Urinary Management Products Trial

Motivation Australia and the Spinal Injuries Association of Fiji have now completed our trial of urinary management products in Fiji. Our evaluation of the trial included interviews with participants and key stakeholders involved in the project.

Overall, the monthly supply packs were considered a great success, and we witnessed significant health, financial and social benefits for individuals. For example, one woman shared that she no longer needs to use cloths to stay dry. Before, she was frequently wet, and had to change her clothes several times a day. She is now going out more, and feels much more positive. The trial included developing training materials to support the safe provision of urinary management products, targeting community level personnel and users of these products.

Contact Kylie Mines for a full report. Our hope is that learning from the trial will enable us to continue to work with stakeholders to implement a long term solution to the need for a consistent, affordable supply of urinary management products for all.

For now, Motivation Australia and the Spinal Injuries Association will continue to provide trial participants with monthly packs of urinary management products.

The trial was funded by the Australian Government, June Canavan Foundation and Claire Murphy Fund. We were also supported with donations of some products by Paralogic and Coloplast; and greatly appreciated the support of specialist nurse Michael Arthur from ParaQuad SA.

Mobility Device Service Support

Motivation Australia is currently working in partnership with the Rehabilitation Division of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in the Solomon Islands to provide technical support in strengthening their mobility device services.

The Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Unit has been running wheelchair services in the Solomon Islands for a number of years. Following a partnership project with Motivation Australia in 2012-13, the Solomon Islands National University integrated wheelchair service delivery training (utilizing a World Health Organisation Wheelchair Service Training Package) into their diploma course for Community Based Rehabilitation workers. As a result of this training, and previous training initiatives between the CBR Unit and Motivation Australia, there are a number of personnel in the country with good capacity to provide basic level wheelchair services.

Through our current engagement with the Rehabilitation Division, Motivation Australia will be assisting in training some of these personnel to meet the needs of children and adult wheelchair users who need additional postural support. We will also provide support to assist in reviewing and planning for much needed improvements in prosthetics and orthotics services.

Our work in the Solomon Islands is currently funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Non-Government Cooperation Programme. For more information, contact Kylie Mines

Music trivia quiz night

Support women with disabilities in Ethiopia and have a great time at our upcoming Music Trivia Quiz Night in Willunga, South Australia.

Hosted by JD from Ultimate Quiz, the evening will include games, raffle and prizes.

BYO drinks and nibbles. You will be able to purchase tea, coffee and cakes on the night.

Date: 5th of November, 2016.

Location: Willunga Show Hall, Main Road, Willunga.

Tickets: Adults $15, children 5-16 years $5.

Consider getting a group together – 10 per table!

Tickets for adults can be purchased online with a credit card or PayPal account.

Or, contact Jane on 0466675192.

You will be able to purchase kids tickets at the door on the night – see you there!!

Walking Aids Training Package

Motivation Australia’s Walking Aid Training Package (WATP) is aimed at increasing safe and effective provision of walking aids by hospital and community based health, rehabilitation and community workers.

By the end of the training participants should have more knowledge about how to:

  • Assess the needs of a person who may benefit from a walking aid
  • Select an appropriate walking aid for a user, considering their environment and physical needs
  • Fit an appropriate walking aid to a user and teach them how to use it safely
  • Follow up a walking aid user and provide any necessary adjustments, maintenance or additional user training

If you would like to purchase a printed copy of the WATP package, please contact Kate Shortt.

If you would like to download an e-copy of the WATP, please fill out your details below. Once you click ‘submit’ you will be re-directed to a page with links to the WATP files.



Rogue One: Movie Fundraiser

Motivation Australia is pleased to announce the next Movie Fundraiser event! Rogue One, A Star Wars Story is due for Australian release on the 15th of December – be amongst the first to see it on Saturday the 17th of December at the Capri Theatre in Goodwood.

Doors open at 2.30pm, tickets cost $25 and come with a free glass of wine, beer or juice. Prizes for the best dressed on the night – so get planning!!

