Fiji: Children’s wheelchair services

MA was pleased to once again work with our partners at the Frank Hilton Organisation to develop their children’s wheelchair services, as part of our Pacific MDS project. The team at FHO provide physiotherapy, hearing and mobility device services for children who attend Hilton Special School and Early Intervention Centre. In the coming months, FHO plan to pilot… Read more »


Basic wheelchair training: Fiji

On a trip to Fiji in May, Motivation Australia (MA) had the opportunity to provide basic level wheelchair service training to seventeen personnel from the Fiji Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), Frank Hilton organisation and Kiribati’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services. The eight day training course utilised… Read more »

Launch of Diabetic Foot Clinic in Kiribati

April saw the launch of Kiribati’s new Diabetic Foot Clinic (DFC) at Tungaru Central Hospital (TCH). Katrina McGrath from Motivation Australia and volunteer Podiatrist Nalini Natesan visited the DFC team in Kiribati to provide on site training and mentoring. DFC personnel practiced how to assess a client with a foot ulcer (wound), develop an appropriate… Read more »

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AT in the Federated States of Micronesia

“I always depend on my husband and other people. Seeing the different devices gives me hope and makes me realise I can do it all myself.” – Participant from the FSM Stakeholder Consultation Workshop In April, MA’s Kylie Mines and Larissa Burke travelled to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) as part of our FSM… Read more »

1,000 clients and counting…

An important milestone was reached last week in Samoa….the number of clients who have received a wheelchair, walking aid, prosthetic or orthotic device from the newly established Mobility Device Service at TTM hospital in Apia, passed 1,000! Congratulations to the Samoan service staff who work so hard to deliver these services. As a development organisation, our… Read more »

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). 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… Read more »

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… Read more »

MA's and Kiribati staff looking at training materials.

High Risk Foot Management in the Pacific

Katrina McGrath from Motivation Australia (MA) joined volunteers from the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) Australian National Member Society Outreach Committee (ISPO Outreach) in presenting a 3 day Instructional Course for High Risk Foot Management in the Pacific. The course provided an introduction to the management of diabetic foot ulcers with a focus on offloading including:… Read more »


FSM: Assistive technology project

Motivation Australia is pleased to announce the beginning of a new project with partners in the Federated States of Micronesia’s (FSM) Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSA) to: Analyse the current system of Assistive Technology (AT) service provision in FSM Develop a plan for improving quality and reach of assistive device service provision in FSM… Read more »

Vanuatu suppor visit

Katrina from Motivation Australia (MA) visited Vanuatu in January to provide mentoring and support in the provision of wheelchair services to service partners at Vanuatu Society of Persons with Disabilities (VSPD), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Justice and Community Services (MOJCS). The trip was a great opportunity to catch up with our partners and… Read more »

A happy young girl in a wheelchair

Wheelchair training in The Solomon Islands

From 26th January – 14th February 2017 Ray Mines and Lauren Flaherty were in Honiara (The Solomon Islands) delivering the Intermediate level, WHO Wheelchair Service Training (WSTP-I) for fourteen trainees from three countries. The young girl pictured above was one of 16 people (8 women or girls, and 8 boys) with disabilities who participated by being assessed and fitted with a… Read more »

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Welcome to the new SIA Executive Officer

Motivation Australia warmly welcomes Mere Roden into the position of Executive Officer of our partners, the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA). Joshco Wakaniyasi, Executive Director since 2008 is taking a well-earned break; having led the SIA through a solid period of growth and consolidation. Mere takes over the reins with a strong knowledge of the SIA… Read more »

Two Samoan staff adjusting a the knee of a prostheses

New Prosthetics and Orthotics service in Samoa

The Samoan National Health Service’s Mobility Device Service (MDS) will take another big step forward in the New Year with the much anticipated launch of Prosthetics and Orthotics services! The end of November saw a surge of activity with the delivery of the eagerly awaited Australian Aid funded Prosthetic and Orthotic tools and equipment, along… Read more »

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WDDAT Tigray

Motivation Australia is currently partnering with the Women with Disabilities and Development Association of Tigray (WDDAT). WDDAT empowers their members through practical initiatives and by advocating for policy change. WDDAT works with over 500 women, as well as members who are parents of children with disabilities. People from the mountainous northern province of Tigray in… Read more »

Reducing diabetic related amputation in Tonga

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 50% of hospital admissions and amputations as a result of diabetes can be prevented with appropriate foot care. This includes early identification of foot problems, wound management, the offloading of foot ulcers to promote healing and the promotion of lifestyle changes. Building on our successful work in Samoa… Read more »

Mobility device services in Tonga

Motivation Australia was recently invited by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to carry out a rapid assessment and detailed project design for Mobility Device Services to be established by the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga with funding from the Australian Government. Motivation Australia has previously worked in Tonga, including carrying out a mobility device… Read more »


DFC Research Summary

Earlier this year Marjolein Wiegman, from the University of Twente in the Netherlands joined Motivation Australia as an intern to undertake research into the ‘Costs and benefits of the Diabetic Foot Clinic in Samoa’. The research demonstrated that care provided by the Diabetic Foot Clinic (DFC) cost 8 times less when compared to inpatient treatment at… Read more »


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… Read more »

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… Read more »


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… Read more »