Purchase our Walking Aid Training Package!

The Walking Aid Training Package (WATP) can now be purchased!

The WATP was developed by Motivation Australia to increase the safe and effective provision of walking aids by hospital and community based health, rehabilitation and community workers.

The WATP includes the following resources:

  • Colour printed materials: trainer cards, printed visual aids, service forms, handouts, activity cards, evaluation forms and certificate template.
  • Digital resources on USB: includes Powerpoint visual aids, resources and gait training video

See the WATP flyer for more details. If you would like to purchase the WATP, please contact Kate Shortt.

Note: The package was developed as part of a broader program to strengthen assistive device provision in Papua New Guinea, and funded by the Australian Government through the Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen project. There is no cost for electronic copies of the package for service providers in developing countries. Please contact Lauren Flaherty for more information. 

End of Financial Year Appeal

This year, Motivation Australia has worked with our local partners in seven countries in the Pacific Region and Ethiopia to strengthen rehabilitation and assistive device services for people with a disability.

In this financial year, we have trained 60 people, and 971 people have received a new mobility device or had their device repaired as a direct result of our work. We have also introduced a Diabetic Foot Clinic in Samoa that is helping to reduce the rate of amputation in that country.

With your help, we will continue working to strengthen and consolidate services, increase the number of local staff trained. Our objective is to ensure more children and adults with disabilities can access the services they need.

If you have not already made a donation to Motivation Australia this financial year (or want to make another!)                  please consider making a tax deductible donation before June 30th:

Here’s how:

  • EFT: BSB: 633000 / Account Number: 138797626 / Reference: your name
  • Online: Donate via GiveNow
  • Telephone: 08-85566703
  • In person: Visit us at 8 Hakea Walk, Aldinga Arts Eco Village


Vanuatu Technical Support Visit

Our recent technical support visit (May 16) to Vanuatu to meet with stakeholders involved in the Vanuatu wheelchair service provision project proved how valuable the time we spend to “tok tok” with our partners is.

Combined with the delivery of a two-day workshop for Wheelchair Service Managers; during this visit we met with our partners the Vanuatu Society for Persons with Disabilities (VSPD), Sanma Frangipani Association (SFA), the Disability Desk (Ministry of Justice and Community Services) and the Ministry of Health. We were able to discuss some of the key issues that need to be addressed when initiating consistent, sustainable, equitable mobility device services such as ensuring personnel have the right training, systems for data collection, setting up and maintaining facilities, and inter-organisation collaboration to manage referrals and follow up of wheelchair users in the community.

We were also able to progress discussions with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Justice and Community Services in finalising a Memorandum of Understanding for our partnership, which includes agreed standards of provision for wheelchair services. This is a very important step, and we welcome the due consideration that this MOU has been given by both Ministries.

We now look forward to delivering wheelchair service delivery training (WHO basic level) in Vanuatu in early July 2016.

Wheelchair Service Management Workshop

Running a successful wheelchair (or any other assistive technology) service requires management level support. That means that managers need to understand how to plan, implement and manage their service; motivate personnel; and ensure that the right resources are in place when they are needed. In most developing countries, service managers also need to be incredibly resourceful, in order to make the best use of often ridiculously scant funds, staff, equipment and products. They also need to know how to advocate to donors to ensure that they receive what they need (and not just what others want to give, or in the worst case, get rid of); and how to promote the value of their service amongst competing priorities.

Elsie 390x390To help support some of the key people in the Pacific Region who manage wheelchair and other disability services, Motivation Australia ran a two-day Wheelchair Service Management Workshop in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The Workshop brought together some of the people who are truly the back-bone of disability specific services in their countries. This included staff from the Spinal Injuries Association in Fiji, Tungaru Rehabilitation Service in Kiribati, Mobility Device Service (National Health Service) in Samoa, the Community Based Rehabilitation Service in the Solomon Islands and both Government and Non-Government services in Vanuatu. The Workshop was facilitated by Motivation Australia, with local support from the Vanuatu Society for Persons with Disabilities. We were also delighted to have the strong support of the Vanuatu Ministry of Justice and Community Services who welcomed the overseas participants and hosted a closing dinner.

The Workshop utilised the World Health Organisation Wheelchair Service Training Package Management Module; as well as resources developed by Motivation Australia and partners in the Pacific Region. Considerable time was built into the programme to allow for participants to discuss and share their strategies for successfully implementing wheelchair and other mobility device services in their countries. This opportunity for sharing proved to be one of the most successful outcomes from the Workshop, and all participants strongly requested further opportunities to meet in similar forums in the future.

