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.
They worked with ten wheelchair users throughout the practical sessions to assess, prescribe and fit a wheelchair – and provide user training. Follow up support was provided to an additional three wheelchair users.
The National CBR Unit in Honiara supported the training by contacting and supporting wheelchair users to attend the practical sessions and providing appropriate wheelchairs for the training. Two technicians from the National CBR Unit provided assembly and technical support for the students and wheelchair users during the practical sessions.
This training course was run as part of the WHO Integration: Fiji and Solomon Islands project. In order to integrate wheelchair service training into the curriculum’s of some of the health professional courses in the Pacific Region, Motivation Australia has teamed up with SICHE and the Fiji National University; this was the first training course in this project.
The WHO Integration: Fiji and Solomon Islands project is funded by the Planet Wheeler Foundation, the WHO and Motivation.