Support Program aims to:
- Support client-lead goals
- Share current amputee-specific health literacy resources
- Promote long-term positive health-based outcomes
Visit their website for more information.
Limbs 4 Life offer a range of resources for amputees, including Understanding the healthcare system and What to expect following amputation. Click here to access the resources.