Samoa 390x390Motivation Australia would like to thank USAID for their generous support, through the US based Leadership, Management Group, VSPD personnel for their coordination on the ground, the Vanuatu Ministry of Justice and Community Services and all of the participants for their great commitment towards improving services for people with disabilities in their countries and the Pacific Region.

Timor Leste – Wheelchair Training

Motivation Australia was delighted to work directly with our partners in Timor Leste, the National Centre for Rehabilitation (CNR), to deliver basic level wheelchair service delivery training for four technical staff and eight clinical staff.

The training, delivered early May 2016, was co-funded by Motivation Australia and LDS Charities. Motivation Australia consultants, Andrew Congdon (Occupational Therapist) and Andrew Rose (Rehabilitation Engineer) delivered the training over eight days, using the WHO Wheelchair Service Training Package – Basic Level, as well as some additional material developed by Motivation Australia to cover the types of wheelchairs that our partners most commonly use. The training included a mix of theoretical and practical sessions, with nine wheelchair users attending the training to provide participants with an excellent opportunity to practice their skills in wheelchair assessment, prescription, fitting and user training.

This in-country visit was also an opportunity to discuss CNR’s current wheelchair services with the management team, including Executive Director Veronica das Dores, Clinical Programme Director Nazario da Silva, and Administrative and Logistics Director Alexandre Morais. Training observations and service development recommendations were discussed in further detail at the conclusion of training with Nazario da Silva, Angelito Cacerres, Workshop Manager, and Tomas Oqui, Senior Physiotherapist.

Motivation Australia and CNR have a long history of working together, and plan to continue our collaboration to help improve the rehabilitation services available for people with a disability in Timor Leste.

Fiji technical training

Motivation Australia, Fiji National University (FNU) School of Physiotherapy and the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) have been working together since 2012 to increase the numbers of trained wheelchair service providers.

Together we have trained a number of clinicians and technicians using the Wheelchair Service Training Package – Basic level (WSTPb). In 2012, FNU integrated the WSTPb into their Physiotherapy and Community Rehabilitation Assistant courses. While this has significantly increased the numbers of clinically trained personnel in Fiji (and around the Pacific), the numbers of technicians who can assemble, adjust, repair and maintain wheelchairs remained low.

In order to address this, Motivation Australia and the SIA held a three-day technical training workshop in Suva. Six participants from Fiji’s two main islands attended the training, which covered: wheelchair assembly, maintenance and repairs.

This training has expanded the numbers of trained technicians at the SIA and provided the opportunity for the development of a new wheelchair service at Labasa Hospital on the island of Vanua Levu. While Labasa physiotherapy department previously had access to clinicians, there were no trained technicians on the island!

Congratulations to all who successfully completed the training!

Diabetic foot care research

The Samoan National Health Service’s Diabetic Foot Clinic (DFC) was established almost a year ago, with the goal of providing quality, multidisciplinary wound management to reduce the number of amputations caused by diabetic foot complications.

While we can see the benefits of the DFC through individual client outcomes it is important to understand the broader benefits (and costs) of the clinic in order to ensure that it is both effective and sustainable.

Marjolein Weigman from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, has been interning with Motivation Australia in order to undertake this research as part of her Bachelors Thesis. Marjolein recently spent three weeks in Samoa collecting data required to complete her project investigating the “Costs and benefits of the Diabetic Foot Clinic in Samoa”.

She is now in the process of analysing the wealth of data she collected and is looking forward to sharing her findings. We are certainly excited to hear about the findings of her research and hope that the data can be used to expand non-surgical diabetic foot services throughout the Pacific!

Marjolein and Motivation Australia would like to extend a sincere thankyou to all personnel from the National Health Service and Ministry of Health for their support and collaboration, with a special thanks to the staff at the Mobility Device Service and DFC.

She is pictured above with some of the MDS team (L-R): Junior, Timani, Ao, Marjolein, Pauline and AJ.

Entertainment Book 2016-17!

Order your 2016-17 Entertainment Book from Motivation Australia and help us to do more!

Why purchase a Entertainment Book? There is over $20,000 worth of value packed into the book (paper or digital format) for $65. You can share digital memberships with others in your family household and there are constant updates to the offers available.

20% of every membership sold contributes to our fundraising, so it’s a great way to support Motivation Australia while enjoying all the savings and benefits of the Entertainment Book for the next year!

Silent Art Auction

Motivation Australia is thrilled to have the support of local and international artists for a very special Silent Art Auction at the Capri Movie Night. 100% of proceeds from the Art Auction will be used to support our programs overseas.

