The situation: diabetic foot ulcers were leading to high rates of amputation Pacific Islands account for eight of the top ten in the world for diabetes prevalence. In 2014 Polynesia and Micronesia had the world’s highest age-standardised diabetes prevalence rate of nearly 25%. With high rates of diabetes also comes a high prevalence of diabetic… Read more »Tags: DFC, Diabetic Foot Care, Keep Moving Training
The Samoa Integrated Mobility Device Services (SIMDES) project is a four year (2014 – 2018) collaboration between the Samoa National Health Service (NHS), NOLA (Nuanua O Le Alofa) and Motivation Australia; funded by the Australian Government. This project is working to create consistent, equitable and sustainable access to appropriate mobility device provision for women, men, girls and boys with a mobility disability in Samoa.
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) framework project is a collaboration with the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD). It is focused on developing data collection tools that will assist the MWCSD to measure and learn about the impact of its work on creating a human-rights based, inclusive and barrier free society which advocates for and empowers people with disability.
2011: Motivation Australia in collaboration with NOLA conducted an initial research study visit to Samoa in September 2011, which fed into the design of a larger programme called the Samoa Disability Programme (SDP), funded by Australia Aid.
2013: The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) then contracted Motivation Australia to write a detailed design for a project specifically to create a Mobility Devices Service in Samoa. Following the completion of consultations with the NHS, NGO disability stakeholders and NOLA in October 2013, Motivation Australia submitted the project design document to DFAT. This project design became our current SIMDES project which is outcome 3(i) of the larger SDP project, both funded by Australia Aid.
2017: The SIMDES project to establish a Mobility Device Service at Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Apia is almost complete. Services to provide wheelchairs, walking aids, prosthetic and orthotic devices are all now being delivered independently by Samoan NHS staff.
In October Motivation Australia’s Lee and Katrina visited Samoa to undertake a rapid review of the prosthetic and orthotic components and materials that had been procured for the Mobility Device Service (MDS) as part of the Samoa Integrated Mobility Device Service (SIMDES) project. The review focused on the following key areas: Service facilities and personnel… Read more »
“I feel very happy… I learned a lot… I feel more comfortable and more confident to face people.” Shares Setu Tiatia, a member of Nuanua O le Alofa (NOLA), the national disability advocacy organisation in Samoa, and a key part of Motivation Australia’s (MA)’s project evaluation work in Samoa. Setu worked alongside Ari Hazelman (NOLA… Read more »
Motivation Australia’s (MA), Larissa Burke visited Samoa in October 2017 to work with stakeholders and a local team to prepare to undertake qualitative interviews with those who have been provided with a prosthetic or long term orthotic from the National Health Service Mobility Device Service (MDS). These interviews will provide the opportunity to hear more… Read more »
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 »
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 »Tags: ICRC, Prosthetics and Orthotics
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 »Tags: Diabetic Foot Care
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
Introducing Marjolein Weigman, volunteer intern at Motivation Australia. She is a Health Sciences student from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Marjolein wanted to come to Australia to experience “the great culture and the beautiful natural environment”. Her research project titled “Costs and benefits of the Diabetic Foot Clinic in Samoa”, will enable Motivation Australia and our partners… Read more »Tags: Diabetic Foot Care, Samoa
In 2014 the International Diabetes Federation reported that Pacific Island countries account for eight of the top ten countries in the world for diabetes prevalence, with some rates as high as 37%. The increasing burden diabetes is placing on social and health systems in the region, makes the prevention and treatment of Diabetes complications a… Read more »Tags: DFC, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Samoa
The Samoa Disability Programme (SDP) is a comprehensive Australian Government funded initiative currently being implemented in Samoa. The programme is led and coordinated by the Government of Samoa through the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD), with a number of activities implemented by a range of other Government and non-Government agencies. Motivation Australia… Read more »
The Samoa Disability Programme (SDP) is a comprehensive Australian Government funded initiative currently being implemented in Samoa. It has as an overall development goal of: a human-rights based, inclusive and barrier free society which advocates for and empowers people with disability, which aligns closely with the Government of Samoa’s commitments under the Convention on the… Read more »
The last five weeks have been busy ones on our project in Samoa. We are very pleased to welcome our new Principal (service manager) to the Mobility Device Service (MDS) team at the Samoa National Health Service. The Principal came on board just in time to join us for five weeks (part time) of the WHO Wheelchair Service Training… Read more »Tags: Children's wheelchairs and seating, Lauren Flaherty, Mobility Device Service, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Ray Mines, Wheelchairs For Kids
The Samoan Mobility Device Service (MDS) continues to move from strength to strength. Four wheelchair service personnel are providing competent, quality services to Samoans with a mobility disability. More than 200 people with a disability have received appropriate mobility devices since services began six months ago. They are being well supported by the services Client Liaison… Read more »Tags: Children's wheelchairs and seating, Clinical & Technical Reference Group, Mobility Devices, Wheelchair Service Training
Motivation Australia is pleased to report the successful completion of the 2014 Basic Level Wheelchair and Walking Aid training course. The training was held at the new Mobility Device Service (MDS) in Apia, Samoa, and was completed by 16 personnel from the MDS, MTII Hospital on Savaii, Loto Taumafai, Senese and Special Olympics Samoa (SOS). This… Read more »Tags: Wheelchair Service Training
Motivation Australia’s six week wheelchair and walking aid training course is in its final week; the Level 2 Service Provision training course has focused on the knowledge and skills required to provide basic level wheelchairs and walking aids for adults with a mobility disability. 16 trainees from the two major Samoan islands have been working together during the training. Together they have… Read more »Tags: Wheelchair Service Training
Preparations for the delivery of the first Motivation Australia wheelchair and walking aid training in Samoa continued this week with the arrival and unloading of two shipping containers of equipment and devices. One 20 foot container arrived from Adelaide with all the tools and equipment needed to start the Samoan Mobility Device Service (MDS) workshop,… Read more »Tags: Mobility Devices, Volunteer, Wheelchair, Wheelchair Service Training
The Samoan National Health Service is currently advertising clinical, technical and administration positions for the newly established Mobility Device Service (MDS) in Apia, Samoa. The MDS is being established with support from Motivation Australia through the Samoa Integrated Mobility Device Service (SIMDES) project, funded by Australian Aid. Position Code: SSC 04/2014. Position Title: Clinician of… Read more »
The Samoa Integrated Mobility Device Services (SIMDES) project has reached the first six month milestone! The four year project (2014 – 2018) is a collaboration between the Samoa National Health Service (NHS), NOLA (Nuanua O Le Alofa) and Motivation Australia, funded by the Australian Government (DFAT). Together we are working to create consistent, equitable and… Read more »