Need more information about the movie? Check out the Rogue One website and trailer!

1. Tickets available through PayPal with a credit / debit card or PayPal account. 

2. Bank transfer: $25 per ticket

Account name: Motivation Australia Development Organisation

BSB: 633 000 Account no: 138797626

Reference: Your name; and “Rogue”

3. Credit card payment over the phone:

Phone Motivation Australia during business hours to make a payment over the phone: +61 8 85566703

Volunteer Orthotist for Tonga

Motivation Australia and Scope Global are looking for an Orthotist to support Diabetic Foot Care in Tonga in partnership with the National Diabetes Centre (NDC). Amputations as a result of diabetic foot wounds is a significant, and growing health issue that is impacting on the lives of Tongans and draining health services of their resources.

The NDC has a multi-disciplinary team, is well established and has good links with the surgical team. There is, however, a gap in their capacity to provide offloading as a means of improving healing rates for ulcers.

In this role, you will train NDC personnel in orthotic offloading techniques and procure and set-up the tools and equipment required to continue to provide them through the Diabetic Foot Clinic.

You will be supported in this by Motivation Australia’s team, and have access to existing resources that were developed as part of the Keep Moving Project and the Samoan Diabetic Foot Clinic (DFC).

See the AVID website for more information about this position (and an application form) or contact Ray Mines, RAP project manager directly: raymines@motivation.org.au.

Volunteer Podiatrist or Nurse for Kiribati

Motivation Australia and Scope Global is looking for a Podiatrist or Nurse to support the establishment of a Diabetic Foot Clinic at Tungaru Central Hospital (TCH) in Kiribati as part of the Regional Amputation Prevention Project (RAP-1).

Amputations as a result of diabetic foot wounds is a significant, and growing health issue that is impacting on the lives of I-Kiribati and draining health services of their resources.

In this role, you will work alongside medical, nursing and allied health personnel at TCH to establish the clinic, utilising Motivation Australia’s existing resources that were developed as part of the Keep Moving Project and the Samoan Diabetic Foot Clinic (DFC).

See the AVID website for more information about this position (and an application form) or contact Ray Mines, RAP project manager directly: raymines@motivation.org.au.

Diabetic Foot Care in Kiribati

Lauren and Ray from Motivation Australia conducted a one week rapid assessment of the current status of diabetic foot care at Tungaru Central Hospital (TCH) in Kiribati. MA have been working with the Tungaru Rehabilitation Service (TRS) at the same hospital since 2008. In Kiribati MA are partnering with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS). All amputations are performed at TCH, which is the main hospital located on South Tarawa. Data gathered by the MHMS Health Information Unit shows that a total of 89 lower limb amputations were performed there in 2015.

The scope of this initial project visit is to understand the current status of diabetic foot wound management in Kiribati; and undertake consultations with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and key stakeholders in order to plan activities.

TCH medical personnel consulted, all described a similar situation with diabetic foot wounds to that experienced by MA in Samoa in the Diabetic Foot Clinic there; people with diabetic foot wounds seek medical assistance very late (for various reasons), by which time their wounds are large and infected, which almost always leads to surgical debridement or amputation. Many factors contribute to the situation in Kiribati such as the high rates of uncontrolled diabetes, barefoot walking, a lack of health information, distance from services and the cost of travel, fear of hospitalisation and amputation, changes in lifestyle, etc.

ki-tch-390x390px-02In 2014 the International Diabetes Federation reported that Pacific Island countries accounted for eight of the top ten countries in the world for diabetes prevalence, with some rates as high as 37% (Kiribati’s published rate is 26%). The increasing burden diabetes is placing on social and health systems in the region, makes the prevention and treatment of diabetes complications a priority.

Foot wounds (ulcers) are amongst the most common complications of uncontrolled diabetes. People with diabetes are more susceptible to developing foot ulcers that are slower to heal. Currently in many Pacific countries, untreated, infected diabetic foot ulcers often lead to multiple amputations and sometimes death.

