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Mission, Vision & Aims
Healthy Hips Australia aims to increase the availability and accessibility of resources, education and support for people working with and impacted by hip dysplasia.
To ensure resources, education and support are readily available for all people living with hip dysplasia, or raising and working with those affected by it.
- Equal access to support, services and resources for everyone in the community.
- Empowerment and support for individuals and families through knowledge and advocacy.
- Minimisation of the impact of hip dysplasia on development, self care, leisure, work or play roles.
- Maximisation of smiles and fun for everyone involved.
Mr Bruce Foster, MBBS, MD, FRACS is the Healthy Hips Australia patron. For the past 30 years, Bruce has specialised in paediatric orthopaedics. He is currently the deputy director of the department of orthopaedic surgery at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. Bruce also sits on the medical board for the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Bruce’s passion for paediatric orthopaedics is reflected in his set up of the Bone Growth Foundation. Now known as the Bone Health Foundation, it funds research and treatment for Australian children afflicted with bone impairments.
Healthy Hips Australia has a small, enthusiastic board of directors. We also have advisors contributing to the direction of the organisation. We thank them all for volunteering their time and expertise.
Sarah Twomey (Founder & Chairperson) - occupational therapist and mother of two girls with hip dysplasia.
Bruce Matthews - retired Headmaster of a private K-Yr12 School and grandfather to two children with hip dysplasia.
Amy Lymbery - personal assistant and mother of one girl with hip dysplasia.
Nicole Williams - Adelaide paediatric orthopaedic surgeon and University of Adelaide researcher.
Ruby Johnston - human resources professional and mother of one girl with hip dysplasia.
Greg Godwin - Partner of Moore Stephens WA.
Chris Pearce - Partner Blackwall Legal LLP.
Secretary & Public Officer
Robert Twomey - Industrial relations manager and father of two girls with hip dysplasia.
The International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) is the world leader in promoting prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hip dysplasia. The efforts of our founder, Sarah Twomey, have been recognised by her appointment to the International Advisory Board of the IHDI; she is also featured in the Advocate Spotlight section of their website. The IHDI have endorsed several of our parent tips and hints handouts, sharing a link to these under the resources for parents section of their website. We look forward to contributing to the global efforts in promoting prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hip dysplasia along side the IHDI.
Sarah Twomey founded Healthy Hips Australia after recognising the need for a national body offering support and education to those affected by hip dysplasia. A mother of two children with the condition, Sarah was bewildered when her eldest daughter Eve’s two-month stint in a hip harness turned into a two-year ordeal. While her younger daughter Maya’s hip journey has been easier, Sarah believes that increasing support, education and resources in Australia will benefit all people impacted by the condition, along with the community-based health professionals working with them.