Kylie fitting wheelchair in Cambodia in 1993


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Kylie Mines started work for the UK based international development organisation the Motivation Charitable Trust in 1993 in Cambodia. After 15 years as an Occupational Therapist and Project Manager with Motivation, Kylie founded Motivation Australia with the support of the UK organisation. Motivation Australia was registered as an incorporated association (in South Australia) in February 2007. We have drawn on Motivation’s depth of knowledge and experience in the niche sector of ‘wheelchair provision in less resourced settings’; and have carried forward and further developed Motivation’s approaches for the Asia Pacific region. We are one of few development organisations working within the mobility device sector globally; and the only development organisation working in the Pacific Region with specialist expertise in this field. We are an independent organisation with a partnership agreement and shared goals with Motivation Charitable Trust.

Starting with our Strategic Plan 2014-18 and through the process of writing the “National Guidelines on the Provision of Assistive Technology in Papua New Guinea” with stakeholders in PNG, Motivation Australia has started to expand our focus to include a broader range of Assistive Technology. A major milestone in 2016 was the beginning of lower limb Prosthetics and Orthotics services by our Samoan partner the National Health Service. This wider horizontal scope, feels like a logical step for the Pacific region and at this stage of our development.

Find out more about our approach.