Girl being assessed by NOPS staff members

Intermediate training completed in PNG!

Motivation Australia would like to congratulate eight staff from the PNG National Orthotics and Prosthetics Service (NOPS) and one physiotherapist from Cheshire Disability Services who have just completed the second stage of their intermediate level wheelchair service training. Intermediate level…
Photo of Timor-Leste team working with a child wheelchair user

Children’s Wheelchair Clinic

Motivation Australia’s spent a week with Timor-Leste’s CNR wheelchair service provision team facilitating a children’s wheelchair clinic.  These clinics are an opportunity to further develop the specific skills and knowledge required to provide an appropriate wheelchair for children who need…
A girl from PNG in her new wheelchair

Intermediate level wheelchair service training

Intermediate level wheelchair training was recently held in Lae, Papua New Guinea. Ten staff from the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Service (NOPS) the Department of Health and Cheshire Homes Services were joined by two staff from Kiribati’s Tungaru Rehabilitation Service…

Practical Design Fund project

Motivation Australia in collaboration with the Aboriginal Resource Development Service Inc. (ARDS) have recently completed a project as part of the Australian Government Practical Design Fund programme. This FaHCSIA programme is in preparation for the national disability insurance scheme, DisabilityCare Australia, which commences in July 2013.


East Arnhem Consultations

At the end of 2012, Motivation Australia received a grant from FaHCSIA’s Practical Design Fund to work with Yolngu communities in East Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory of Australia.
The focus of this work was on developing a shared understanding of Yolngu language and worldview concepts of disability.  This is one of the crucial first steps to support clear communication between future government departments, service providers and community members in light of the upcoming National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Collaborating with First People’s Disability Network

Motivation Australia in cooperation with the First People’s Disability Network (FPDN, formerly the Aboriginal Disability Network) carried out consultations in ten communities in East Arnhem Land, Central Desert, Northern Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands. Twenty-six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with mobility disabilities participated and related their stories and experiences of being service users.

National Leadership Workshop for Aboriginal People with a Disability

Motivation Australia was delighted to participate in the recent National Leadership Workshop for Aboriginal People with a Disability, hosted by the Aboriginal Disability Network in Sydney. The Workshop provided an opportunity to hear first hand some of the challenges Aboriginal…