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Introduction Sirindhorn School of Prosthetics and Orthotics
Briefing History of Thai Prosthetics and Orthotics School

When The Sirindhorn National Medical Rehabilitation Center was opened in 1988, The Prosthetics and Orthotics
School conducted the 3 years curriculum up-grading from previous 2 year program taught earlier at Lerd Sin Hospital.
At that time is with assistance from King Mongkut Institute of Technologies. The school had produced a certain
number of graduates but ran into problem in the area of shortages of bachelor degrees instructors capable of teaching
up to university standard. As such, the school closed down in 1999 despite attempts to revive teaching of the matter
to meet standard requirement of this profession.
Since, there was close collaboration in the area of caring of disabled patients between the Sirindhorn National
Medical Rehabilitation Center and the Hyogo Rehabilitation Center in Japan .Dr Sawamura considered to set up
Prosthetics and Orthotics School in South East Asia and proposed Thailand as the most suitable place.
Dr. Eiji Tazawa Board member of ISPO, he advised the Sirindhorn National Medical Rehabilitation Center to seek
collaboration from the Faculty of Medicines Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University to set up Prosthetics and Orthotics
School. Dr Tazawa further invited officials from Nippon Foundation to pay visit to SNMRC which after several time of
discussions led to set up of Prosthetics and Orthotics school 5 years course project with clear aim of training
qualified instructor in this matter.
Current Thai Prosthetics and Orthotics School had officially established on September 4, 2002 by collaboration
between Sirindhorn National Medical Rehabilitation Center and Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
with supporting from Nippon Foundation. The school aimed to produce good qualify Prosthetists and Orthotists
in Bachelor degree level in the name of Bachelor of Science in Prosthetic and Orthotic. In order to utilize their knowledge
to produce Prosthetics and Orthotics rehabilitate patient or disable people, and also develop Prosthetics and Orthotics
in Thailand into the international standard which will help disable people into self sustainable. And with all support
the project had been success by in year 2006, the school produced 9 Prothetists and Orthotists which will help
developing Prosthetics and Othotics field in Thailand in the future.
In April 2006, the school moved to the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University . The school is aiming to
accredit ISPO Category 1 standard and develop project in to International curriculum.In March 2009,school was
recognized ISPO standard Category I.

In April of 2006, the school moved over to the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. The school had a desire to become ISPO Category 1 accredited and develop a more robust and internationally focused curriculum. In March of 2009 the school received Category 1 recognition and in 2010 the school opened a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics international program. A new aim, to become a leader in the Prosthetics and Orthotics field in South East Asia was initiated. The necessity to have academic and research standards of high quality was the catalyst for another development at SSPO.The school adopted a quality management system by implementing the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) system

In 2012 Intertek Moody International awarded SSPO with ISO 9001:2008 certification. On September 22, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess MahaChakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the Grand Opening Ceremony of SSPO. On February 13, 2013, a memorandum of understanding was signed outlining collaboration between SSPO, the Human Study and the ISPO with the intention to create an international Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics via Blended Distance Learning Program. During April of that same year, the ISPO awarded the school with full ISPO Category 1 accreditation for five years, the maximum duration possible.

On August 21, 2013 an international curriculum was approved by the Mahidol University Council.

In April of 2015, SSPO was officially acknowledged as an individual department by the Mahidol University Council and in September of that same year, SSPO’s service section received ISO 9001:2008 certification. Over the last twenty-eight years Prosthetics and Orthotics education in Thailand and South East Asia has grown. The early days of two and three year coursework has developed into an entirely new academic department within a major university that offers a robust internationally minded curriculum and opportunities for participation in scholarly research. The greatest beneficiary of this entire initiative are the individuals with varying disabilities in Thailand and around South East Asia whose lives have been dramatically changed for the better by professionals trained and educated in our school.

1. To produce the prosthetist/orthotist graduate who are compassionate and professional
  with bachelor degree at international standard level.
2. To provide the excellent service for the changing of society with modern technology at international level.
3. To conduct the research for improving physically challenged people's quality of life.
Prosthetics & Orthotics School towards international excellence
“Mind service Happy Staff”
Structure of SSPO School
Sirindhorn School of Prosthetics and Orthotics
Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
14 Arun-Aumarin Road, Arun-Aumarin, Bangkoknoi, Bangkok, 10700 Thailand., Tel. +(66) 2 4193452
(Monday- Friday 8.30-16.30 Thailand time)