The Auction will open at the Goodwood Capri Theatre before our Movie Night on the 4th of June. For those of you who cannot attend, email bids are welcome up to 5:00pm 3rd of June.

Show your support for Motivation Australia and at the same time gain a beautiful piece of artwork by a fabulous artist!

Jennifer Hockey: Windy Day at the Beach, Pastel

Pool Gazing. Jennifer Hockey. PastelJennifer came to Australia in 1966 from England; having attended Art College in Plymouth. Her mediums are pastel and watercolour. Jennifer is actively engaged in the South Australian arts community as a teacher, Elected Fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts, long standing member of the Adelaide Art Society, and a Founding and Life member of the Pastel Artists of South Australia. She has won many First Prizes in major South Australian exhibitions and her work is hung in several public buildings, galleries and private collections in Australia and overseas.  Her preferred subjects are life drawing, portraiture, beach scenes, Cornish fishing villages, and landscapes.



Size: 500×520 mm including frame. Minimum bid: $150.

Alan Ramashandran

Alan RamashandranAllan was born in Singapore and his artistic talent was apparent at an early age. Alan is a well-established South Australian artist, who proclaims to be captivated by the streetscapes and landscapes of Adelaide and Australia. Allan is an award winning artist, a generous and inspirational teacher, and his paintings are in collections around the world.















Size: 440×460 mm including frame. Minimum bid: $300.

Annette Inwood 

Annette Inwood is a resident of the Aldinga Arts Eco Village; where she has the freedom to explore her artistic talents to the full. Annette loves painting all genres including portraits, landscape, seascapes, wildlife, the outback and still life. She has studied pastels with Jennifer Hockey and is a member of the Pastel Arts Society of South Australia and the Royal Adelaide Society of Arts South Australia.

Annette Inwood: Views over McLaren Vale, print on recycled paper from Original Art, finished with watercolour

Views over McLaren Vale. 2. Print on recycled paper from Original Art, finished with water colour. Annette Inwood1










Size: 330×430 mm including frame. Minimum bid: $50.

Annette Inwood: Views over McLaren Vale 2, print on recycled paper from Original Art, finished with watercolour

Views over McLaren Vale. 2. Print on recycled paper from Original Art, finished with water colour. Annette Inwood

Size: 330×430 mm including frame. Minimum bid: $50.

Annette Inwood: Black Pool Creek, Broken Hill

Black Pool Creek. Broken Hill. Annette Inwood








Size: 660×570 mm including frame. Minimum bid: $200.

Louise Johnston: Lemons, Watercolour

Lemons. Louise Johnston. WatercolourLouise’s work has been well recognised in a series of local awards including McLaren Vale Visitors Centre 2013 People’s Choice; National Adult Learners Week Art Competitions 1st Prize 2008 and 2009; and 2nd Prize at the 2009 Royal Adelaide Show.





Size: 315×260 mm including frame. Minimum bid: $60.

Anne Bates: Hallett Cove, Watercolour

Beach Scene. Anne Bates. WatercolourAnne began painting in 1967; working in watercolours and oil. Anne is a talented and prolific artist. She owned her own Gallery, the ‘Butcher’s Hook’ for 15 years; has had 12 solo exhibitions and has won numerous awards, including 1st prize at Murray Bridge Rotary Exhibition, Walkerville Rotary Exhibition for Watercolour, and Horsham Rotary Exhibition for a pair of oils. Her work is displayed art in collections and galleries around the world and interstate.



Anne enjoys painting the outback and during her travels has  taken thousands of photographs to work from in her home studio.

Size: 280×230 including frameMinimum bid: $75.

Roe Gartelmann

Roe Gartlemann is a well-known Southern Fleurieu artist, who works from a studio in the hills behind Willunga. Her artworks are expressive and colourful, using a variety of media; and she has shared her skills with others working as an Artist in Residence, painting demonstrator, workshop tutor and exhibition judge. Roe has won numerous awards including the Wimmera Prize, firsts at Pt Macquarie and Murray Bridge, 2nd for the Kernewek Lowender; and three times winner of the Walter Wotzke Award.

Roe Gartelmann: The Kata Tjuta from the West, Watercolour

he Kata Tjuta from the West. Roe Gartelmann. Watercolour.










Minimum bid: $175.

Roe Gartelmann: Mataranka Springs, Watercolour

Mataranka Springs. Watercolour. Roe Gartlemann

Size: 700×560 mm including frameMinimum bid: $200.

Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers is a renowned visual artist and tutor with particular expertise in painting with acrylics and teaching the same. Richard leads workshops throughout Australia and regularly runs coaching clinics in his studio giving personalised tuition to people wishing to learn to paint and artists who want to take their painting skills to the next level.

