Resources For Health Professionals

Australian resources

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip Video

Online program for health professionals involved in screening of DDH; this video provides an overview of DDH and its management.


  • Education module
  • Safe wrapping

Developed by Orthopaedics at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne.

Orthotics Computer Technology – West Australian Orthotist.

Fact sheets on the Correctio Harness, Pavlik Harness and Rhino Brace.

Orthokids - Melbourne Children's Orthotic Specialists.

Fact sheets on the Pavlik Harness, and hip abduction braces - the denis browne bar (DBB) and Rhino brace.

Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network (VPON).

Fact sheets on safe wrapping, brace treatment options and DDH overview.

Neonatal ehandbook – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Structured guidelines for the clinical management of conditions regularly encountered by health professionals caring for newborns. For use by medical and nursing personnel working in special care nurseries throughout Victoria.

The Royal Children’s Hospital, Kids Health Info, Fact Sheets;

HHA Resources

HHA Hip Dysplasia Awareness Infographic

HHA Signs & Symptoms Infographic

HHA Safe Swaddling Guidelines

HHA Safe Swaddling Flyer

HHA Patient Handouts

Healthy Hips Australia has developed a series of handouts, for parents, from parents who've been through a hip dysplasia journey of their own. Available here.

International Hip Dysplasia Institute

There is a wealth of information and resources available for orthopaedic surgeons and community based health providers via the IHDI website.

We've showcased a selection of these here. For further information please visit the IHDI website.

Initial fitting of the Pavlik harness. The following is an instructional video, developed by specialists at Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. It is based on the recommendations of the IHDI Medical Advisory Board.

DDH diagnosis pathway


Source: International Hip Dysplasia Institute

The DDH Diagnosis Pathway, above, was approved by the Medical Advisory Board of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) in December, 2015 after being developed and implemented by the St. Luke’s Health System of Idaho. This system of hospitals provides healthcare services for a wide region of the Northwest United States including remote regions and indigenous people. There is an accompanying Power Point presentation, on the IHDI website, which explains the basis for development and implementation. This includes a program for quality assessment and documentation of performance with outcome metrics. For more information, please contact IHDI.


The International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) have made available a Hip Dysplasia Webinar Series from 2015:


Research Articles

Increase in late diagnosed developmental dysplasia of the hip in South Australia: risk factors, proposed solutions

Late diagnosed developmental dysplasia of the hip has trebled in recent years sparkling a call for increased awareness for the condition and the avoidance of inappropriate lower limb swaddling. The Medical Journal of Australia published these findings in April 2016.

Reliability of a New Radiographic Classification for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

The International Hip Dysplasia Institute Classification has been validated and proven more reliable and accurate than older methods. It was published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics in 2014.

Further Hip Dysplasia Related Articles

The IHDI have conducted and/or supported a significant number of published research articles.

Future opportunities in Australia

Healthy Hips Australia aim to facilitate connecting health professionals to professional development opportunities, being run in Australia, specific to hip dysplasia diagnosis, treatment and management.

Please contact us if you would like to advertise a webinar, workshop, seminar, and/or conference related to hip dysplasia.

Who can benefit:

  • General practitioners
  • Interns, residents and registrars
  • Child health nurses
  • Enrolled and registered nurses
  • Allied health professionals
    • Chiropractors
    • Occupational therapists
    • Orthotists
    • Physiotherapists
  • Students in all of the above fields

Please contact us if you have a query about training or would like to offer your services in running some training on behalf of Healthy Hips Australia.