Vanuatu wheelchair service provision project

The Vanuatu Wheelchair Service Provision project Phase I (WSPI) is a one year (2015-2016) collaboration between the Vanuatu Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Justice and Community Services (MOJCS), VSPD (Vanuatu Society for People with Disability), the Sanma Frangipani Association (SFA) and…

Emergency response wheelchairs: APOTC workshop

Senior Clinical Coordinator Lauren Flaherty recently represented our sister organisation Motivation (UK) at the Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Conference held in Rotorua, New Zealand. Lauren presented an intensive, four-hour workshop focused on Motivation’s Emergency Response Wheelchair and training package. The…

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…
A child in Fiji being fitted with his new wheelchair.

Furthering wheelchair service delivery training in Fiji

In February – March 2015, Motivation Australia, Fiji National University (FNU) School of Medical Sciences and Nursing Physiotherapy department and the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) of Fiji worked together to successfully deliver the World Health Organisation (WHO) Wheelchair Service Training…

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…

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…
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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…
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Children’s wheelchair clinic: Tonga

Motivation Australia recently worked with the Mango Tree Rehabilitation Centre in Tonga to mentor staff through a seating clinic; providing wheelchairs for children with more complex needs. The focus of the clinic was to further develop the knowledge and skills of a technician, and an Australian volunteer physiotherapist working at the Mango Tree.

 

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The Kingdom of Tonga: Basic Wheelchair Training

Basic level wheelchair training was held in the Kingdom of Tonga in November for participants from Tongatapu and the Outer Island Groups of Ha’apai and Vava’u. The training was made up of a clinical training section – incorporating the WHO Wheelchair Service Training (basic level) course material; and a technical training section, which focused on the skills needed to assemble, adjust, maintain and repair wheelchairs.