SAMOA

Current programmes

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 one year 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.

Background

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.

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 »


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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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 »

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Wheelchair Service Management Workshop

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 »


Diabetic foot clinic team

Diabetic foot care research

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 »


Marjolein Wigman: Intern

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 »

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Diabetic foot clinic team

Diabetic Foot Care success in 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 »

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Information & data collection workshop

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 »


A successful wheelchair provision for this mother in Samoa - making her more mobile and independent!

New project: Samoa MEL Framework

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 »


Kicking goals in Samoa: project update

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 »

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Samoa’s MDS continues to thrive!

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 »

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A successful wheelchair provision for this mother in Samoa - making her more mobile and independent!

Mobility Device Service Samoa: Seeking a Principal!

The National Health Service in Samoa are looking to attract a qualified allied health clinician to run the newly established Mobility Device Service, integrating the provision of wheelchairs, walking aids and Prosthetics & Orthotics (for adults & children). The Principal will act as both senior clinician and service manager, reporting directly to the Manager Allied… Read more »


Basic training success in Samoa!

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 »

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Service Provision Training: Basic level

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 »

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Wheelchair fitting in the Solomon Islands

Mobility Device Service recruitment

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 »


A traditional Samoan meeting house

Samoa project update

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 »


The Samoan MDS Mobility Area - BEFORE the programme begins!

Working to establish mobility device services in Samoa

In early March 2014, Motivation Australia personnel Ray Mines and Lee Brentnall visited Samoa to continue working towards the establishment of the Mobility Device Services (MDS). You can download the project summary from the Recent Publications section of the Resources page. Samoa is a small Pacific Island state comprising two main islands, Upolu and Savaii,… Read more »


Samoa Integrated Mobility Device Services project

We are pleased to announce the beginning of the Samoa Integrated Mobility Device Services (SIMDES) project. This new project will be a four year (2014 – 2018) collaboration between the Samoa National Health Service (NHS), NOLA (Nuanua O Le Alofa) and Motivation Australia. This project is working to create consistent, equitable and sustainable access to… Read more »