Richard Rogers: Through Jungle Dark, Limited Edition Print on Canvass

hrough Jungle Dark. Limited Edition Print on Canvass. Richard Rogers

Size: 440×545 mm. Minimum bid: $75.

Richard Rogers: Emu wonders why he is always stuck with the kids. Giclee Print, Limited Edition

Emu wonders why he is always stuck with the kids. Giclee Print Cericied Limited Edition, Richard Rogers

Size: 460 x 560 including frame.  Minimum bid: $100.

Richard Rogers: Emu as a Redhead, Limited Edition Giclee Print

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Size: 460×510 mm including frame. Minimum bid: $100.

Peggy Miller King: Two Chooks, Oil on Canvas

Two Chooks. Peg Miller King. Oil on CanvassPeggy Miller King is an established artist, and paints purely for pleasure. Her brightly coloured canvasses are in many collections both here, interstate and overseas. Peggy’s style ranges from abstract to Australian Impressionism.







Size: 230×230 including frameMinimum bid: $90.

Lindsay MacLeod

Creating in preferred mediums of oils, coloured pencils or gouache Lindsay MacLeod has enjoyed painting and drawing over the past fifty years as a hobby. Exhibiting with art clubs and societies this hobby has been quite successful, with paintings now in private collections on three continents! Capturing any subject that appeals and is of interest – excepting portraits – Lindsay’s style can be described as realistic with impressionistic undertones. Other mediums used are pen and ink, water colour and acrylics illustrating her flexibility and skills. Lindsay presently lives in Scotland U.K., in a village forty miles north of Edinburgh and is working on a commission of racing motorcycles in oils. A constant statement of hers is – you are never bored with a pencil or brush in your hand!

Lindsay MacLeod: Spring Fisticuffs

Spring Fisticuffs

Minimum bid: $80.

Lindsay MacLeod: Preening Swan

Preening Swan


Lindsay MacLeod: Red Boots

Red Boots

Minimum bid: $80.

Lindsay MacLeod: Clematis


Minimum bid: $80.

Denise Maddigan: Beyond Cowdry

2015 Near Cowra oilDenise started painting again in 2013 after a long break following studies for a Diploma of Teaching (Art) in South Australia. During the intervening years her interest in painting was mainly as an intense observer. She works mainly in acrylic but occasionally in oil and pastel, and experiments with media and techniques. Recently drawings, collage and mixed media have been inspirational beginnings for increasingly abstracted expressions of the natural and built environment. The beautiful south coast and hills of the Fleurieu Peninsula are favourite subjects.

Denise was awarded a prize in the 2016 Goolwa Art and Photographic Exhibition, and a commendation in the 2015 Solar Art Prize.

Minimum bid: $100

John Freeman: Study, Willunga Hills

John Freeman, Study, Willunga Hills

John trained as an artist and a teacher, completing a number of degrees including Fine Arts, Visual Arts and Education. He taught in a number of Australian educational institutions for over a decade before venturing into the commercial environment. The main influence on John’s art has been his exposure to children’s art. “I seek to express in its pure and naïve form, the humanness of our condition within our placed environment, in particular, those deeply personal aspects of my own life, profoundly impacted by the love of my family and my engagement with the Divine.” More recently John has ventured into the area of “abstraction”.




Size: 600 x 450 mm. Minimum bid: $250.

Brooke Walker: Personalised portrait of your pet

Example Brooke 2Brooke Walker is an emerging South Australian Artist. Growing up on 10 acres in McLaren Vale she has always had a fondness for all creatures. Her highly detailed charcoal drawings uniquely capture the essence of the animal. Brooke’s work has been displayed in many local exhibitions including the RSASA Characters of the Fleurieu art prize.





Size: 200 x 300 mm. Minimum bid: $150

Melissa Puust: Silver and blue tourmaline necklace

MelissaMelissa Puust is a multi-talented graphic designer, illustrator and jeweller. Originally completing a degree in Jewellery Design at UniSA, Melissa has had a full career making jewellery and lecturing in design, drawing and jewellery illustration both at UniSA and ACArts Tafe. Melissa now owns a small gallery and Jewellery studio to display hers and others work, at ‘Temple’ in Willunga.


Melissa’s work is varied, often responding to a particular theme or aesthetic. Most importantly she enjoys seeing customers respond positively to something she has created, and adorning themselves with something that makes them feel good. She also enjoys making pieces on commission, and uses the sketching and design process to create something unique for each individual.