The Regional Amputation Prevention (RAP) project is a multi-country initiative by Motivation Australia (MA) in direct response to the rapidly rising rate of diabetes related amputations in the Pacific Region. This first phase of the RAP project is funded by the Australia Government and LDS Church Charities.

Through the project MA will provide technical support and assist in coordinating external inputs in order to support I-Kiribati medical and rehabilitation personnel to establish and sustain a Diabetic Foot Clinic. The aim is to contribute to the MHMS achieving a reduction in diabetic-related amputations from 90 (base line in 2011) to 68 (2019 target in the Strategic Plan), and aligns with the MHMS Strategic Plan (2016-19) Objective:

“Strengthen initiatives to reduce the prevalence of risk factors for NCDs, and to reduce morbidity, disability and mortality from NCDs” and Strategic action 1.5: “Strengthen initiatives around prevention, detection and management of diabetes and its complications.”

The MA team would like to thank everyone who participated for their time and valuable contributions. We are grateful to the hospital personnel who patiently assisted us to learn about a situation which is no doubt challenging for them in the frontline delivery of health services. Special thanks to Tekoaua Tamoroa, Chief Officer in Charge, Tungaru Rehabilitation Service (TRS) for facilitating our visit.

Capri Movie Night: Sully

Join Motivation Australia on Friday the 9th of September at the Capri Movie Theatre in Adelaide for a night at the movies!

This time, we feature the movie Sully – the untold story of what happened after Captain “Sully” Sullenberger landed his plane on the Hudson River, on January 15th, 2009 saving the lives of all 155 on board.  This fascinating film is from Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood and stars the fabulous Tom Hank, Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney.

Tickets are $25 and include a free glass of wine, beer or a soft drink. Doors open at 5.45pm for a 6.30pm showing.

Buy your tickets today!

Option one: Through your Pay Pal Account:

Option two: Phone the Motivation Office on 08 8556 6703 to make a credit card payment over the phone.

Option three: Transfer money directly into Motivation Australia’s bank account:

BSB: 633000    ACCOUNT NO: 138797626

Reference: Your name + Sully

Thank you to our friends at Hither & Yon, Goodiesons Brewery, and Mountain Fresh for donating our refreshments!

If you cannot make it, but you would like to buy a ticket for us to gift to someone who can – no problem! contact Kate today.


Kylie Mines

Kylie qualified as an Occupational Therapist in Adelaide, in 1989, and has always had a strong interest in wheelchair provision and supportive seating. Kylie began working in international development in Lithuania in 1991; and joined the Motivation Charitable Trust in 1993 to establish a national wheelchair service network in Cambodia. That first project with Motivation led to seven years of programme work, living and working in Cambodia, Russia, Lithuania, Albania, Romania, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

In 2000 Kylie returned to live in South Australia to start a family – however was unwilling to sever the links with Motivation and international development. After working as a short term consultant for the Motivation Charitable Trust on a range of projects; Kylie founded Motivation Australia in 2007.

As well as building Motivation Australia, Kylie has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organisation (WHO). Through this work she contributed to the development of the WHO Guidelines on the Provision of Manual Wheelchairs in Less Resourced Settings, and is the co-editor of the WHO Wheelchair Service Training Package (Basic and Intermediate modules).

Role: Kylie is Motivation Australia’s CEO, and also holds a position on the Board of Governors. Kylie is responsible for overall direction and approach; developing partnerships; and inputs into programmes with a focus on training and education tools; policy development; monitoring and evaluation.

What do you enjoy about working with Motivation Australia? Through Motivation Australia I have been able to continue working in a sector that I feel incredibly passionate about – and build a team of people who are just as keen as I am to see people who need an appropriate mobility device get one. I love that my work is now taking me to countries that are in my ‘home’ Region. I love working alongside our neighbours in the Pacific; and am learning all the time.

Connect with Kylie on LinkedIn.