About – History of ALA

Artificial Limbs & Appliances prides itself on providing a quality service to the amputees of Queensland. With a mission to help amputees achieve life’s ambitions it is our goal to ensure that all of our clients achieve their highest possible level of function.

ALA opened its doors 19th January 1972. ALA initially had a contract with Queensland Health to supply prosthetic devices to amputees in Queensland. ALA was the only private company in Queensland and was the only alternative to the Repatriation Artificial Limbs & Appliance Centre (RALAC).

In 1974 the Artificial Limb Scheme (ALS) was created by the Federal Government and subsequently all prosthetic and surgical appliance needs were directed to the RALAC.

ALA was one of only three companies in Australia to survive this period of the RALAC strong hold.

In September 1974 ALA started its first regional Queensland clinic at Rockhampton Hospital. With the help of two regional doctors this would be the first of many regional clinics to service the wide spread Queensland amputee population.

1978 saw the introduction of ALA’s second regional amputee clinic in Townsville.

Amputees could now travel to Rockhampton from Mackay and the surrounding regions to have their prosthetic needs attended to. Townsville served as the base for the most northern amputees from Cairns and surrounds for their prosthetic requirements. This meant that a journey to Brisbane was now not required.

During mid 1980 ALA established the Cairns amputee clinic to help the increasing need for prosthetic services to the region.

ALA's Mackay amputee clinic began in early 1990 and was combined with the Rockhampton clinic to be serviced in the second week of every month. The Townsville and Cairns clinics were also combined and serviced every fourth week of the month.

Artificial Limbs & Appliances pioneered the prosthetic services to the northern regions of Queensland and has lead the way in amputee care as a result.