Dr Michael Dillon is an Associate Professor and Discipline Lead in Prosthetics and Orthotics at La Trobe University. Michael has worked as an academic for about 15 years following his initial teaching post at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. With expertise in transfemoral prosthetics and in particular, ischial containment socket designs, Michael has taught this clinical speciality to both undergraduates and experienced clinicians both in Australia and abroad. Michael has previously work in interim prosthetic programs and private practice.
Dr. Dillon's research has focused on the outcomes after lower limb amputation, particularly people living with partial foot amputation. His research includes a diverse range of studies including: epidemiology, outcomes after surgery, biomechanics, quality of life and studies of the lived experience. Most recently, Dr. Dillon has lead work to help inform difficult decisions about amputation surgery using a shared decision making approach including development of a decision aid and discussion guide.
Michael has served as President of ISPO Australia following roles as Chair of the Scientific and Education Committee (2004-2010), the Annual Scientific Meeting Liaison Committee (2010-) and Vice President (2005-2011). Michael has been instrumental in the establishment of the ISPO Australia Research Grant and numerous courses and conferences which have been the backbone of ISPO Australia's mission to further education and research.