Wheelchair Consensus Symposium
Approaches to Wheelchair Provision in Less Resourced Settings in the Asia Pacific Region
Thursday 25th and Friday 26th September 2008
Recognising the important role Australian organisations can play in working to address the need for appropriate wheelchairs, Motivation Australia, the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the National Committee on Rehabilitation Engineering are co-presenting the Wheelchair Consensus Symposium.
For people with a mobility disability, provision of a wheelchair which meets their physical, lifestyle and environmental needs can enable vastly improved health, social and economic well being. However, an estimated 20 million people living in low income countries require a wheelchair and do not have one.
The Symposium will draw together stakeholders in disability and development in less resourced settings in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, to:
- Introduce the WHO Guidelines on the Provision of Manual Wheelchairs in Less Resourced Settings
- Increase awareness of the need for appropriate mobility equipment for people with physical disabilities
- Share information and programme approaches to the provision of appropriate wheelchairs
- Increase collaboration between stakeholders in order to increase effectiveness
- Develop consensus on future approaches to wheelchair provision in the region
This event will be held over two days, with day one as plenary sessions, and day two break-out sessions for stakeholders, to discuss key issues and suggest strategies.
Themes for day two will be:
- wheelchair design and production
- wheelchair services
- training of local staff
- roles of Australian stakeholders
Registration enquiries: Kylie Mines, Motivation Australia
T: 08 8556 4423 or E:
The Symposium will include a FREE session open to the public: Wheelchair Provision in Low Income Countries presented by David Constantine on Thursday 25 September at 5.30pm in the Bradley Forum. Bookings are required for this event and may be made via The Hawke Centre RSVP phone line on 08 8302 0215 or email:
Jointly presented by Motivation, Engineers Australia and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at UniSA. The Wheelchair Consensus Symposium is supported by AusAID through the International Seminar Support Scheme.
Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre
Bradley Forum, Hawke Building, level 5
UniSA City West campus, 50-60 North Terrace
South Australia 5000