Fiji, a popular tourist destination for many, is an island nation in the southwest Pacific Ocean consisting of 332 islands with a population of approximately 922,000 people. The two largest islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for more than 85% of the total land area. Viti Levu is the most developed and populated, and the location of Suva, the capital city.

Motivation Australia’s engagement with Fiji began following an initial visit in 2011. Since then, Motivation Australia has worked closely with Fiji’s rehabilitation and assistive technology stakeholders, including Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Fiji National University’s school of physiotherapy, the Fiji Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and Frank Hilton Organisation.

Disability related statistics and information:
• As of 2009, there were 11,402 persons reported with a disability. However, the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons (FNCDP) estimates that the real figure is likely to be over 85,000 people.
• Based on WHO statistics an estimated 8,810 people require a wheelchair and 4,405 people require a prosthesis or orthosis.
• On the 7th of June 2017, Fiji ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), committing to align all national legislation with the provisions of the CRPD.
• The FNCDP is the National legislated co-ordinating body for disability development in Fiji.
• The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2018 (Act No. 4 of 2018) was adopted in Fiji on the 16th of March 2018. For more information about the act please see the International Labour Organization website.

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