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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.
HHA's 2018 Goals
- Expand the range of topics covered in the tips & hints handouts
- Disseminate information brochures to complement the hip dysplasia awareness and safe swaddling flyers
- Increase the number of Spica Table/Chairs, Mocka highchairs and specialised strollers available for hire through our partnership with Hire For Baby
Education & Awareness
- Continue our safe swaddling awareness efforts, to further the reach of our current online awareness efforts
- Host our third Australian Healthy Hips Week to highlight awareness for hip dysplasia
- See HHA posters in every children's hospital and private orthopaedic clinic in Australia to ensure we can connect with every person impacted by hip dysplasia who is in need of support
- Attend parenting expos and appropriate health conferences to increase awareness for the importance of early diagnosis of hip dysplasia
- Connect earlier with newly diagnosed families by increasing the number of services providing them with information about our organisation
- Increase our online presence and explore connecting with families in need via online methods
- Facilitate social catch ups
- Develop and implement a formal support network that meet the needs of the hip dysplasia community
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.Meet Our Board
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.
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.
Together we can make hip dysplasia less overwhelming, and put it on the national agenda. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.Donate Today
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.