Data collection in the Solomon Islands

Motivation Australia (MA) has been working with partners at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) to develop a customised Mobility Device Service (MDS) Data System for the Rehabilitation Division. The MDS Data Systems includes service forms (such as registration forms and assessment form), data collection… 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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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 »


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 »


Solomon Islands WHO basic training

Motivation Australia was pleased to work with the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE) on their first WHO Wheelchair Service Provision (basic) training course. 17 students on the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) diploma course successfully completed the training.



Solomon Islands: WHO Training Package

Motivation Australia with local partners the National CBR Unit held the WHO Draft Wheelchair Service Training Package (Intermediate Level) in Honiara. The WHO training package focuses on the provision of appropriate manual wheelchairs for children and adults who require extra postural support.  



Peer Group Training in the Solomon Islands

Motivation Australia and the National Community Based Rehabilitation Unit held the first Peer Group Training (PGT) residential course in the Solomon Islands in June this year. PGT involves wheelchair users training others with a similar disability in skills and knowledge that enable them to carry out everyday activities and achieve an improved quality of life…. Read more »



Collaborating for Success: Wheelchairs for Kids

For two weeks in November Motivation Australia’s Lauren Houpapa (Occupational Therapist) and Ray Mines (Wheelchair & Seating Designer) worked with national staff of the Solomons Islands CBR (Community Based Rehabilitation) unit in Honiara to trial the new Wheelchairs For Kids wheelchairs.



Solomon Islands: Access to Mobility

The Solomon Islands are situated North East of Australia and made up of nearly 1,000 islands spread across thousands of kilometres of Ocean. The UN ranks the Solomon Islands on its list of Least Developed Nations. There are approximately 5,000 people who need a wheelchair in the Solomon Islands, most living in rural areas with… Read more »